Doc Redman made a fine start to the Rocket Mortgage Classic, carding a seven-under 65 to be in a three-way tie for the lead on Thursday.

Redman, runner-up at the PGA Tour event last year, holed eight birdies and a bogey during a strong opening round at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan.

The American, 22, shares the lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner, the latter having produced a bogey-free first round.

Bryson DeChambeau is among a group of seven players a shot back of the leading trio.

DeChambeau has finished in the top 10 in his past six starts and opened with a 66 that included an eagle at the par-five 14th.

Peter Malnati, Emiliano Grillo, Chase Seiffert, J.J. Spaun, Matt Wallace and Chris Stroud are alongside DeChambeau at six under.

Coming off two missed cuts since the PGA Tour season resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Rickie Fowler made a solid start.

Fowler fired a five-under 67, mixing seven birdies with a double bogey, to be part of a 14-way tie for 11th.

Defending champion Nate Lashley, who won by six strokes last year, opened with a one-under 71.

Dustin Johnson was proud to continue his winning record on the PGA Tour with his Travelers Championship victory.

Johnson secured his 21st PGA Tour win with a one-stroke victory on Sunday, the former world number one extending his streak to 13 consecutive seasons with at least one title.

Only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (17), Billy Casper (16) and Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods (14) have had longer streaks.

Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, said he was happy to be alongside the all-time greats.

"Any time you're mentioned with those guys, with Tiger, Jack, I think Arnie, you've got to feel good about that because they're the best that's ever played this game," the American told a news conference.

"Any time your name is mentioned in the same sentence with them, I'm very happy."

Johnson said he was proud of his consistency on the PGA Tour, although his U.S. Open success remains a highlight.

"I'm proud of all of them, obviously. But I mean, winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont is my biggest win for sure," he said.

"But winning 13 years straight on the Tour is a pretty big accomplishment. You know, they're pretty close with what I'm most proud of."

Dylan Frittelli has been withdrawn from the upcoming Rocket Mortgage Classic after contracting coronavirus, the PGA Tour announced.

Frittelli, who missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, tested positive for COVID-19 in Cromwell, Connecticut on Sunday.

The 30-year-old South African golfer will now miss the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which gets underway in Detroit on Thursday.

"I am experiencing no issues and feel great physically and was surprised and disappointed to learn of the positive test today," said Frittelli.

"I'm thankful for the WHOOP strap notification of a minor increase [0.3] in my respiratory rate overnight. However, I'm most thankful for the Tour's assistance, procedures and protocols, which I will continue to follow during my self-isolation, so as to keep everyone safe.

"I look forward to getting back on Tour once it's safe to do so."

Frittelli's case comes after Denny McCarthy, fellow player Cameron Champ and caddies Ken Comboy and Ricky Elliott tested positive during the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

Dustin Johnson claimed his 21st PGA Tour victory with a one-stroke win at the Travelers Championship on Sunday.

The 2016 U.S. Open champion carded a three-under 67 in the final round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Johnson finished at 19 under, a shot clear of Kevin Streelman (67) and two ahead of Will Gordon (64) and Mackenzie Hughes (67).

The American has at least one win in 13 consecutive seasons, with his 21st PGA Tour victory also his first since February last year.

Johnson had to endure an hour-long delay late in the final round due to inclement weather, but he was still able to close out his victory.

"I putted it very nicely this week. Yesterday I did everything really well, today I still felt like I was hitting the ball really well, I just wasn't driving it on the fairway," he told CBS after a final round that featured six birdies and three bogeys.

"Around here the only way to be aggressive and attack these flags is be in the fairway and I didn't hit it on the fairway enough but I figured out a way to get it done."

Streelman, the 2014 champion, produced a bogey-free final round that featured three birdies.

Kevin Na (67) finished outright fifth at 16 under, a shot ahead of Ryan Armour (64), Brendan Steele (66), Patton Kizzire (67), Scott Stallings (67) and Bryson DeChambeau (68).

World number one Rory McIlroy climbed into a tie for 11th thanks to a three-under 67.

Rory McIlroy believes his form has been "a little erratic" after shooting a one-under 69 at the Travelers Championship on Saturday.

The world number one has endured some mixed form since the PGA Tour resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier this month.

McIlroy is back in a tie for 18th in Connecticut, and on track to fire four rounds in the 60s at the same tournament for the first time since returning from the coronavirus-enforced break.

But after mixing five birdies with four bogeys in the third round, McIlroy accepted his form was inconsistent.

"It's a little erratic. The good stuff is in there, but obviously there's a bit of bad, too," the Northern Irishman told a news conference.

"I'm sort of just putting it down to having those few months off and not really sort of finding my rhythm yet.

"Hopefully post a low one tomorrow and have a week off before going up to Columbus for a couple weeks."

Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson carded nine-under 61s on Saturday, with the former holding a two-stroke lead atop the leaderboard.

McIlroy said that gave him hope he could produce a strong finish to the PGA Tour event.

"If you go out there and play well, you can shoot something like Brendon or DJ shot today," he said.

"It would be a nice way to finish the week, shoot a low one and have a week off to maybe work on a couple things and get back at it."

Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson carded career-low PGA Tour scores as the former moved into a two-shot lead from the latter on a moving day that lived up to its billing at the Travelers Championship.

Tee times were brought forward for round three due to the threat of inclement weather in Cromwell, Connecticut, and Todd – chasing a third PGA Tour victory of the season – signed for a stunning nine-under-par 61.

Todd, who now leads at 18 under par, drained a tough 13-footer at the first and recorded four more birdies prior to the turn on Saturday.

A further four gains followed on the back nine and Todd rolled a birdie putt just past the cup on the 18th that would have seen him start the final round three clear.

"Whenever I get a two or three-week stretch in a row, I tend to be playing better by the end of it," Todd said in quotes reported by the Tour's official website. 

"That's just something I'm using to my advantage now after missing two cuts. I'm peaking in the third week and hopefully I can get it done tomorrow."

Johnson, whose last win on the PGA Tour came in February 2019, was playing a couple of holes in front of Todd and also went bogey free.

After going out in 31 strokes, former world number one Johnson made five birdies on the way home.

The American felt he left plenty more opportunities out on the course, though, with just two of his birdies made with putts of nine feet or more.

"I really felt like I controlled the distance with my irons really well and hit tons of good shots," he said. "I had a lot of really good looks at birdie."

The 2014 champion Kevin Streelman (-15) shot a seven-under 63 to sit in outright third, with Mackenzie Hughes (-14), Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na (-13) all in the hunt.

There was disappointment for veteran Phil Mickelson who had led overnight, though. The American great carded a one-over 71 and is now six shots back.

Rory McIlroy also struggled to get firing and the world number one is eight shots adrift after a one-under 69. 

Phil Mickelson said that realising he cannot out-hit Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau has improved his game after taking the lead at the Travelers Championship.

Mickelson carded a seven-under-par 63 to surge a stroke clear at the halfway stage of the PGA Tour tournament on Friday.

The five-time major champion holed eight birdies and a bogey to be 13 under through 36 holes at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.

Eyeing his 45th PGA title, Mickelson – a two-time winner of the event – said: "I made some strides in the sense that I didn't try to go toe-to-toe with two of the longest guys in the game, Bryson [DeChambeau] and Rory [McIlroy].

"I ended up hitting some three-woods on some of those holes because it fit my game better, and fortunately, I made a couple of birdies. I'm thinking about number seven as an example, where they hit driver and I hit three-wood and was still able to make birdie.

"Playing my game and the way the course set up for me was a challenge when you're playing with guys that hit it like that, but it allowed me to play some good golf."

World number one McIlroy dropped down two spots to be four shots off the pace following his second-round 68, which included four birdies and two bogeys.

Xander Schauffele (68), Brendan Steele (62), Brendon Todd (65) and Marc Leishman (65) are also nine under heading into the weekend.

"I know what it feels like to go low out here, so I'll need a couple of good ones over the weekend," McIlroy said. "But the game feels in decent shape, and obviously get out early tomorrow [Saturday] and try to get back in the mix."

Phil Mickelson is on course for his 45th PGA Tour title after surging into the lead following the second round of the Travelers Championship.

Mickelson – who celebrated his 50th birthday earlier this month – carded a seven-under-par 63 to top the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the tournament on Friday.

The five-time major champion was almost flawless at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut, where he holed eight birdies and just one bogey for the outright lead at 13 under.

After dropping his second hole of the day, Mickelson was blemish-free with birdies at the fifth, seventh and ninth before a bogey-free back nine yielded another five gains.

Mickelson – who won the tournament in 2001 and 2002 when the event was known as the Hartford Open – sits ahead of fellow American Will Gordon and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.

Gordon dazzled with a second-round 62, while overnight leader Hughes saw his three-stroke advantage evaporate following a two-under-par 68.

On a day which saw Denny McCarthy test positive for coronavirus and playing partner Bud Cauley also withdraw as a precaution, world number one Rory McIlroy dropped down two spots.

McIlroy started the day three shots off the pace but heads into round three four strokes back following his two-under-par 68, which included four birdies and two bogeys.

Xander Schauffele (68), Brendan Steele (62), Brendon Todd (65) and Marc Leishman (65) are also nine under through 36 holes.

Former world number one Dustin Johnson posted a 64 to be six shots behind Mickelson, while Jordan Spieth (69) plummeted into a tie for 53rd.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas (71), Justin Rose (73) and Bubba Watson (68) all missed the cut.

The Travelers Championship has been hit by another coronavirus case after Denny McCarthy tested positive.

McCarthy, who shot an opening 67, is the fourth person to test positive at the event, following fellow player Cameron Champ and caddies Ken Comboy and Ricky Elliott.

The American revealed he had felt symptoms after Thursday's round and one of his playing partners, Bud Cauley, has also withdrawn as a precaution despite testing negative.

Matt Wallace, who also played alongside McCarthy, and all three players' caddies returned negative tests.

"I was feeling pretty tired and sore after the round yesterday but didn't think much of it because I had practiced a lot Monday to Wednesday," said McCarthy on Friday.

"Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night with additional aches and soreness and sensed something was off.

"I felt like the only thing to do was get tested at that point before I went to the course."

Cauley explained his decision to pull out was down to "an abundance of caution". He had carded a 69 on Thursday.

"I'm very thankful I have tested negative but have decided to withdraw out of an abundance of caution for my peers and everyone involved with the tournament," said Cauley. 

Nick Watney was the first PGA Tour member found to have coronavirus since action resumed, the American testing positive at last week's RBC Heritage.

Rory McIlroy labelled suggestions the Travelers Championship be called off amid positive coronavirus tests as "silly".

Brooks Koepka withdrew from the PGA Tour event after his caddie, Ricky Elliott, was one of three people to test positive for COVID-19 ahead of the tournament.

But four-time major champion McIlroy dismissed the calls for the event to be called off, backing PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

"I thought Jay did a wonderful job yesterday, just relaying the information and where the PGA Tour stands and where we're going going forward," the world number one told a news conference after shooting a first-round 63.

"You hear one or two positive tests and people are panicking, and I saw a couple of calls to shut the tournament down, which is silly from my point of view.

"You know, I thought he did a really good job explaining. There's been almost 3,000 tests administered. The percentage of positive tests ... it's a quarter of a per cent.

"I think as a whole, it's been going really well. There's a couple of loose ends that we needed to tidy up, and I think we've done that. I feel like the mood and the tone of the event was probably lifted by Jay yesterday."

McIlroy's seven-under 63 saw him sit in a tie for second, three shots adrift of leader Mackenzie Hughes.

The Northern Irishman was satisfied with his round, saying: "I played well from the start. I hit two shots into our first hole, the 10th, didn't capitalise on that.

"I had a chance on 12, didn't capitalise on that. But sort of the round got going with the eagle on 13, birdie on 14, and then the tee shot into 15.

"That was a new three wood I put into play last night. I hadn't even hit it on the course. So my first shot with it was off 10, and then second shot was the one on 15. It's worked out pretty well. Nice little change."

Mackenzie Hughes carded a brilliant 10-under 60 to lead the Travelers Championship as Rory McIlroy made a strong start.

Hughes holed 10 birdies in the first round at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut to open up a three-stroke lead on Thursday.

The Canadian, who has struggled since returning from the coronavirus-enforced break, made six birdies on his first nine holes before picking up shots at the second, sixth, seventh and eighth holes.

Hughes is three shots clear of world number one McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland.

McIlroy mixed an eagle and six birdies with just a single bogey to start with a seven-under 63.

While Hughes is well clear, the rest of the leaderboard is congested, with another six players a shot further back in a tie for fifth.

Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Michael Thompson, Tyler Duncan, Noh Seung-yul and Louis Oosthuizen opened with 64s.

Jordan Spieth made a solid start with a three-under 67, to be alongside Jason Day and Justin Rose among others.

Spieth, winless since 2017, was four under through nine holes before a mixed back nine, which included bogeys at 10 and 18.

Also in a tie for 33rd is Abraham Ancer, who produced the shot of the day with a hole-in-one at the 16th.

Meanwhile, former world number one Dustin Johnson opened with a first-round 69, two shots better off than countryman Justin Thomas.

Brooks Koepka is one of five players to withdraw from the Travelers Championship, although the tournament will continue despite three positive coronavirus tests. 

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan updated the media on Wednesday after Cameron Champ, Graeme McDowell's caddie Ken Comboy and Koepka's caddie Ricky Elliott returned positive tests for COVID-19. 

The Tour returned at the Charles Schwab Challenge earlier in June, but Nick Watney became the first confirmed case since the restart at the RBC Heritage last week. 

Monahan confirmed the news of the latest positive tests and a series of withdrawals, yet the Travelers will go ahead as planned. 

Champ, McDowell and Koepka were joined by Webb Simpson and Chase Koepka - Brooks' brother - in withdrawing. 

"We have been working since March to develop a comprehensive health and safety plan that would be considered a best practice among professional sports leagues," Monahan said. 

"While we've been thorough in building an implementing a programme that mitigates as much risk as possible, we knew it would be impossible to eliminate all risk, as evidenced by the three positive tests this week. 

"We need to use these developments as a stark reminder for everyone involved as we continue to learn from an operational standpoint." 

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka said: "I haven't tested positive for COVID-19 but, as I've said all along, I'm taking this very seriously. 

"I don't want to do anything that might jeopardise the health of any player in the field or his ability to compete. 

"I was planning to take the next two weeks off anyway, so the right thing to do right now is get home, support Ricky and feel confident that I'm doing what I can do protecting my fellow Tour members, my PGA Tour friends and everyone associated with the Travelers Championship this week." 

Commissioner Monahan added: "Rest assured that the PGA Tour will always do the right thing as it relates to our players, our fans, our constituents and make sure that we create the safest environment possible. 

"We are looking forward to reintroducing fans the week of Memorial Tournament, but rest assured we're only going to do it if we think it's a health and safe environment for our players, caddies, our staff and also the fans that would be attending." 

The 2020 US PGA Championship will take place on its rescheduled date in August without spectators present.

TPC Harding Park in San Francisco will host the first major of the year, which was initially postponed from its May 14 start, between August 6 and 9.

The City of San Francisco and the PGA of America made a joint announcement on Monday.

It was confirmed fans would not be able to attend to ensure "the health and well-being of all involved".

That came after the PGA closely consulted with the state of California and city and county of San Francisco, having initially hoped to allow patrons in.

Brooks Koepka is the defending US PGA champion. He won the tournament for a second consecutive year when he triumphed at Bethpage Black in May 2019.

The rescheduled event will come before the U.S. Open, which was moved to September, while the Masters was switched to November and the Open Championship was cancelled.

"We are both inspired and honoured to play on," said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. 

"In doing so, we will spotlight not only the beauty of TPC Harding Park, but the fortitude of San Francisco and its remarkable people.

"We'd like to thank the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco for being terrific partners in helping us get to this place.

"While the local community cannot be with us physically on-site, we will certainly carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us as we stage our major championship, on their behalf, for all the world to see and enjoy."

The PGA Tour has held two events behind closed doors since restarting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson triumphed at the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage respectively.

Nick Watney withdrew from the RBC Heritage after only one round when he became the first PGA Tour player to receive a positive test result for COVID-19.

The Tour confirmed on Saturday they had tested 11 people who had been in close contact with him, with all results coming back negative.

This week's Travelers Championship will be the first of a further three events taking place behind closed doors.

There are then plans for a limited number of fans to attend for the first time since lockdown when the Memorial Tournament is held in Ohio from July 16.

Brooks Koepka was excited to be in contention for PGA Tour glory again and feels at his fittest level in years after he was part of a dramatic finale at the RBC Heritage.

The four-time major champion shot a six-under 65 in round four on Sunday, his best effort of the week seeing him end on 18 under par for the tournament.

Koepka ultimately had to settle for seventh place as missed chances on the back nine proved costly as he finished four shots adrift of eventual champion Webb Simpson.

The American struggled with knee issues throughout 2019 and feels the break due to the coronavirus pandemic has helped his recovery.

"This is the best my body's felt in years," he told reporters. "A lot of work I've done with [trainer] Derek [Stone], just manipulating the knee, the kneecap.

"It's been a long road. It just feels like I haven't been healthy for a very long time. My body feels great. I feel like I can really move through the golf ball.

"The knee feels great. [I am] Finally able to do things I wasn't able to do for a very, very long time.

"So, I'm excited, playing good, and I just need to keep it up."

His putting down the stretch aside, Koepka was happy with his play and glad to be fighting for victory once more, having gone almost a year since last going close due to injury and the lockdown.

"It just felt nice to feel something again," he said. "August was the last time I probably ever felt anything.

"So [it] just feels good to be back somewhat. I mean, I'm not going to win it, but somewhat of a chase, I guess.

"[After going 17 under at the 11th] I thought if I birdied out the whole back nine, yeah [it is on].

"This golf course, everybody is tearing it up. It's kind of frustrating because you feel like you make a couple birdies in a row and don't feel like you go anywhere.

"I hit shots exactly kind of how I wanted to coming down the stretch, which was nice.

"I was trying to get to 21 [under]. That was the goal, but I putted terrible [in round four]. I just thought with a little bit of the rain, the greens were a little bit slower.

"Obviously, it's been an incredibly long time for me to be in contention, August or whenever the FedExCup playoffs were was the last time, so coming up on a year here.

"Six months off, three with the lockdown and then three on my knee, so it feels like it's been a really long time since I've even felt some juices flowing.

"It just felt nice to be in contention again."

Rory McIlroy admits a swift return to the RBC Heritage is unlikely after another disappointing day saw him finish joint-41st at Hilton Head.

The world number one had not featured at Harbour Town Golf Links since finishing tied for 58th back in 2009, and he endured another difficult week in South Carolina.

McIlroy posted a one-under 70 on Sunday to finish 11 shots adrift of winner Webb Simpson, who added to his Phoenix Open success in February to claim multiple titles in the same year for the first time since 2011.

"Once I got here and I played the golf course, I sort of remembered why I haven't been here for a while. It's tough," McIlroy said. 

"Like, it's a lovely place. There's other courses on Tour that probably fit my game a little bit better and obviously the week after the Masters [when the tournament is traditionally held in mid-April] is always a tough one.

"Guys like to come here and decompress, but my idea of decompression is not seeing golf clubs for a week.

"I got off to a decent start and then the ball in the water on four just sort of stopped any momentum. I played okay after that, I guess. I birdied nine and then birdied a couple coming in on the home stretch.

"It's fine. It's one of those weeks where, obviously, low scores, very bunched. You had to hole a lot of putts and I didn't over the week. But I'm still pretty happy with how I played going into the next weekend in Hartford."

McIlroy is due to play at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, which begins on Thursday.

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