Tide Too High At The Travelers Championship

Mark Twain described golf as "a good walk spoiled". The stroll is magnificent if your drives are true down the fairway, chip shots are close to the pin and putts navigate the sophisticated greens to fall in the cup. Three ex-Tide golfers have recorded a PGA Tour top ten finish this season but today at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT, the game humbled the trio.

Michael Thompson's two birdies were not enough to counter seven bogeys and one triple bogey. A first round eight-over-par 78 was one shot above his highest 2012 PGA Tour round of 77 recorded in January at the Farmers Insurance Open. Any hopes of salvaging the round vanished with an eight on a par five thirteenth hole followed by two additional bogeys on fifteen and eighteen. Thompson scored a personal PGA Tour best of 62 at the 2011 Travelers Championship. Duplicating the effort tomorrow might prevent an early exit.

Jason Bohn is in a slightly better position but barely. A first round of eight bogeys with only two birdies for a six-over-par 76 may be an insurmountable score to survive Friday's cut list. Three years ago at the 2009 Travelers Championship, Bohn used a nine-iron to record an eagle on the ninth hole from 130 yards to qualify for the final two rounds. His lowest round at the Cromwell course was a 65 – 2004 and 2006.

Bud Cauley shot a 2-over-par 72 with three birdies and five bogeys. The youngest of the three Tide golfers parred the front nine with a 35. His low score at the Travelers Championship was a 65 in 2011. The highest level for the cut line since 2000 was a plus one in 2004, 2007 and 2009. Cauley is noted for being a shot-maker. Tomorrow would be a good day to live up to the reputation.

Michael Thompson

Jason Bohn

Bud Cauley

First Round Travelers Championship Notes by Doug Milne, PGA Tour Communications Manager:

The top two players, not previously eligible, from a cumulative money list taken from THE PLAYERS and five TOUR events (THE PLAYERS, FedEx St. Jude Classic, U.S. Open, Travelers Championship, AT&T National and The Greenbrier (Classic), will gain entry into the 2012 British Open.

Below are the current standings through the U.S. Open

1. Michael Thompson $718,412

2. John Merrick $604,800

3. Jhonattan Vegas $296,083

4. Blake Adams $285,848

T5. Nick O'Hern $268,800

T5. Ryan Palmer $268,800

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