McIlroy, Poston share first-round lead in Travelers

J.T. Poston Photo: MICHAEL REAVES/ GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/ Getty Images via AFP

Rory McIlroy and J.T. Poston each shot a bogey-free, 8-under-par 62 to tie for a one-shot lead over a packed field in the opening round at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

The two hold a one-stroke lead over Xander Schauffele and Martin Laird, who recorded 63s, and are two up on Charles Howell III, Webb Simpson and Patrick Cantlay. Cam Davis and Matthew NeSmith shot rounds of 65 to sit three strokes off the lead.

Five more players are four strokes behind the leaders with a round of 66.

Fourteen players shot a 66 or better at TPC River Highlands, a welcome break from the scores at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusets, the rugged course where the U.S. Open was contested last week.

The course was not so forgiving to Jordan Spieth, who shot a 5-over 75, mixing four birdies with five bogeys and two double bogeys.

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