Hughes enjoys explosive Travelers start

26 June 2020 20:02:40 GMTPlus10

Canadian Mackenzie Hughes will start Friday's second round at the Travelers Championship with a three-shot lead but was left wondering what might have been after missing out on a sub-60 score.

The 29-year-old has struggled with consistency so far in 2020, with six missed cuts from his first eight tournaments.

Hughes did show potential at the Honda Classic where he finished runner-up and he was back to his best on Thursday in Connecticut.

He didn't drop a shot as he carded a 10-under round of 60 and narrowly missed a putt for birdie which would have secured a round of 59.

His putt on 18 fell short, but he will start Friday's round well clear of the chasing pack.

Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland are all waiting in the wings on seven-under-par.

Michael Thompson, Tyler Duncan, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Seung-Yul Noh and Louis Oosthuizen all share fifth on six-under.

The Travelers Championship is Mickelson's first event on the PGA Tour since turning 50 and he showed he can still compete with the world's best.

The 44-time Tour winner played alongside McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau, and he says he still has the desire to win at the highest level.

He told the PGA Tour official website: "I love what I do. I love my job. I love trying to play and compete, and I really enjoy playing with guys like Rory and Bryson who are just tremendous talents and trying to compete with those guys.

"I played really some good golf and smart golf, and I played really well today."

Mickelson would be just the eighth player to win on the PGA Tour after turning 50, and he is 4001.00 to lift the trophy, with Hughes priced at 1001.00.

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