Phil Mickelson scored two birdies with a total putt distance of nearly 31.4 meters on June 24 – the opening day of the Travelers Championship.

The PGA Tour event took place at TPC River Highlands, par70 in Cromwell, Connecticut with a prize fund of $7.4 million.

In the first round on June 24, Mickelson started from the beginning of the field, scoring round -1 with two birdies and a bogey through eight holes. Going to the 9th hole par4, 406 yards, turning right, the American player played 288 yards into the bunker on the left side of the fairway, right around the bend. Golfer born in 1970 hit the green on the third shot, 19.2 meters from the hole, but since then he has recorded a birdie:

Mickelson putt from 19.2 meters in the first round Travelers

This is Mickelson’s longest hole-closing phase since 2003, when the PGA Tour started implementing the ShotLink system to record the technical parameters of the whole arena. And over the past 20 years, he has three times pushed into the hole from outside 60 feet (1 foot equals 0.3 meters), including yesterday.

On the 10th hole, Mickelson, 12.2 meters away, still pulled in, this time to keep par.

Mickelson put 12.2 meters away in the first 10 holes of Travelers

However, “Lefty” then “lost fire” towards the end of the round.

Par3 11 hole, he hit the bunker before the green, then failed to get out on the second shot. In this phase, the PGA Tour recorded Mickelson about 8.2 meters from the hole but the ball went less than a meter and hit the rough grass near the bottom of the trap. He hit the green on his third shot and closed the bogey with a 2.1-meter putt.

The remaining seven holes, Mickelson considered breakeven because the birdie on hole 17 made up for birdie on hole 13. With a score of -1 (69 strokes), Mickelson stood at T45. This group includes the Koepka brothers – Brooks and Chase, the PGA Tour boss – Bryson DeChambeau, three former major champions – Patrick Reed (Masters 2018), Adam Scott (Masters 2013), Jason Day (PGA Championship 2015).

Shocked, but Mickelson still has not achieved a good total on the first day of Travelers.  Photo: AP

Shocked, but Mickelson still has not achieved a good total on the first day of Travelers. Image: AP

The top of the board is at -7, including Kramer Hickok and Satoshi Kodaira. Yesterday, these two players shared 63 strokes, with Hickok scoring eight birdies and one bogey, while Kodaira scored an eagle, six birdies and a bogey.

Hickok was born in 1992, has not won the PGA Tour after five years of playing professionally and is ranked 331 in the world (OWGR table). Kodaira is three years older than Hickok, has a PGA Tour title – RBC Heritage 2018. Compared to the OWGR position, Kodaira is 37 places above the American junior.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson is at T76 with an even par after the first round of defending the Travelers Championship. Johnson on June 21 ended a 43-week streak of leading golf in the world. Jon Rahm replaced Johnson in this position thanks to winning the major US Open.

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