Brendan Steele used an eagle at the 1st hole to launch his round of 62 in the first round of the 2014 Travelers Championship in Cromwell on Thursday. His 8-under par opening round was one better than Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore, who both shot 7-under.
Steele started his round in the rain early Thursday, something he said normally doesn't help his game.
"I'm normally not a very good rain player, but I holed my second shot on the first hole, so I guess that gives me a little better feeling in the rain," Steele said after his round.
Bubba Watson, the 2010 Travelers Championship winner, drew huge crowds for his morning round. Watson finished 3-under par after shooting a 67 on Thursday.
The sun finally broke through in the afternoon, making conditions near-ideal for the players with later tee times.
Two 50-year-olds, who now play on the Champions Tour, held their own on Day One. Jeff Maggert and Joe Durant both shot 6-under par rounds of 64 to jump to the first page of the leaderboard.
Chad Campbell also shot a 64, one better than a host of players at 5-under, including 2013 Travelers Championship winner Ken Duke, Sergio Garcia, K.J. Choi and Brandt Snedeker.
The golf wasn't the only focus on Thursday. Arianna Huffington spoke to a group of women gathered for networking breakfast as part of the Travelers Championship Women's Day events. She offered advice from her new book, "Thrive."
Celebrity chef Ming Tsai also spoke to the crowd and offered some tips on cooking and healthy eating.
It is the sixth year Travelers Championship has hosted a Women's Day at the tournament.