Friday, June 26, 2020
Ted Potter was sailing along in good shape in the first round of the Traveler's Championship when he hit a brick wall on his 14th hole at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Ted had begun on the back nine, made three birdies and one bogey, and went to hole No. 1 after a 2-under 33.
He was still at 2 under going to No. 5, which later turned out to be the early projected cut line, but he missed a putt of less than six feet and took a bogey, dropping him back to minus 1. It didn't end there. Ted took another bogey at 6 and the evil double bogey at the par-3 8th after hitting his tee shot in the water. He finished at 2 over for the round, and again has some serious business to take care of in round 2.
Mackenzie Hughes ran away with the first round, posting a 10-under-par 60 early in the morning, and it easily held up all day. Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy are tied for second after 7-under 63s, and there's a five-way tie at 64 that includes Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia. For Mickelson, it was a bogey-free round in his first event after turning 50.
Gator Brian Gay finished one better than the cut line with a 67, but Billy Horschel and Matt Every are in a little trouble after each shot even-par 70. Seminole Hank Lebioda is at 1-under 69 and Brooks Koepka withdrew after finding out his caddy has contracted the virus.
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