Scottie Scheffler bounces back from US Open frustration with opening 65 at Travelers Championship

Scottie Scheffler bounced back from his US Open disappointment with a superb start to the designated Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour.

Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler

World number one Scottie Scheffler bounced back from his US Open disappointment by making a superb start to the Travelers Championship. 

Scheffler finished in a tie for 41st last week and revealed before this week's PGA Tour event he wasn't too thrilled with the set-up at Pinehurst No.2. 

However, Scheffler put that frustrating major performance behind him to card an opening five-under 65 at TPC River Highlands. 

Scheffler raced out of the blocks with three birdies on the bounce from the second hole. 

The American made bogey at the sixth, rattled off six consecutive pars before setting up an eagle at the 13th with an otherworldly approach. 

Scheffler set up a seven-foot eagle putt with a towering fairway wood approach from 256 yards. 

He followed that eagle with a birdie and ultimately made pars on his closing holes. 

It left him one behind a cluster of players on six-under. "I feel like I hit it nice," Scheffler said.  

"Found some swings, or found some stuff in my swing at the beginning of the week, and definitely feel like I'm swinging a lot better than I did last week."

Press for comment on what he has changed with his swing, Scheffler said: "It's kind of hard to explain, to be honest with you. 

"But [I am] just really getting better feel coming at the top of my swing, making sure my grip's kind of in the right position."

Akshay Bhatia, Rickie Fowler, Kurt Kitayama and Will Zalatoris all returned scorecards for 64 in the morning wave. 

Seeing Fowler at the top may surprise some golf fans, given he has struggled for form in 2024. 

Fowler went five years without winning on the PGA Tour and returned to Butch Harmon out of desperation. 

He told reporters after his opening 18 holes: "Having been through that and dealt with that and ultimately coming back to playing well, I can deal with just about anything. 

"So, yeah, it's not how we wanted to play this year or start out and continue to play poorly throughout the year, but I mean, it is what it is, we'll continue to grind, and I think a big thing is always kind of trying to put things into perspective, family stuff, you know, with some of the guys we've lost part of the family out here on the Tour, yeah, it's not that big of a deal, but we all kind of just continue to grind."

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