Hunter Mahan early leader in weather-delayed Travelers Championship

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Hunter Mahan sounded anything but surprised about his first-round performance in the
PGA Tour\'s Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Mahan fired a first-round score of 8-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead over
Chris DiMarco as play was halted due to bad weather with 39 golfers still out on the
course Thursday at TPC at River Highlands. Mahan, who is coming off finishing in a
13th-place tie at last weekend\'s U.S. Open, will be looking for just his second
first-round lead on the PGA Tour when play resumes early Friday morning.

\"I like this golf course, I like playing here,\" Mahan told reporters. \"I feel
comfortable on the course. A lot of the holes fit my eye very well, and I feel like
the last couple of weeks I\'ve actually progressed on a lot of my game, so I feel
good about that, too.\"

Mahan set himself up in good position for his first Tour victory and his ninth
career top-10 finish with a round that featured 10 birdies and two bogeys on the
par-70, 6,820-yard layout. The California native, who turned pro in 2003, said his
confidence lately has been sky high.

\"My feelings and my game and my swing and everything feel good,\" said Mahan, whose
first-round 62 was one shot off the course record. \"I\'ve made pretty good strides in
my game the last couple of weeks so it feels good.

\"It\'s all kind of coming together. The swing is really coming together and I\'m
finally getting confidence in my putting, which is huge. If you can make putts
anywhere, you can succeed.\"

Mahan opened his round with four consecutive birdies before making bogey on No. 7
and a birdie on No. 9. He then went on another four-birdie run on holes 11-14, made
bogey at No. 16 and birdie at No. 17, despite having to wait out a weather delay for
more than an hour after hitting his tee shot on 17.

\"The delay wasn\'t too bad,\" Mahan said. \"It was quick actually. It came out of
nowhere, it seemed like. It wasn\'t a big deal.\"

Mahan said his round Thursday was a stark contrast to the 72 holes he played in the
Open at Oakmont Country Club.

\"It\'s a complete grind and your brain takes a beating,\" Mahan said of the U.S. Open.
\"I definitely felt a little more relaxed here.\"

Making his first start in the event since 2002, DiMarco shot a 6-under 64 early in
the day. The 64 marked DiMarco\'s best first-round score in the event - - an effort
made more impressive by the fact that he\'s battling tendonitis in his rotator cuff
as well as arthritis of the AC joint and a bone spur that required him to get a
cortisone shot.

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June 22, 2007
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