Jordan Spieth and Zach “It’s Gone” Johnson are tied for the lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. The pair tops a very packed field as 22 players are within 3 shots of the lead. Leaderboard
Johnson has not won since his 2015 Open Championship but has notched two top 5 finishes and a top 1 complaint so far this year. He made eight birdies before bogeying the 17th hole to settle for 63.
Spieth, the defending champion of this event, got off to a torrid start on Thursday. He made 6 birdies and an eagle to go along with one bogey. Jordan has had a notoriously poor year putting but got off to a respectable start on Thursday, finishing 26th in strokes gained putting.
The trio of Rory McIlroy, Brian Harman and Peter Malnati finds themselves one shot back of the pace. Rory is continuing his hot and cold season that includes a win and four missed cuts, including last week’s U.S. Open. He led the field in SG off the tee, the least surprising stat you’ll read today.
Brian Harman has become one of the PGA Tour’s most consistent players. He has seven top 10 finishes with his best finish being a 3rd place at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. With a strong finish to the season, Harman still has an outside shot at the USA Ryder Cup team.
Peter Malnati is someone that only the true golf sickos are familiar with. He had a very successful Web.com Tour career but has struggled on the PGA Tour this season. He has 10 missed cuts and is yet to finish in the top 25 of a tournament. Malnati has already played in 20 events this season. Twenty.
Other Leaderboard Notes
Beau Hossler finds himself near the top of the leaderboard on another Thursday. He has been consistently good on Thursdays but has gotten consistently worse as the weeks go on.
Paul Casey is a top 10 machine and finds himself tied for 6th after the first round.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka birdied four of his first five holes but settled for a first round 68 (-2).
Where do they come from?
Ever wonder where all the great PGA Tour pros come from? Friend of The Fried Egg Laz Versalles dove into the data and put together an article of where the top 100 American golfers grew up golfing. Full article.
A new report out of Australia has unfortunately reported that tour favorite Jarrod Lyle is going through a ‘scary’ period in his third battle with cancer. Lyle has already gone through two bouts with acute myeloid leukemia but has been going through a very difficult period recently. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery for Jarrod Lyle. Full Story
PGA Professionals Championship
20 local PGA professionals have qualified for the PGA Championship via the PGA Professionals Championship out in California. These twenty men will join the field at Bellerive in August in what is sure to be one of the cooler experiences of their life. Read about the full list of 20 players who qualified HERE
PGA Tour legend Hubert Green passed away Wednesday night at the age of 71. Green had a fantastic PGA Tour career, winning 19 events and 2 major championships. He won the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills and the 1985 PGA Championship at Cherry Hills. Green is the second legend to pass recently after Peter Thompson died earlier this week.
A win for the muni
Big news out of Philadelphia with the City Counsel agreeing to lease Cobb’s Creek to the Friends of Cobb’s Creek Foundation at a cost of $0 per year for 50 years. The Hugh Wilson (Merion) design has gone through decades of neglect but still has the bones of a fantastic golf course. Thanks to the patient efforts of Joe Bausch and Mike Criba over a number of years, this decision should pave the way for a restoration. The Wilson-designed golf course could become one of the country’s finest municipal facilities in the country with some much needed TLC.
Brooks Koepka has no idea where the U.S. Open trophy is.
Sebastian Gros leads after the first round of the BMW International on the European Tour. Leaderboard
Ben Kohles and Sebastian Cappelen lead the Web.com Tour event in Wichita. Leaderboard
Phil issued an official apology for his antics at the U.S. Open. You can care if you want to.
It’s sunny, buy a hat.