McIlroy puts US Open in the rearview mirror with 62

Rory McIlroy echoed the sentiments of many of those players backing up from last week’s US Open after walking off with a tournament-leading bogey-free 62 in this morning’s Travelers Championship.

Following the gruelling rough of the Brookline-based major layout last week, the World No.2 was thankful to be able to let loose on a more accommodating course.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: PGA Tour)

“It’s like US Open rehab coming here,” said McIlroy. “You’re like, oh, I can actually make some birdies. I like coming here the week after the US Open. It sort of gives you an opportunity to shoot low scores and get after it, and that’s nice.”

Nursing a cold that he thinks may have been picked up from his daughter Poppy’s daycare, McIlroy says he feels in great shape in his fourth, and last, consecutive tournament before taking a break ahead of the Open Championship in mid-July.

“Energy levels are OK,” said McIlroy. “I’m feeling a little under the weather, but it’s just concentration at this point.”

“I’ve got three more rounds left until I have a couple of weeks off and prepare for the Open Championship. I’m going to put everything into those three rounds.”

McIlroy shares the lead alongside J.T. Poston with the duo of Xander Schauffele and Martin Laird sitting another stroke back in a share of third place.

The last time McIlroy (2022 RBC Canadian Open) and Poston (2019 Wyndham Championship) shot rounds of 62, both players went on to win the tournament. McIlroy’s 62 is his third (or better round) of the season.

Cam Davis leads the way for the Australians in a share of 8th place with the rest of the small Aussie field with some work to do to make the cut.