Cauley Challenges For Travelers Lead

Round one scores by the four Tide golfers at the Travelers Championship mirror a bell curve. Bud Cauley is challenging for the lead after firing a personal course low score of 63 finishing at -7, tied for second just a stroke from the top. An eagle on the par four 296-yard 15th hole and six birdies (3, 5, 6, 9, 14, 18) along with a single bogey (2) made for a spectacular day.

Cauley completed the round with a birdie on the par four 406-yard ninth hole. An approach shot 101 yards away landed 17 inches from the pin for the easy birdie putt. His previous best single round this season was a 66 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans coincidentally also his top tournament performance for the year – tying for 11th. His lowest round all-time on the PGA TOUR was a 62 in 2012 at the McGladrey Classic. Previous course low for Cauley at TPC River Highlands (Cromwell, Conn.) was the final round of 65 in 2011.

Dicky Pride salvaged a bogey at the ninth, the final hole for the day with a 35-foot chip in from right of the green. Tied for 76th, he had two birdies (13, 15) and two bogeys (9, 16) to finish at an even par 70.

Bobby Wyatt making his professional PGA TOUR debut had a difficult start on the back nine. A bogey on the par five 523-yard 13th hole was followed by a double-bogey on the 421-yard par four 14th. He found success with back-to-back birdies on the par four 444-yard 18th hole and the 434-yard par four first to finish with a +2 (72). The third bogey occurred on the fifth hole. Wyatt is tied for 120th.

Michael Thompson immediately fell behind with a double-bogey to start the round on the 462-yard par four 10th hole followed by a bogey on the par three, 158-yard 11th. He finished with three more bogeys (2, 4, 5) and three birdies (1, 8, 17) to complete the round with a 73 (+3). Thompson is tied for 132nd.

'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com spoke to all four golfers as they completed the first round of the 2014 Travelers Championship.

Bud Cauley:

Dicky Pride:

Bobby Wyatt:

Michael Thompson:

John Garcia Jr. contributed to this feature.


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