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First round scores, Tom Kim leads with 62

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Tom Kim of South Korea plays his shot from the sixth tee during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 20, 2024 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tom Kim shot a bogey-free 62 on Thursday at TPC River Highlands to take the lead at the 2024 Travelers Championship.

“I hit fairways, I hit greens and made some putts,” Kim said. “Scoring-wise, (my game is) getting sharper and sharper, and I feel like I’ve been playing like this kind of the last few months, but to kind of keep it sharp and to keep maintaining, I feel like that’s why I’m on my eighth week, to kind of just keep it going.”

Friday is Kim’s birthday, which he shares with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, and the two decided to celebrate on Wednesday night.

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Scottie Scheffler shared this image of Tom Kim enjoying some New Haven pizza on Wednesday night. (Scottie Scheffler)

“I had a lot of pizza,” Kim said with a smile. “I kind of told myself, no matter what, I wouldn’t do that in a tournament, but it’s my birthday, and it’s kind of a tradition, you know? Me and Scottie, we have the same birthday, so we had an early birthday celebration.”

Joining the pair was Scheffler’s caddie, Ted Scott, who got everyone waiting in line outside New Haven’s Sally’s Apizza to sing “Happy Birthday” to Kim.


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