First Round of the Travelers Tournament

Ideal golf weather was on hand for the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Tournament at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

Charlie Hoffman sits atop the Travelers Championship leader board with a 9 under 61 during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell Thursday. Hoffman looks out over the 17th green waiting for his turn to putt.

Charlie Hoffman sits atop the Travelers Championship leader board with a 9 under 61 during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell Thursday. Hoffman looks out over the 17th green and may have been reflecting on last years finish when he held a 2 stroke lead on the same hole but wound up with a double bogie and then a bogie on 18 to give the championship to Marc Leishman.

 

  • US Open winner Justin Rose receives a warm welcome on the 1st tee, as he is introduced during the opening round of the Travelers Championship. JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
  • Chris Stroud found the fairway bunker on the 18th hole during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Photo by JOHN WOIKE|jwoike@courant.com
  • Rod Pampling grimaces as he watches his tee shot on the 9th hole during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship. Pampling shot a 65, 5 under par. Photo by JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
  • Hunter Mahan stood out in the morning groupings, shooting an 8 under par 62 to grab the early lead during the opening round of the Travelers Championship. Photo by JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
  • A view of the 17th fairway from the MetLife blimp captures first-round action at the Travelers Championship. The blimp provides video for the PGA tour and marketing for the nation's largest life insurer.  PATRICK RAYCRAFT|praycraft@courant.com
  • Pro Patrick Reed has his wife Justine on the bag for him during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship. The couple married in December and she has been caddying for him for 145 months. Photo by JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
  • The parking lot at TPC River Highlands as seen from the MetLife blimp in Cromwell. PATRICK RAYCRAFT|praycraft@courant.com
  • US Open champion, Justin Rose, in first round action on the 6th fairway at the Travelers Championship. BRAD HORRIGAN|bhorrigan@courant.com
  • Ben Curtis hits out of the greenside bunker on the 18th hole during the opening round of the Travelers Championship. Photo by JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
  • J.J. Henry hits his approach shot on the 2nd hole during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Henry finished at -2. JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
  • Webb Simpson looks over his birdie putt on the 9th green during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands. Photo by JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
  • Charley Hoffman in first-round action on the 9th tee, at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Hoffman shot 61, 9 under, and is the current leader. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com
  • Bubba Watson walks off the 18th green during the opening round of the 2013 Travelers Championship. Watson finished with a 63, good for sole possesion of third place. Photo by JOHN WOIKE|woike@courant.com
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