Trio share lead after day one of Travelers Championship


The American trio of Vaughn Taylor, Andrew Loupe and Jerry Kelly all share the lead at six under after the first round of the Travelers Championship. 

Each shot a 64 on the opening day of action at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut on Thursday. 

Taylor, who ended an 11-year wait for a win on the PGA Tour in February, shot one birdie on the front nine but sunk five in a row on the home stretch.

Loupe, meanwhile, also began on the front and was sitting at six under after 13 holes, but struck a bogey on the 16th.

However, the 27-year-old recovered with par and a birdie from his last two holes, helping him take a share of the lead.

Kelly was the only one of the leaders to begin on the back nine, with a birdie on the last hole also putting him at six-under-par 64. 

The 49-year-old's highlight included an eagle on the 15th, as he looks to win his first PGA Tour tournament since 2009. 

Ben Martin, Marc Leishman - winner in 2012 - and John Rahm sit one stroke behind tied for fourth, with Daniel Berger and Carlos Ortiz both on four under tied for seventh. 

A total of 15 are on three under tied for ninth, including last year's winner Bubba Watson.

Watson, 37, hit a bogey-less round but could only manage three birdies, seeing him three shots off the pace going into the second round on Friday. 

Meanwhile, Kim Si-koo managed a hole-in-one on the fifth hole - the first ace at the Travelers Championship since 2011.