Steve Lowery shot a six-under-par 64 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship on Thursday.
Showing no signs of his recent struggles, Lowery took advantage of ideal playing conditions at the TPC River Highlands, rattling off six birdies in a nine-hole stretch to join Americans Johnson Wagner and Brad Adamonis and England’s Brian Davis at the top of the leaderboard.
England’s Justin Rose heads a cluster of seven players one shot back at five-under 65. Rose, who still is seeking his first PGA Tour win, had five birdies in his bogey-free round. He is tied with Ken Duke, Lucas Glover, Michael Thompson, Tom Pernice Jr, John Huston and Peter Karmis.
Vijay Singh, Stewart Cink and Kenny Perry are among 16 players tied at four-under 66, while defending champion Hunter Mahan finished with a two-under 68.
It was an unlikely cast of leaders, with each having missed at least six cuts already this season, even though Lowery and Wagner own victories at the Pebble Beach and Houston, respectively.
After playing his first seven holes at one under, Lowery caught fire starting with consecutive birdies at the eighth and ninth. He was flawless on the back nine, carding three straight birdies starting at the par-four 12th.
Lowery, who did not play at the US Open last week, entered this tournament having missed the cut in six of his last 10 tournaments since winning the AT&T National Pro-Am in February.
Wagner and Adamonis each took advantage of eagles at the short par-four, 296-yard 15th hole, while Davis scorched the TPC for eight birdies to offset a pair of bogeys at holes two and 10.