Travelers Championship: Rory McIlroy in position as Mackenzie Hughes hits 59

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Rory McIlroy at the seventh hole in the first round of Thursday

Mackenzie Hughes narrowly missed in a lap of 59 and number one in the world, Rory McIlroy registered an impressive seven-under-63 as the pair set the pace at the Travelers Championship.

Hughes' Canadian putt eventually fell short after a 10-under par round of 60 with 10 birdies.

McIlroy, the four-time winner of Northern Ireland, carded an eagle, six birdies and a bogey for his 63.

American fivefold main winner Phil Mickelson is in contention after a 64.

The event continued despite three individuals who tested positive for coronavirus.

Cameron Champ, Graeme McDowell & # 39; s Caddy Ken Comboy and Brooks Koepka's Caddy Ricky Elliott have the virus and withdrew from the tournament in Cromwell, Connecticut.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said the news acted as a "grim reminder" to comply with security measures.

McIlroy started on the 10th and was three below for his nine-hole opening and one that came in better.

Tyler Duncan and Michael Thompson finished sixth with fellow Americans Bryson DeChambeau, Russell Henley and Tyler McCumber who all placed 65s.

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