Travelers Championship: Scottie Scheffler credits a change in his swing mechanics for helping him get back on the court | golf news

Scottie Scheffler shot a five-under 65 in the first round of the Travelers Championship and wasn’t far off the lead at TPC River Highlands.

Scheffler, seeking his sixth win this season, credited minor swing maintenance for getting back on track after crashing out of contention at the US Open last week.

“I feel like I did well,” Scheffler said after four birdies, an eagle and a bogey in the first 18 holes Thursday.

“I found some things in my swing at the beginning of the week and I definitely feel like I’m swinging a lot better than last week.”

For his 28th birthday on Friday, Scheffler hopes to build on his best first-round score this season by celebrating the 36-hole lead.

But he’ll be chasing another birthday boy: 21-year-old Tom Kim, who shot a first-round 62 to take over the top spot in the standings.

Kim, who has already won three times on tour, is looking for her first victory in a flagship event.

But no one is doing better than Scheffler on the PGA Tour in 2024.

The 11-time Tour winner said he found a grip adjustment this week that helped him get back into rhythm and record his first round in the 60s since the Memorial Tournament.

His 65 ends a streak of six consecutive rounds in the 70s.

“To be honest, it’s a little hard to explain,” Scheffler said. “But I really feel better getting to the top of my swing, making sure my grip is in the right position.”

Defending champion Keegan Bradley opened with a 1-under 69.

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