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Hoffman shoots 61 for early lead at Travelers

Updated: June 20, 2013, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Charley Hoffman missed the course record by a stroke, but shot a 61 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Travelers Championship.

The round comes a year after the 36-year-old Californian blew a two-stroke advantage on the tournament's final two holes.

In his latest round, Hoffman hit a 126-yard approach shot within 3 feet of the pin to help him birdie 18 and separate himself by a stroke from Hunter Mahan, who also flirted with 59 earlier in the day.

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