Quotable: Spieth, Thomas, McIlroy, Koepka After Day 1 at Travelers

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Highlighting four questions and answers from some of the marquee players at the Travelers Championship after round one, where Jordan Spieth is tied for the lead with Zach Johnson at 7-under par.

Players included are Spieth, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Rory McIlroy.


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What a day, 12 of 14 fairways. Missed only three greens, 26 putts. That had to be one of your better rounds of the year.

SPIETH: Yeah, definitely. It was probably — I would probably call it third best of the year, behind the first and last round at Augusta. I had a good one at Houston I remember.

But, yeah, this golf course I played it really smart today. It was probably the smartest round I’ve played this year, really the last couple years.

I just didn’t feel great coming off the range. I’ve been working on some things on the swing, just decided to play toward the center of the greens and let the putter do the work because it’s starting to come around.

(-7, T1)


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I saw you talking with your caddie a few times. Are you enjoying the team work with him?

McILROY: Yeah, Harry’s my best friend, really. He was the best man at my wedding, and I’m going to be the best man at his. So we’ve known each other for such a long time.

It’s nice that it feels like real team work. I’m not going to get mad at him. We do all the numbers together, and every decision we make is really a sort of team effort.

(-6, T3)


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Justin, a little slow coming out of the blocks, but you really rebounded well especially in the middle of the first round here at the Travelers Championship?

THOMAS: Yeah, that’s the thing about this course, you can get pretty hot on it pretty quickly. I was just in a weird mood today. I couldn’t really get into it.

I slept for a while last night, and I kind of had a hard time getting out of that grogginess. I told Jimmy to start, I’m like, yeah, I need something to happen today to get this round going because I’m having a hard time getting into it. So I’m very, very pleased to get a 4-under out of a round today.

(-4, T9)


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Where’s the (U.S. Open) trophy?

KOEPKA: It’s at my house. It’s Just chillin’. I wasn’t going to bring it this week. We’ve got enough. I’ve got to go to Boston next week to hang out with my buddies. We’ve got a bachelor party, so been planning that one for a while.

Is it in the wine room?

KOEPKA: No, I don’t even know where we left it, to be honest with you. I was trying to sleep so much, I left it, I think, on the kitchen counter. I don’t even know.

(-2, T37)


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