When: June 21-24, 2018
Where: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
Format: Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel and CBS
The PGA Tour’s annual stop in Hartford, Connecticut gets underway June 21-24, 2018 at the Travelers Championship. The tournament was founded in 1952 as the Insurance City Open and renamed the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and you may remember called the Sammy Davis Jr Canon Open from 1985-2002. The Travelers Companies took over sponsorship in 2007 and has been there ever since.
The fans really support the event. It is the second most attended event on the PGA Tour, only behind the Phoenix Open. In 2011, the tournament attracted 240,000 fans for the week and 70,000 fans on Sunday. The tournament set a record attendance in 2002 with nearly 400,000 fans for the week. In 2017 about 290,000 fans attended, the most since Travelers started hosting the tournament.
TPC River Highlands measures 6,841 yards and plays to a par 70. The course overlooks the Connecticut River and has gone under several re-designs. The first by Pete Dye in 1982 and Bobby Weed added an upgrade seven years later in consultation with former PGA TOUR pros Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie. Holes 15-17 play around a four-acre lake, helping create a finish considered one of the most exciting on Tour.
Last year Jordan Spieth thrilled the crowds with a walk off holed bunker shot in a sudden death playoff versus Daniel Berger. Spieth went crazy and so did the 40,000 plus fans.
Past champions include Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. Billy Casper won it a record four times.
Preview: The Travelers Championship is one of the few events held the week after a major that attracts a world class betting field. The people in Hartford do a great job of recruiting elite players. In all, 13 of the top 30 in the world golf rankings are entered, including last week’s U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka. Continue...
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The Travelers Championship has been a part of the PGA Tour since 1952, always played in the greater Hartford, Conn.
The Travelers Championship has been played on only two Connecticut courses since its PGA Tour debut in 1952, Wethersfield Country Club from 1952 to 1983 and TPC River Highlands from 1984 to the present.
TPC River Highlands is a par 70, 6,844 yard course located on the banks of the Connecticut River in Cromwell, Connecticut, 10 miles south of Hartford.
TPC River Highlands is the third shortest course on the Tour and with low scoring quite easily achievable, players like it because it does offer a competitive way to unwind a little after the pressure of the preceding Major.
The newest addition to the course is a 23-acre, state-of-the-art practice facility, which opened in June 2008.
The course is a well-balanced golf test with a mixture of long and short holes. The most notable stretch is Nos. 15 - 17 which play around a four-acre lake. When you include the home hole, the four-hole collection is, according to PGA TOUR Professional Stewart Cink, "four of the most exciting finishing holes in a group anywhere in the world."
Jordan Spieth won the Travelers Championship by edging out Daniel Berger in a play-off with a chip shot from the bunker for his 10th PGA title.
The 23-year-old becomes the second youngest player after Tiger Woods to reach the landmark total since 1945.
Berger began three shots behind Spieth but hit birdies in his last six holes for a three-under-par 67.
Spieth, Masters and US Open champion in 2015, saved a par 70 with a superb chip that set up an easy putt on the 18th.
The American then holed from the same bunker in the first round of the play-off to go one shot ahead.
Berger had a chance to level and force another hole with a challenging putt, but the 24-year-old shot wide.
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