Rory McIlroy makes very strong start to the Travelers Championship following US Open disappointment
Rory McIlroy hit back following his US Open disappointment with a solid first round at the Travelers Championship.
The 29-year-old missed the halfway cut at the US Open last week but moved a shot off the clubhouse leaders in Cromwell.
Jordan Spieth, who was also cut at halfway in New York, and Zach Johnson are out in front on seven under.
McIlroy began with four birdies in his first six holes and was four under par at the turn.
Three consecutive birdies from the 13th allowed him to move to the top of the leaderboard but he dropped a shot on the 18th.
The Northern Irishman was joined on six under by Americans Peter Malnati and Brian Harman.
England's Paul Casey remained in the hunt on five under with Padraig Harrington among several players a shot further back.
US Open champion Brooks Koepka, who defended his title last weekend, was two under.