Quick hits from Thursday's Travelers Championship

Top quote – Rory McIlroy

“I felt much better about my game out there than I did at Erin Hills,” McIlroy told the Golf Channel on Thursday. “I feel a lot more comfortable in these surroundings, it’s tree-lined, there’s a little bit of definition.”

Best round – Jordan Spieth

Spieth has never played a competitive round at TPC River Highlands, but you wouldn’t know it by how he scored on Thursday. The world No. 6 made eight birdies and just one bogey for a 63.

Stat Round 1
Fairways hit 8/14
Greens hit 15/18
Putts per GIR 1.533

Shot of the day – Daniel Summerhays

Summerhays was inches from making an eagle at the par-4 17th on Thursday, using the backstop behind the hole to spin his ball back for a tap-in birdie.

(Video courtesy: pgatour.com)

Toughest hole – No. 5

Stat Round 1
Avg. Score 3.167
Birdies 7
Pars 118
Bogeys 29
Doubles 2
Other 0

Biggest disappointment – Jason Day

The Aussie was all over the golf course Thursday, posting a 2-over-par 72. Day made three birdies, three bogeys, and a double in Round 1 and sits in a tie for 111th place.

Stat – Spieth’s debut at River Highland

It was also the lowest opening round score of his career.

Friday’s storylines

  • Jason Day will need a good round to avoid missing another cut.
  • Spieth looked confident on the greens Thursday, and when that happens, it usually means a win for the 23-year-old.

(Photos courtesy: Action Images)

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