Tom Kim takes opening lead at Travelers Championship

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Kim’s eight-under-par opens a two-stroke advantage on the eve of his 22nd birthday.
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June 21, 2024
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Tom Kim opened with a 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead in the Travelers Championship.

Kim, who turns 22 on Friday, wrapped up his bogey-free eight-under-par round at TPC River Highlands with back-to-back birdies.

"I hit fairways, I hit greens and made some putts. Nothing really severely different. Obviously, scoring-wise, just it's getting sharper and sharper and I feel like I've been playing like this kind of the last few months, but to kind of keep it sharp and to keep maintaining, I feel like that's why I'm on my eighth week, to kind of just keep it going. It is just kinds of nice to see those rounds come together and the next three days kind of keep that same game plan whether good score or not score. Just kind of keep it together and keep that sharpening.

"I felt like my game was there, but wasn't really showing in tournaments. I kind of sat down and I'm like, you know what, it's almost the last stretch of the season, and I want to really -- I feel like I'm playing good, I just can't, for some reason I can't show it off in golf tournaments. I think that's the reason why I'm playing a lot more than I normally ever would is because if you keep getting reps in in tournaments you kind of keep sharpening, sharpening, sharpening and that's what's happening. So it's, I'm glad to kind of see it actually come out though."

Rickie Fowler was among those two shots back, alongside fellow Americans Akshay Bhatia, Kurt Kitayama and Will Zalatoris.

World number one Scottie Scheffler, who also celebrates his birthday on Friday, was among those a further stroke adrift.

Scheffler, who has won five times this year, finished outside the top 10 at the US Open – only the second time he has dropped that low this season – but three birdies in his first four holes blew away any cobwebs with an eagle three on the 13th.

“Definitely feel like I’m swinging a lot better than I did last week,” said Scheffler on the eve of his 28th birthday. “It’s nice to get here on some familiar surfaces and hit some good putts and see some balls go in.”

Tommy Fleetwood also eagled the 13th as a strong finish lifted him into a large group on three-under-par, including Ireland’s Seamus Power and Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg.

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Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Tom Kim-862
T2Akshay Bhatia-664
T2Rickie Fowler-664
T2Kurt Kitayama-664
T2Will Zalatoris-664
T6Taylor Pendrith-565
T6Mackenzie Hughes-565
T6Patrick Rodgers-565
T6Scottie Scheffler-565
T6Cam Davis-565
T6Tony Finau-565
T6Xander Schauffele-565
T13J.T. Poston-466
T13Hideki Matsuyama-466
T13Wyndham Clark-466
T13Christiaan Bezuidenhout-466
T13Collin Morikawa-466
T18Brian Harman-367
T18Seamus Power-367
T18Sam Burns-367
T18Corey Conners-367
T18Sungjae Im-367
T18Denny McCarthy-367
T18Tommy Fleetwood-367
T18Ludvig Åberg-367
T26Victor Perez-268
T26Lee Hodges-268
T26Nick Taylor-268
T26Justin Thomas-268
T26Nick Dunlap-268
T26Viktor Hovland-268
T26Patrick Cantlay-268
T33Thomas Detry-169
T33Eric Cole-169
T33Tom Hoge-169
T33Sahith Theegala-169
T33Sepp Straka-169
T33Keegan Bradley-169
T33Shane Lowry-169
T33Emiliano Grillo-169
T33Si Woo Kim-169
T33Adam Hadwin-169
T33Brendon Todd-169
T44Robert MacIntyrePar70
T44Jake KnappPar70
T44Harris EnglishPar70
T44Taylor MoorePar70
T44Max HomaPar70
T44Jordan SpiethPar70
T44Austin EckroatPar70
T44Russell HenleyPar70
T44Lucas GloverPar70
T53Davis Riley+171
T53Jason Day+171
T53Ben Griffin+171
T53Andrew Putnam+171
T53Adam Svensson+171
T53Chris Kirk+171
T53Matthieu Pavon+171
T53Stephan Jaeger+171
T61Cameron Young+272
T61Webb Simpson+272
T61Justin Rose+272
T61Michael Thorbjornsen+272
T61Billy Horschel+272
66Peter Malnati+373
T67Adam Scott+474
T67Matt Fitzpatrick+474
T67Adam Schenk+474
70Chris Gotterup+575
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