PGA Tour: Zach Johnson holds early lead at Travelers Championship

Spieth ties for 1st-round lead

Spieth, others try to bounce back after missing US Open...

Jordan Spieth may prepare for the Open Championship in a different way than he did for last year's.

"We all as competitors and golfers, we want to have really, really hard tests that make you push it physically and mentally", Johnson said. "This week it's kind of in attack mode". Then on the par five sixth hole, Spieth reminded everyone of the moment from one year ago. This week it's guns blazing.

Harman also began on the back nine and made three bogeys and three birdies before the turn, then birdied four of the first seven holes on his second nine of the day, the most impressive of them on a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-four fourth.

Jordan Spieth, who led after every round previous year before winning the title on his first appearance at the event, was once again in lead, sharing it with Zach Johnson.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth bounced back from their US Open disappointments as they made flying starts to the Travelers Championship in CT.

Jones hit 16 of 18 greens for the second consecutive day, following up his first-round 65 with a 66. It was one of his better rounds of golf this season.

"The putter has been really good so far, but I've been in position a lot", he said. I'm not playing this to get my game ready for the Open. "I would probably call it the third best (round) of the year, behind the first and last round at Augusta. I've been working on some things on the swing, just made a decision to play toward the center of the greens and let the putter do the work because it's starting to come around".

Early leader Johnson was critical of last week's third round set-up at the US Open. I had a good one at Houston I remember. I actually lipped out my chip on 10, lipped out for eagle on 13. "It was nice to see the shots that I was playing out there, being able to work the ball both ways, something that I wasn't quite as comfortable doing last week", he said after the round.

"Six in a row is a treat", he said. But that being said, any time you have the opportunity to get into contention, you can learn from that and use it in future events. "I don't know what it is about the hole, but that hole, I get on the tee and for whatever reason I struggle". There is a stretch there where you can make some big numbers or you can make some low numbers.

Thomas couldn't things started on Thursday and is way back with a 72.

McIlroy, meanwhile, got off to a quick start. I was just in a weird mood today.

"I've had a little bit of time to practice the last few days, working on some stuff that stood out over the first two days at Shinnecock, especially with the wind", McIlroy said.

"I'm here because I feel like I have a chance to win this golf tournament, and I feel like it's a place that fits my eye well, and I do feel like I'll win at some point in my career here", Thomas said. "Some sloppy, sloppy bogeys and some swings and mistakes there early in the round. I felt great support here all the time".

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press.

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