Rory McIlroy continued his impressive form as he shot an eight-under 62 to soar into the early clubhouse lead in the first round of the Travelers Championship.
Former world No. 1 McIlroy, who won the Canadian Open earlier this month and was in contention on the final day of last week’s US Open, made eight birdies at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut to tie his lowest opening round on the PGA Tour.
American JT Poston holds a share of the lead after making birdies on six of his first eight holes, one ahead of Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele and Scotland’s Martin Laird.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood hit an eagle in his two-under 68.
McIlroy may have only hit seven of 14 fairways but he was happy to have maintained form built up over the last month.
“I think the good thing is I’ve been playing well and you want to ride that wave of momentum you have,” he said in his post-round interview.
“Coming in here fourth week in a row I knew I was going to be a little bit tired but whenever you are playing this well you just want to keep it going.
“If I had taken this week off I’d have been sitting at home thinking it was a missed opportunity.
“My preparation hasn’t been what it would usually be. I got off to a nice start, hit some quality shots early on which gave me some confidence and I built upon that.
“When I got into the second nine I started to play really well and started to hole some putts and when you get on a run like that you just have to try to keep it going.”
The Northern Irishman, starting on the back nine, got his round going with a chip-in birdie at the par-five 13th having blasted his greenside bunker shot into the far fringe.