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The 18th hole at TPC River Highlands will be a key hole this week.

Rogash/Getty Images The 18th hole at TPC River Highlands will be a key hole this week.

CROMWELL, Conn. — The first round of the Travelers Championship is under way, where we’ll have live updates throughout the day. Share your thoughts below.

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3 p.m. — Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is off to a good start at 4 under through his first nine holes. So far, Jacobson has missed just one fairway and one green on his way four birdies and no bogeys. The last (and only) player to successfully defend here? Phil Mickelson in 2001-2002.

2:30 p.m. — David Mathis’ once-torrid pace has slowed — he just made the turn at 5 under after a bogey on the 18th. One shot behind him on the leaderboard: Rocco Mediate, who is 4 under through his first eight holes. Meanwhile, the featured group of Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley is nearing the turn. Simpson leads the trio at 2 under, while Watson and Bradley are both 1 under.

2 p.m. — Will Claxton had a chance to grab the clubhouse lead at 6 under, but he bogeyed the par-4 18th hole to finish with a 65 and a share of the clubhouse lead. Claxton missed the green right, then failed to get up and down, leaving himself over 20 feet after a poor shot out of the greenside bunker. Meanwhile, David Mathis is the leader on the course at 6 under through his first seven holes, which included a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th.

1:35 p.m. — David Mathis aced the 158-yard par-3 11th earlier, and he’s kept the momentum going. The 38-year-old is 5 under through his first five holes and currently has a share of the lead at 5 under. Patrick Cantlay’s day didn’t go nearly as well. He double-bogeyed two of his first three holes and shot 75 in his first round as a professional. A year after shooting a course-record 60 — the lowest round ever recorded by an amateur on the PGA TOUR — Cantlay hit just seven fairways and 10 greens Thursday, while taking 31 putts.

1:20 p.m. – Apparently the grind of the U.S. Open hasn’t had any negative effects on Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson or Keegan Bradley. The trio of major winners is a combined 4 under through two holes with Watson leading the way with birdies on each of his first two holes. Watson of course won here two years ago. (Click here to follow them live)

1 p.m. – Matt Kuchar turned 34 on Thursday, and he celebrated it by shooting a 3-under 67. At one point, Kuchar really had it going at 5 under through his first 10 holes but gave three shots back with bogeys on Nos. 2, 4 and 7. Coming off a long week at the U.S. Open, Kuchar “Some days feel like a letdown,” said Kuchar, whose grandparents live about an hour south of here. “You’ve just played a tournament where so much pressure and so many people. You can see guys being tired, being fatigued from last week.”

12:30 p.m. — A shot off the lead is Jerry Kelly, who played his college golf at nearby University of Hartford and was bogey-free on Thursday. Kelly has struggled of late, however, missing three of his last five cuts and also failing to qualify for the year’s first two majors. “I had to take serious stock in my game,” Kelly said. “I had to figure out if I’m going to go one way or the other way. And definitely just want to rededicate myself, both mentally and physically. That’s kind of the way I came out today and this week was to kind of reset the program a little bit and be a little nicer to myself and maybe everybody else.” The result? Kelly birdied his first three holes and added one more for his best round in two months.

Noon – Temperatures are soaring well into the 90s here, and a heat index that’s into triple digits. It hasn’t affected scoring, though, with Nathan Green the early clubhouse leader after a 5-under 65. The Aussie got off to a fast start, making the turn in 31 after five birdies and one bogey on the back nine. He made just one birdie the rest of the round, however. Still, it’s a good start for Green, who has missed three of his last four cuts and had just three other opening rounds in the 60s this year.


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