Kelly shares one-shot lead in Travelers

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Local favorite Jerry Kelly birdied his final hole on Thursday for a 6-under 64 and a share of the lead in the first round of the Travelers Championship. Here's how things stand going into the second round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Leaderboard: Vaughn Taylor (-6), Andrew Loupe (-6), Kelly (-6), Ben Martin (-5), Marc Leishman (-5), Jon Rahm (-5)

What it means: Tournament officials hoped that the featured "Olympic" group - Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar - would make a splash, but Watson's 3-under 67 was the best effort of the trio. Instead the star of the day was Kelly, the 49-year-old journeyman from Wisconsin who graduated from the University of Hartford.

Round(s) of the day: Taylor was basically treading water through 11 holes, with 10 pars and one birdie. But then he caught fire, making five birdies in a row before a finishing par. Loupe made three birdies on the front, four birdies and a bogey on the back, including a birdie at the last. Kelly's round included an eagle on the drivable par-4 15th hole.

Best of the rest: After making seven pars, a birdie and a bogey on the front, Martin made only two pars on a back nine that included one bogey and six birdies.

Biggest disappointment: Camilo Villegas of Colombia pulled out of the Olympics last month because he said he wanted to concentrate on keeping his PGA Tour card. But Villegas, who hasn't had a top-20 finish since the Honda Classic, continues to struggle. On Thursday he shot a 77 that included two double bogeys and a triple bogey and left him in next-to-last place.

Shot of the day: Kelly drove the 15th green with a 282-yard drive, then sank a 45-foot putt for eagle.

Quote of the day: "It's just great to see a lot of people come out here and support me." - Kelly

Main storylines heading into Friday: A week before the men's Olympic golf competition, will the U.S. team members in the field be able to score a win before they head for Rio de Janeiro? Or can local favorite Kelly come through with his first win since 2009?