AUSTRALIAN golfer Nathan Green is just one shot off the lead after the first round of the 2012 Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour.
Green set the early lead with a 5-under 65 before soaring temperatures made it a little more uncomfortable for those following at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The 37 year old has only one victory on the tour, the 2009 Canadian Open, and would dearly love to continue the good form over the weekend.
Leading is American David Mathis who couldn’t have got off to a much better start than birdie, hole-in-one, birdie.
The 38 year old was 6-under after 6 holes and that’s where he finished after 18.
“It was an awesome start,” said Mathis, who has never finished better than eighth in a PGA Tour event. “I was hitting a lot of great shots (later), and I guess it felt like a lull compared to how I started.”
Sharing second with Green was defending champion Fredrik Jacobson and Will Claxton.
The feature grouping of the first two rounds – the winners of the last three majors – fared okay with US Open champion Webb Simpson and Masters champion Bubba Watson finishing in a group of 10 on 66.
The third member of the trio, US PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, shot a 68.
“We were relaxed all day,” said Simpson, still riding high after his weekend win. “Bubba is my Presidents Cup partner. We always laugh together. And I’ve played a lot of golf with Keegan this year. He’s a good friend. We had a lot of fun feeding off each other, and luckily, we all played well.”
Mathis’ ace was the shot of the day. He said he was just trying to cut a nine iron close to the pin and hit it exactly where he aimed.
“It kind of bounced and stumbled right and went right in the hole,” he said.
Greg Chalmers and Aaron Baddeley were the next best placed Aussies on 3-under, while Nick O’Hern, Marc Leishman, Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby all finished on 2-under.2012 Travelers Championship Leaderboard