2021 Travelers Championship leaderboard: Who’s contending after Round 1

Kramer Hickok is a co-leader at the Travelers Championship after firing an opening-round 63.

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The PGA Tour is in Connecticut this week, at TPC River Highlands. There are plenty of big names in the field, including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and reigning PGA champion, Phil Mickelson. Here are four things you need to know after Thursday’s first round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Kramer Hickok and Satoshi Kodaira lead

After firing opening rounds of seven-under 63, Kramer Hickok and Satoshi Kodaira lead the field by one shot. Talor Gooch, at six under, is in solo third. Hickok is still seeking his maiden PGA Tour victory, while Kodaira has one win on his resume: the 2018 RBC Heritage.

How did the favorites play?

Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau came into the week as co-favorites, with 12/1 odds to win. As defending champion, expectations were high for DJ, but he had a somewhat lackluster opening round, posting a score of even-par 70. He did get some momentum going late, with back-to-back birdies on his final two holes. He’s currently T76 heading into the second round.

DeChambeau has a good track record at TPC River Highlands, with three top nine finishes in his last three appearances, but he too has a bit of work to do on Friday to get in the mix after a first-round 69 (1-under).

Phil Mickelson drained a 63-foot putt

Phil Mickelson also fired a round of one under par on Thursday, but his day included some significant fireworks with the flatstick. Phil drained over 100 feet of putts over the course of two holes, including this 63-foot bomb for birdie:

What about the other big names?

Three-time Travelers champion Bubba Watson is currently T9 after an opening round of 66 (-4); Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott and Jason Day, Rickie Fowler are all one-under, and Justin Rose is even par.

Jessica Marksbury

As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on GOLF.com.