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Five of the top 10 players in the world are set to make the short trip from Boston to Cromwell, Connecticut
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A large contingent of players will be making the short car ride from The Country Club to TPC River Highlands, as the 2022 Travelers Championship is scheduled to begin later this week. Following the U.S. Open once again, this will be the 70th edition of the tournament and the 39th of which will be held at TPC River Highlands.
This venue has been conducive for dramatic finishes. There have been a whopping 25 playoffs in its history, ranging from Jordan Spieth's epic hole out from a greenside bunker in 2017, to the 8-hole duel between Harris English and Kramer Hickok just last year.
Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy, the top two golfers in the world, will hope to be in the mix late into Sunday evening as both arrive off somewhat disappointing U.S. Open performances. Unable to add to their major championship record, they will now look to add to their season win tally, as will Sam Burns, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Spieth.
In total, 11 of the top 21 players in the world will be in the field with the FedEx Cup Playoffs are fast approaching. With only eight weeks left on the PGA Tour regular-season schedule, every tournament matters from here on out.
2022 Travelers Championship leaderboard: Rory McIlroy stands on top with more big names in contention
There were no signs of a major championship hangover for McIlroy on Thursday
Birdies were flying all day at TPC River Highlands as the 2022 Travelers Championship got underway Thursday. Leading the charge, both on and off the course, was none other than world No. 2 Rory McIlroy. Signing for a bogey-free 8-under 62, the Northern Irishman has positioned himself atop yet another leaderboard.
Victorious just two weeks ago at the Canadian Open, a "disappointing" top-five finish at the U.S. Open has done nothing to damper the spirits of the 21-time winner on the PGA Tour. Coming into this tournament as the betting favorite, McIlroy's price has shortened considerably from 9-1 to 9/4 at Caesars Sportsbook as he and co-leader J.T. Poston hold a slim one-stroke lead over Xander Schauffele and Martin Laird.
"Anytime you start with a 62, you're going to take it," said McIlroy, whose 62 matched his lowest round of the season. "I feel like the start I got off to was sort of slow in a way. I birdied the two holes on the back nine that you should, 13 and 15, and then made a nice one on 18 to turn in 3-under par. Then once I got going on the front side there, that's when I started to really feel it and started to hole some putts and hit some quality shots ... overall a really good round of golf and a great start."
McIlroy was not the only star to shine in the opening round of the Travelers Championship. Schauffele was terrific from tee to green en route to his 63, and his good friend Patrick Cantlay was sharp in the afternoon with a 64. While they thrived, Jordan Spieth dwindled and finds himself at 5 over with plenty of work to do just to make it to the weekend.
1. Rory McIlroy (-8): The Travelers Championship marks McIlroy's fourth consecutive week of competition as he has not taken a break since the week following the PGA Championship. As such, there were discussions of possible fatigue both leading into the tournament as well as after his opening 62. This isn't anything new for the 33-year-old as he plans to put his full force behind the remaining 54 holes before taking some much deserved time off.
"I didn't hit any golf balls Monday and Tuesday. I flew back down to Florida for a day, spent the night in my own bed, flew back up Tuesday, didn't come to the course, and then [Wednesday] playing the pro-am in the rain wasn't really great preparation, but I feel -- I played well at Brookline," said McIlroy. "I'm not going to lose it in two days. I knew my game was good. I think at this point it's just -- energy levels are OK. I'm feeling a little under the weather, but it's just concentration at this point. I've got three more rounds left until I have a couple of weeks off and prepare for The Open Championship. I'm going to put everything into those three rounds."