Top Golfers Return To Connecticut For PGA Tour's Travelers Championship

Rory Mc Ilroy on the 18th hole

Rory Mc Ilroy on the 18th hole

List missed the cut in three of his past six events, including the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills last weekend. They're spending this week in CT looking to fix whatever might be wrong with their game before next month's British Open.

"I could have tidied up a few more putts, but for the most part I feel good about my game", said Day. "It's tough to go win a major championship if you're not at least coming off of top 10 finishes in tournaments where you had a chance to win". But both shot a 63 to move into contention heading into the weekend, three shots behind the leader. That started a memorable summer that included his first Claret Jug.

Spieth captured his third major crown past year at Royal Birkdale just a month after a spectacular chip-in from a bunker to defeat Daniel Berger in a playoff for the Travelers title. On his way home after missing the cut. "But, to be able to come back and hopefully do what Jordan did past year would be nice". The average winning score since Travelers began sponsoring the tournament in 2007 is a 16-under par 264.

Spieth has putted poorly for much of the year, but he sounded upbeat about his progress.

"It's cool because I get to see actual PGA pros that I usually watch on the TV and today I actually get to see them in real life", said Brennan Meyers of Berlin. There are some holes you can get at. "That's a nice thing".

Speith will be tested by a field that includes fourth-ranked Brooks Koepka, coming off his second consecutive US Open victory, as well as second-ranked Justin Thomas, who won last year's PGA Championship, and Australia's ninth-ranked Jason Day.

Defending champion Spieth blasted out of a bunker 31 feet for eagle at the par-five sixth, evoking memories of the bunker hole-out the United States star hit past year in a playoff to win the event at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. "I was having a hard time, not getting motivated, but just getting focused", Thomas said. They are here to win. It's a place that I like, and it's - I'm not here thinking about the Open. "This golf course - I played it really smart today". It's totally, completely different golf. "So that's kind of how you've got to think about it is you have a lot of opportunity on the back side if you get the ball on the fairway. Hopefully I'll be able to learn from a positive experience of some sort this week".

The highlight of Jones' round came at the par 5 3th (his 4th hole) where his second from 240 yards finished just ten feet from the hole and he converted for eagle.

"You can't hit that shot and then not make that putt", he said. I look around right now and there's a dozen things I want to do better-even in what I can see in eye shot: "'I'd like to do that with that walking path or what if we did that for the fans here".

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