Scores dive at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. – There are smiles at every turn of the head here at TPC River Highlands. That’s because we’re not at Bethpage Black, slipping in mud, hitting in rain. No, sir. We’re back at a good, old-fashioned birdie festival.

How optimum are the scoring conditions? Consider Boo Weekley. In just five holes he has made three more birdies than he made in 36 holes at last week’s U.S. Open. Given that he made two birdies at the U.S. Open before missing the cut, it means he had made five already here at the Travelers Championship.

That’s right, five consecutive birdies out of the gates for Weekley, but he better not stay content. After all, in the morning wave alone, Paul Goydos and Charles Warren fired 63s, three others shot 64, and 20 players went for 66 or better.

So conducive to scoring was it that Kevin Stadler brushed off his morning round as if he had shot himself out of the tournament. “I shot 3-under. Not very good.”

The field average thus far is 68.395, but wait a minute, it’s going to go down, most likely. Weekley has just knocked in an 18-foot putt at the sixth to go to 6-under.

Forget 59, he’s on pace to shoot 52.

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