CROMWELL, Conn. -- Nate Smith made the second hole-in-one of the week -- and the day -- when he aced the fifth hole with a 3-hybrid.
It was the second ace of the day with D.J. Brigman making one on the 11th earlier in the day.
It was the first hole-in-one for each.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- D.J. Brigman has a long way to go to get in contention here at the Travelers Championship, but may have provided the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on the 150-yard 11th hole with a 9-iron.
Brigman, who started on the back nine, is now 2 under through his first four holes with pars on the other three and 7 under for the week.
Last year, Chad Campbell had an ace on the 16th hole in the opening round and the year before that Tag Ridings aced the 11th, also in the first round.
In all, there have now been 31 hole-in-ones made in tournament history.
Shortly before his 11:50 a.m. ET tee time for the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Kris Blanks was assessing the conditions.
"On Tuesday and Wednesday wind blew 20-30 from the south. Today 10-20 from the north. Totally different golf course," he tweeted.
There are plenty of players who seem to be adapting well to the new “look” of TPC Louisiana, though.
Six are currently tied for the lead at 3 under -- Charlie Wi, D.J. Trahan, David Toms, Joe Durant, Matt Bettencourt and D.J. Brigman. Wi and Trahan have logged the most holes at 14.
Toms, who grew up in Shreveport and played collegiately at LSU, would be an extremely popular champion. He won the Zurich Classic a decade ago when it was played at English Turn Golf Club.
Toms, who is looking for his first win since 2006, has played in 11 Zurich Classics. He's had three top-10s, most recently a tie for fifth in 2009.