To say that players are happy to be at the Travelers Championship and on greens that roll smooth is an understatement.
“The greens were great,” said defending champion Kenny Perry. “It was nice to know from 3 feet you know if you hit a good putt, it was going in, it wasn't going to bounce off line.”
Perry was talking about Pebble Beach and last week’s U.S. Open, where the normally bumpy poa annua greens were pushed to the edge, as some players put it.
“I don't know about poa annua when it's stressed out like it was there,” Perry added. “That was some tough putting last week, but it's always great to be back to a place you've won.”
Perry hasn’t been able to take advantage of good scoring conditions so far, though. He’s even par through 13 holes with two birdies, two bogeys and already has 23 putts.
Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin? He has 23 putts, too, only he’s through 15 holes and has six birdies and just one bogey for an early share of the lead. -- Brian Wacker