Rory McIlroy impressive at the Travelers Championship, Paul Barjon in the fight

Despite the demands and fatigue, Rory McIlroy is in good shape. Thursday he matched his career best card on the PGA Tour to take the lead in the Travelers Championship alongside JT Poston.

After his fifth place on Sunday at the US Open and two weeks after his success in the Canada Open the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy returned a bogey-free and punctuated card with 8 birdies. He notably managed a 15-meter putt on the 7th his 16th hole of the day.

“It’s like this tournament acted like a rehab from the US Open”, declared the four-time major winner. “I like coming here the week after the US Open, it allows you to reconnect with the low scores and forget what you went through the week before.

After crossing the midpoint at -6 J.T. Poston may have imagined equaling Jim Furyk’s record 58 on the same TPC River Highlands course in 2016. But the American settled for two birdies on his return and shares first place with the world number 2.

Schaule goes fast

After a bit of a fright following a misunderstanding of his departure time, Xander Schauele had to speed up his warm-up. This did not prevent him from achieving what he had never done before, that is to say to take the 18 greens in regulation!

The current 15th player in the world is one shot behind the leading duo.

Simpson enjoys the suction

Patrick Cantlay, Charles Howell III and webb simpsonwho played alongside McIlroy, turned in a creditable 64 and settled into the top 10.

“We kind of fed on each other’s performance” , named Simpson about McIlroy. “ The holes started to look bigger and bigger.”

Spieth in the hard

If the rain the day before allowed the morning games to benefit from more receptive greens, the wind made the task more complicated for the afternoon players.

The lessee of the title English Harrisreturned a card of 66 as the world number 1 Scottie Scheffler settled for a 68.

Winner here in 2018, Jordan Spieth suffered in the image of his double bogey in the 12th, after sending his face-off out of bounds. After putting his ball in the water at 16 he could not do better than 75 and is 13 shots from the lead in the depths of the classification.

Barjon on alternating current

Not qualified for US Open Paul Barjon is back this week in Connecticut. Starting from 10th, the Frenchman did well in his tournament with two birdies on the first third of the course.

-1 after 13 holes Paul Barjon then made two mistakes for which he paid cash.

He missed the green on the wrong side at par 3 hole n°5 and missed his 2nd shot of the 9 from the fairway less than 120 meters from the green. These two bogeys in 5 holes send the tricolor beyond the 90th place to two strokes of the provisional cut.

169th in the FedEx Cup Barjon will try to clear his 4th cut in 5 tournaments on Friday then hopes to continue with a good weekend.

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