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Spieth, Johnson share Travelers Championship lead with McIlroy one back

30 June, 2018, 01:31 | Author: John Swanson
  • Spieth ties for 1st-round lead

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, victor of three majors, was among them, shooting a seven-under par 63 at the TPC Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., to share the lead with Zach Johnson, twice a major victor.

Spieth had six birdies and an eagle out the bunker on par-5 sixth hole, something like the shot he hit from a greenside bunker to win over Daniel Berger in a playoff.

"Having this tournament right after the tournament last week, I think it gets guys back into the normal routine", McIlroy said. "But it was actually a pretty tough shot there, nearly a little downslope and I had to hit close to the ball, which you just have to commit to it".

"I've seen the shot a lot of times, especially the couple weeks after the golf tournament. I probably could have gone 4-5 feet by, but I couldn't hit it any better than I did, and I was obviously fortunate for it to hit the pin and go in".

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Johnson ran off six birdies in a row from the 11th through 16th holes before his lone bogey of the day at 17 snapped the American's dream streak. He had eight birdies and one bogey. Johnson recovered from a slow start to tie for 12th in the U.S. Open. "You've just got to go out and execute".

Both Spieth and McIlroy failed to make the cut at Shinnecock Hills last week after the big-name duo carded 78 and 80 respectively in their opening round. McIlroy has been trying to focus more on his golf swing and not so much the result or a number that he is trying to shoot.

Brian Harman shot a 4-under 66 on Friday to move to 10-under par and watched that hold up for the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship, thanks in part to a 10-second rule.

England's Paul Casey, who started his round on the 10th tee, shot a five-under 65, the only blemish in his round coming at the fourth. "Honestly, I laughed", said McIlroy. "It's sort of hard because my body has changed quite a bit since then and the feelings I have, but the feeling I have right now is the feeling I had in the middle of 2009". I came off, I think, a third at Muirfield before the US Open, and maybe a second at Colonial to a second and a third, and the Open previous year off of a win here.

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But the three-time Major victor responded with a tap-in eagle at the par-five sixth, putting his second shot inches from the cup.

"I definitely helps, Thomas said". "I think out of instinct went to give me the putter, and I told him I didn't need that, so put it back in the bag".

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