CROMWELL, Conn. — Zack Sucher made a 9-foot birdie putt in the last group of the day on the par-4 18th for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead on a rainy Thursday at the Travelers Championship.
Former Texas A&M star Bronson Burgoon also is part of the six-way tie for first at the PGA event. Burgoon birdied four of the first six holes and played a bogey-free round, capping it with a birdie on No. 18 to clinch a share of the lead.
In 2009, Burgoon helped the Aggies win the NCAA Championship, hitting a gap wedge 120 yards to within three inches on the clinching hole.
Ryan Armour, Mackenzie Hughes, Abraham Ancer and Kyoung-Hoon Lee matched Sucher and Burgoon at TPC River Highlands. Lee had his lowest round on the PGA Tour.
Paul Casey, who gave up a four-shot lead in the final round a year ago, topped the group at 65.
Defending champion Bubba Watson opened with a 69 in his bid for his fourth Travelers title. Two-time champion Phil Mickelson shot a 67 and Brooks Koepka, coming off his runner-up finish in the U.S. Open, had a 71.