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Mackenzie Hughes shoots up leaderboard in first round of Travelers Championship

We have an unexpected early leader at the Travelers Championship. Mackenzie Hughes was on fire the first day.

Mackenzie Hughes of Canada plays his shot from the 18th tee during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 25, 2020 in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Travelers Championship is underway at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut, and we’ve got an early surprise midway through the first round. Mackenzie Hughes wrapped up his Thursday after an 8:25 a.m. tee time, and he put together a blistering 60 to open at -10.

DraftKings Sportsbook opened Hughes at +40000 to win the tournament, +7000 to finish in the top five, and +3300 to finish in the top ten. With his first round complete, Hughes is now +1800 to win the tournament. He opened the day +15000 to finish with the lead after round 1, and now sits at -10000.

Hughes currently holds a three-shot lead over second place Rory McIlroy, and a four-shot lead over Michael Thompson, Phil Mickelson, Tyler Duncan, Sergio Garcia, and Seung-Yul Noh. A sizable chunk of the field remains on the course, and the lowest score for anybody still on the front nine is -3 for Danny Lee, Louis Oosthuizen, and Roger Sloan, who have all completed five holes.

Hughes tees off at 1:40 p.m. on Friday.