Travelers Championship: 5 things we learned during Thursday’s first round at TPC River Highlands

CROMWELL, Conn. — Four days after Matthew Fitzpatrick won the 122nd U.S. Open and less than 24 hours after PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced that significant changes to the PGA Tour calendar and FedEx Cup playoff system are on the way, the Travelers Championship began at TPC River Highlands.

Several golfers commented Thursday that after the grind of a U.S. Open, coming to this course, which usually yields low scores, is a welcome relief. Among the players who went low on the first day of the tournament were Rory McIlroy and J.T. Poston, both of whom shot 8-under 62s, as well as Xander Schauffele and Martin Laird (63). Three more players—Charles Howell III, Webb Simpson and Patrick Cantlay—shot 64. Anirban Lahiri had the most boring scorecard of the day. He shot a 70 after parring all 18 holes. He also did that in the final round of the 2015 Masters.

Here are five takeaways from the first day of action at the 2022 Travelers Championship.

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