Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, ever heard of him, fired a 10-under-par 60 to lead the Travelers Championship by three after day one. While you were busy emailing Debbie from HR about your vacation time carrying over to the new fiscal year, Hughes was draining putts from all over the course.
Guess Mackenzie was gassing the Booster Juice this morning. All told Hughes gained over FIVE strokes putting on the field on Thursday thanks to holing over 173 FEET of putts. THAT IS RIDICULOUS. 173 FEET!
Behind Mackenzie is plenty of firepower heading into round two.
Rory is three shots back after firing a 63 (with a bogey). His putting was the opposite of Mackenzie’s. He only made 65 feet of putts, but his proximity to the hole was tops in the field at 20 feet 5 inches. His best mark this year by nearly FIVE feet. BALL STRIKING CLINIC. Oh and he also took this insane line off the tee on nine.
Also tied with Rory at seven under is…
Xander Schauffele. What a GIF by the way. For those of you aren’t familiar with The Real Bros of Simi Valley jump on YouTube or Facebook watch. It is the dumbest show ever and awesome. But yeah, Xander had it all the way to eight under before a three-jack bogey on 17. He also left his birdie putt on 18 hanging on the lip. Tough look. He’s out early tomorrow and I think he’ll be at the top of the leaderboard (-12) as the TV coverage gets underway on Friday.
Viktor Hovland, one of the Tour’s young guns, is also T2 at -7. After a pedestrian front nine, he went off on the back. He had a streak of BIRDIE-EAGLE-BIRDIE-BIRDIE on the back. Casual. He recorded a 3 on six straight holes before bogeying the par-4 17th.
There’s a bunch of big names four shots back including Michael Thompson, Tyler Duncan and Seung-Yul Noh… I kid, Phil, Sergio and Louie Oosthuizen are all in the hunt.
My biggest takeaway of the day is that Wesley Bryan should be Mic’d up for every round. He is ALL OVER THE PLACE. He had quite the back-and-forth with Bubba Watson last weekend at the RBC Heritage and today he was at it again.
Not every par looks the same that’s for sure. How often do you get a thin, pull draw? Well, let me TELL YOU!
Then on 17 he was at it again.
This guy gets it!
Also, Abraham Ancer had a hole-in-one this morning. Seriously. Although, there is absolutely no video of it on the internet. NONE. Just have to trust him like that group of hacks that goes to collect their trophy at a scramble despite no one looking even close to being an athlete. But the Tourcast doesn’t lie or does it?
Guess will just have to trust Honest Abe.
Excited for day two at TPC River Highlands.