Garrick Higgo had a quiet start to the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship on Thursday, carding a one-under-par 69 in the first round at TPC River Highlands in Hartford, Connecticut.
That gave him a share of 45th. He made four birdies and three bogeys in his round, and he found himself six shots off the pace set by American Kramer Hickok and Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira. Their seven-under 63s gave them a one-shot lead over Talor Gooch of the United States, with five players on five-under in a share of fourth.
Higgo started his round on the 10th, and made birdies on 12 and 13, before dropping a shot on the short par-four 15th when his drive ended up just short of the green in the right rough. He hacked out towards the green, but didn’t reach it, chipped to inside 16 feet, and two-putted. He bogeyed the second to go back to level-par, and then made successive birdies on five and six. A bogey on the par-three eighth came with another wayward tee-shot which ended up nearly 20 metres to the left of the hole, and he was unable to get up and down.
Dylan Frittelli had a shaky start with his four-over 74 with two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Former South African Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia had a three-over 73 to start.