Hughes shoots 60, McIlroy makes strong start at Travelers Championship
Mackenzie Hughes carded a brilliant 10-under-60 to lead the Travelers Championship when Rory McIlroy made a strong start.
Hughes picked up 10 birdies in the first round at the TPC River Highlands in Connecticut to open a 3-stroke lead on Thursday.
The Canadian, who had struggled since returning from the coronavirus break, made six birdies on his first nine holes before picking up shots on the second, sixth, seventh and eighth holes.
Hughes is three shots away from McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland.
McIlroy mixed an eagle and six birdies with just one bogey to start with a seven-under-63.
While Hughes is clear, the rest of the leaderboard is overloaded, with another six players lagging fifth.
Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Michael Thompson, Tyler Duncan, Noh Seung-yul and Louis Oosthuizen opened with 64s.
Jordan Spieth had a solid start with a three-under-67, alongside Jason Day and Justin Rose among others.
Spieth, without a win since 2017, was four out of nine holes before a mixed nine that included 10 and 18 bogeys.
Also in a tie for the 33rd is Abraham Ancer, who produced the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the 16th.
Former number 1 in the world, Dustin Johnson, opened with a 69 in the first round, two strokes better than compatriot Justin Thomas.
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