Hunter out in Front at Travelers Championship

Hunter Mahan carded 10 birdies en route to an eight-under-par 62 and a two-shot lead in the first round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Hunter Mahan carded 10 birdies en route to an eight-under-par 62 and a two-shot lead in the first round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Ignited by birdies on the first four holes at the TPC at River Highlands, Mahan also had a string of four consecutive birdies between the 11th and 14th to assume a two-shot lead over Chris DiMarco.

Play was suspended late in the day due to inclement weather with 40 players still on the course.

Mahan tied for 13th at the US Open last week, finishing at 12-over 292. He has just one top-10 finish in 17 events this year. Birdies were at a premium at Oakmont, with Argentina’s Angel Cabrera posting a winning score of five over-par.

The lone blemishes on Mahan’s round today were a pair of bogeys – at the par-four seventh and par-three 16th. He responded with a birdie at number 17, traditionally one of the TPC’s most difficult holes, before closing with a par on 18.

DiMarco, who started on the back nine, had a round that included seven birdies and a bogey – at 17 – to take sole possession of second place.

Five players are tied for third at five-under 65, including Brad Faxon, who won this event in 2005. He is in a logjam with Carl Pettersson, Bob Heintz, Michael Sim and Kenny Perry, who had a torrid start with birdies on five of the first six holes.

Defending champion JJ Henry signed for a 68.

England’s Justin Rose and Greg Owen both managed a one-under-par 69, the latter through 16 holes, compatriot Brian Davis shot a level-par 70 through 16 and Irishman Padraig Harrington was one over-par after completing his round.

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