Rory McIlroy claims first PGA Tour ace at Travelers Championship

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It was McIlroy’s first ace in competition since he made one in Abu Dhabi on the European tour in 2015.
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June 23, 2023
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Rory McIlroy picked up his first ace on the PGA Tour, but America’s Denny McCarthy took the opening round lead with a blistering 60 at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The Northern Irishman’s hole-in-one on the 214-yard eighth was the clear highlight on a mixed session for the US Open runner-up, who finished two-under-par on a day of low scores.

It was McIlroy’s first ace in competition since he made one in Abu Dhabi on the European tour in 2015.

"5-iron to 115 yards slightly back into the wind off the right. And, yeah, as hole in ones go, I've had them in the past where it has been like an okay shot and you get a little lucky. That was the best shot of the day that I hit.

"Obviously a bonus for it to go in the hole, but it was really cool. I played pretty averagely up until that point. Felt like that hole in one got me going a little bit. Birdied the next couple holes after that and sort of got me into the tournament a bit."

Meanwhile, McCarthy shot the lowest round of his career after setting a blistering early pace with four straight birdies to open his tournament.

He added five more without dropping a shot en route to a score of 10-under-par.

He leads by two from compatriot Keegan Bradley and Australian veteran Adam Scott.

"It was nice to play in the afternoon I thought today," said McCarthy. "I played early at the U.S. Open on Thursday and you never know. Like you're expecting it to play hard, and then obviously like middle of the round you're like, oh, maybe it's not playing that hard. Guys are 6- or 7-under.

"It was nice to know from the start that it was gettable. The back nine here is one of my favorite nine holes on TOUR. It's very risk-reward. If you're playing well you can shoot 5-, 6-under; if you're not playing well it can beat you up.

"I like the back nine a lot so I came out firing and was playing really well to start."

Ireland’s Shane Lowry is four shots back after carding a bogey-free round of 64.

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T2Keegan Bradley-862
T2Adam Scott-862
4Scottie Scheffler-763
T5Shane Lowry-664
T5Chez Reavie-664
T5Eric Cole-664
T8Kevin Streelman-565
T8Kelly Kraft-565
T8Patrick Cantlay-565
T8Brendon Todd-565
T8Cam Davis-565
T8Zac Blair-565
T8Kevin Yu-565
T8Sungjae Im-565
T16Min Woo Lee-466
T16S.H. Kim-466
T16Sahith Theegala-466
T16Chad Ramey-466
T16J.T. Poston-466
T16Chesson Hadley-466
T16Greyson Sigg-466
T16Brian Harman-466
T16Luke List-466
T16Ben Taylor-466
T16Stephan Jaeger-466
T16Patrick Rodgers-466
T28Austin Eckroat-367
T28Emiliano Grillo-367
T28Andrew Putnam-367
T28Cameron Young-367
T28Ben Martin-367
T28Lee Hodges-367
T28Davis Thompson-367
T28Andrew Novak-367
T28Aaron Rai-367
T28Matt Fitzpatrick-367
T28Jon Rahm-367
T28Viktor Hovland-367
T28Lucas Herbert-367
T28Corey Conners-367
T28Andrew Landry-367
T28Callum Tarren-367
T28Patton Kizzire-367
T28Ludvig Aberg-367
T46Ryan Palmer-268
T46David Lipsky-268
T46Justin Suh-268
T46Dylan Wu-268
T46Xander Schauffele-268
T46Wyndham Clark-268
T46Tom Hoge-268
T46Matt NeSmith-268
T46Kevin Tway-268
T46Michael Kim-268
T46Adam Schenk-268
T46Brett Stegmaier-268
T46Jason Dufner-268
T46Rory McIlroy-268
T46Zach Johnson-268
T46Adam Long-268
T46Russell Knox-268
T46Byeong Hun An-268
T46Max McGreevy-268
T46Brandon Wu-268
T46Sam Bennett-268
T46Andrew Svoboda-268
T68Beau Hossler-169
T68Sepp Straka-169
T68Jim Herman-169
T68Tyler Duncan-169
T68Harris English-169
T68Gary Woodland-169
T68K.H. Lee-169
T68Martin Laird-169
T68Hideki Matsuyama-169
T68Peter Malnati-169
T68Carson Young-169
T68Mark Hubbard-169
T68Tony Finau-169
T68Russell Henley-169
T68Tom Kim-169
T68J.J. Spaun-169
T68Robert Streb-169
T68Tommy Fleetwood-169
T68Nick Hardy-169
T68Seamus Power-169
T68Lanto Griffin-169
T68Doug Ghim-169
T68Robby Shelton-169
T68Kyle Reifers-169
T92Thomas DetryPar70
T92Justin ThomasPar70
T92Davis RileyPar70
T92Brian GayPar70
T92Sam RyderPar70
T92Alex SmalleyPar70
T92Doc RedmanPar70
T92Vincent NorrmanPar70
T92Nick WatneyPar70
T92Nate LashleyPar70
T92Harry HallPar70
T92Rickie FowlerPar70
T92Lucas GloverPar70
T92Webb SimpsonPar70
T106Taylor Pendrith+171
T106Taylor Moore+171
T106Adam Svensson+171
T106Cameron Champ+171
T106Kurt Kitayama+171
T106Tyson Alexander+171
T106David Lingmerth+171
T106Ryan Blaum+171
T106Joseph Bramlett+171
T106Danny Willett+171
T106Charley Hoffman+171
T106Jason Day+171
T106Trey Mullinax+171
T106Justin Lower+171
T106Benjamin James(a)+171
T121Austin Smotherman+272
T121Sam Stevens+272
T121Billy Horschel+272
T121Max Homa+272
T121Richy Werenski+272
T121J.B. Holmes+272
T121Troy Merritt+272
T121Scott Piercy+272
T121Erik van Rooyen+272
T121Si Woo Kim+272
T121Christiaan Bezuidenhout+272
T121Hayden Buckley+272
T121Zecheng Dou+272
T134Jimmy Walker+373
T134Nico Echavarria+373
T134Joel Dahmen+373
T134Scott Stallings+373
T134Ben Griffin+373
T134Stewart Cink+373
T140Will Gordon+474
T140Collin Morikawa+474
T140Ryan Brehm+474
T140Garrick Higgo+474
T140Francesco Molinari+474
T145Ryan Moore+575
T145Carl Yuan+575
T145Paul Haley II+575
T145C.T. Pan+575
T145Matthias Schwab+575
150Kramer Hickok+676
T151Michael Thorbjornsen(a)+777
T151Matt Kuchar+777
T151James Hahn+777
154Matt Wallace+1080
W/DMackenzie Hughes-76
W/DKevin Kisner--
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