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The Travelers Championship is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in Cromwell, Connecticut, a suburb south of Hartford. Since 1984 the tournament has been held at TPC River Highlands. It is managed by The Greater Hartford Community Foundation. In 2018 the Travelers Championship earned the Players Choice Award for the second consecutive year, which is voted on by PGA Tour members for its services, hospitality, attendance and quality of the course.

Travelers Championship
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LocationCromwell, Connecticut, U.S.
Established1952, 67 years ago
Course(s)TPC at River Highlands
Par70
Length6,844 yards (6,258 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.2 million
Month playedJune
Aggregate258 Kenny Perry (2009)
To par−25 Tim Norris (1982)
United States Chez Reavie
TPC at   River Highlands is located in the United States
TPC at   River Highlands
TPC at  
River Highlands
Location in the United States
TPC at River Highlands is located in Connecticut
TPC at River Highlands
TPC at River Highlands
Location in Connecticut

The 2016 tournament was played in August due to the Summer Olympics,[1] but in 2017 the tournament returned to June.

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HistoryEdit

The tournament was founded 67 years ago in 1952 as the Insurance City Open;[2] It was renamed the Greater Hartford Open in 1967, a title that was retained through 2003. From 1973 through 1988, the GHO also bore the name of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., who would often play in the pro-ams. Canon was a title sponsor from 1985 to 2002, and their employees would often take vacation time during tournament week to volunteer at the event. Buick was title sponsor from 2004 to 2006 and The Travelers Companies took over sponsorship in 2007.

For the tournament's first three decades, it was played at Wethersfield Country Club, about five miles (8 km) north. In 1984, after the PGA Tour bought and redesigned Edgewood Country Club, the event moved to the new TPC of Connecticut in Cromwell. In 1991, the course was substantially redesigned with a completely new front nine holes and renamed the TPC at River Highlands. This TPC property was the third PGA Tour owned/managed championship golf course in what would grow to a network of over 30 TPC Clubs (2010).

The purse for the 2006 tournament, under Buick's sponsorship, was $4.4 million, with $792,000 going to the winner. From 2007 to 2010, the purse under Travelers' sponsorship was $6 million, with $1,080,000 going to the champion.

Over the last decade, longer hitters have done well at the tournament, with Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan, J. J. Henry, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson combining for six victories over a ten-year span. Mahan also finished tied for second in 2006 and 2008.[3]

Its position on the calendar has varied; in 2005 it was played in late August but in 2006 it was played in late June. Part of the FedEx Cup, the Travelers Championship has been played in late June, the week after the U.S. Open, since 2007.

AttendanceEdit

It is the second-most-attended PGA Tour event annually, behind only the Waste Management Phoenix Open.[4] 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.[5]

CourseEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 434 341 431 481 223 574 443 202 406 3,535 462 158 411 523 421 296 171 420 444 3,306 6,841
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 35 70

Source:[6]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Travelers Championship
2019 Chez Reavie   United States 263 −17 4 strokes   Keegan Bradley
  Zack Sucher
1,296,000 7,200,000
2018 Bubba Watson (3)   United States 263 −17 3 strokes   Paul Casey
  Stewart Cink
  J. B. Holmes
  Beau Hossler
1,260,000 7,000,000
2017 Jordan Spieth   United States 268 −12 Playoff   Daniel Berger 1,224,000 6,800,000
2016 Russell Knox   Scotland 266 −14 1 stroke   Jerry Kelly 1,188,000 6,600,000
2015 Bubba Watson (2)   United States 264 −16 Playoff   Paul Casey 1,152,000 6,400,000
2014 Kevin Streelman   United States 265 −15 1 stroke   K. J. Choi
  Sergio García
1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Ken Duke   United States 268 −12 Playoff   Chris Stroud 1,098,000 6,100,000
2012 Marc Leishman   Australia 266 −14 1 stroke   Charley Hoffman
  Bubba Watson
1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Fredrik Jacobson   Sweden 260 −20 1 stroke   Ryan Moore
  John Rollins
1,080,000 6,000,000
2010 Bubba Watson   United States 266 −14 Playoff   Corey Pavin
  Scott Verplank
1,080,000 6,000,000
2009 Kenny Perry   United States 258 −22 3 strokes   Paul Goydos
  David Toms
1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 Stewart Cink (2)   United States 262 −18 1 stroke   Tommy Armour III
  Hunter Mahan
1,080,000 6,000,000
2007 Hunter Mahan   United States 265 −15 Playoff   Jay Williamson 1,080,000 6,000,000
Buick Championship
2006 J. J. Henry   United States 266 −14 3 strokes   Hunter Mahan
  Ryan Moore
792,000 4,400,000
2005 Brad Faxon   United States 266 −14 Playoff   Tjaart van der Walt 774,000 4,300,000
2004 Woody Austin   United States 270 −10 Playoff   Tim Herron 756,000 4,200,000
Greater Hartford Open
2003 Peter Jacobsen (2)   United States 266 −14 2 strokes   Chris Riley 720,000 4,000,000
Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002 Phil Mickelson (2)   United States 266 −14 1 stroke   Jonathan Kaye
  Davis Love III
720,000 4,000,000
2001 Phil Mickelson   United States 264 −16 1 stroke   Billy Andrade 558,000 3,100,000
2000 Notah Begay III   United States 260 −20 1 stroke   Mark Calcavecchia 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Brent Geiberger   United States 262 −18 3 strokes   Skip Kendall 450,000 2,500,000
1998 Olin Browne   United States 266 −14 Playoff   Stewart Cink
  Larry Mize
360,000 2,000,000
1997 Stewart Cink   United States 267 −13 1 stroke   Tom Byrum
  Brandel Chamblee
  Jeff Maggert
270,000 1,500,000
1996 D. A. Weibring   United States 270 −10 4 strokes   Tom Kite 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Greg Norman   Australia 267 −13 2 strokes   Dave Stockton Jr.
  Kirk Triplett
  Grant Waite
216,000 1,200,000
1994 David Frost   South Africa 268 −12 1 stroke   Greg Norman 216,000 1,200,000
1993 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 271 −9 1 stroke   Dan Forsman
  Roger Maltbie
180,000 1,000,000
1992 Lanny Wadkins   United States 274 −6 2 strokes   Dan Forsman
  Donnie Hammond
  Nick Price
180,000 1,000,000
1991 Billy Ray Brown   United States 271 −9 Playoff   Rick Fehr
  Corey Pavin
180,000 1,000,000
1990 Wayne Levi   United States 267 −13 2 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia
  Brad Fabel
  Rocco Mediate
  Chris Perry
180,000 1,000,000
1989 Paul Azinger (2)   United States 267 −17 1 stroke   Wayne Levi 180,000 1,000,000
Canon Sammy Davis Jr.–Greater Hartford Open
1988 Mark Brooks   United States 269 −15 Playoff   Dave Barr
  Joey Sindelar
126,000 700,000
1987 Paul Azinger   United States 269 −15 1 stroke   Dan Forsman
  Wayne Levi
126,000 700,000
1986 Mac O'Grady   United States 269 −15 Playoff   Roger Maltbie 126,000 700,000
1985 Phil Blackmar   United States 271 −13 Playoff   Jodie Mudd
  Dan Pohl
108,000 600,000
Sammy Davis Jr.–Greater Hartford Open
1984 Peter Jacobsen   United States 269 −15 2 strokes   Mark O'Meara 72,000 400,000
1983 Curtis Strange   United States 268 −16 1 stroke   Jay Haas
  Jack Renner
54,000 300,000
1982 Tim Norris   United States 259 −25 6 strokes   Raymond Floyd
  Hubert Green
54,000 300,000
1981 Hubert Green   United States 264 −20 1 stroke   Bobby Clampett
  Fred Couples
  Roger Maltbie
54,000 300,000
1980 Howard Twitty   United States 266 −18 Playoff   Jim Simons 54,000 300,000
1979 Jerry McGee   United States 267 −17 1 stroke   Jack Renner 54,000 300,000
1978 Rod Funseth   United States 264 −20 4 strokes   Dale Douglass
  Lee Elder
  Billy Kratzert
42,000 210,000
1977 Billy Kratzert   United States 265 −19 3 strokes   Grier Jones
  Larry Nelson
42,000 210,000
1976 Rik Massengale   United States 266 −18 2 strokes   Al Geiberger
  J. C. Snead
42,000 210,000
1975 Don Bies   United States 267 −17 Playoff   Hubert Green 40,000 200,000
1974 Dave Stockton   United States 268 −16 4 strokes   Raymond Floyd 40,000 200,000
1973 Billy Casper (4)   United States 264 −20 1 stroke   Bruce Devlin 40,000 200,000
Greater Hartford Open Invitational
1972 Lee Trevino   United States 269 −15 Playoff   Lee Elder 25,000 125,000
1971 George Archer   United States 268 −16 Playoff   Lou Graham
  J. C. Snead
22,000 110,000
1970 Bob Murphy   United States 267 −17 4 strokes   Paul Harney 20,000 100,000
1969 Bob Lunn   United States 268 −16 Playoff   Dave Hill 20,000 100,000
1968 Billy Casper (3)   United States 266 −18 3 strokes   Bruce Crampton 20,000 100,000
1967 Charlie Sifford   United States 272 −12 1 stroke   Steve Oppermann 20,000 100,000
Insurance City Open Invitational
1966 Art Wall Jr.   United States 266 −18 2 strokes   Wes Ellis 20,000 100,000
1965 Billy Casper (2)   United States 274 −10 Playoff   Johnny Pott 11,000 70,000
1964 Ken Venturi   United States 273 −11 1 stroke   Al Besselink
  Paul Bondeson
  Sam Carmichael
  Jim Grant
7,500 50,000
1963 Billy Casper   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   George Bayer 6,400 40,000
1962 Bob Goalby   United States 271 −13 Playoff   Art Wall Jr. 5,300 35,000
1961 Billy Maxwell   United States 271 −13 Playoff   Ted Kroll 4,300 30,000
1960 Arnold Palmer (2)   United States 270 −14 Playoff   Bill Collins
  Jack Fleck
3,500 30,000
1959 Gene Littler   United States 272 −12 1 stroke   Tom Nieporte 3,500 25,000
1958 Jack Burke Jr.   United States 268 −16 3 strokes   Dow Finsterwald
  Art Wall Jr.
3,500 25,000
1957 Gardner Dickinson   United States 272 −12 2 strokes   George Bayer 2,800 22,000 [7]
Insurance City Open
1956 Arnold Palmer   United States 274 −10 Playoff   Ted Kroll 4,000 20,000 [8][9][10]
1955 Sam Snead   United States 269 −15 7 strokes   Fred Hawkins
  Mike Souchak
4,000 20,000 [11]
1954 Tommy Bolt   United States 271 −13 Playoff   Earl Stewart 2,500 15,000 [12]
1953 Bob Toski   United States 269 −15 1 stroke   Jim Ferrier 2,400 15,000 [13]
1952 Ted Kroll   United States 273 −11 4 strokes   Lawson Little
  Skee Riegel
  Earl Stewart
2,400 15,000 [2]

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[3][14][15]

Multiple winnersEdit

Seven men have won the Travelers Championship more than once through 2018.

HighlightsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c "Ted Kroll wins first tournament". Ottawa Citizen. Associated Press. September 2, 1952. p. 18.
  3. ^ a b "Travelers Championship – Past Winners". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Inside the course: TPC River Highlands Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Spieth's Playoff Win Caps Record Attendance For PGA Tour Travelers Championship". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
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  7. ^ "Dickinson Takes Insurance Golf". The Modesto Bee. California. United Press. September 3, 1957. p. 17. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
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  18. ^ Palmer Uses Foe's Putter for Playoff Win
  19. ^ 18-inch putt costs Wall $1,900
  20. ^ Charles Sifford Wins Hartford Tourney
  21. ^ Casper Grabs Hartford Win
  22. ^ Trevino Tops Elder To Cop Hartford Open
  23. ^ Billy Casper Leaves Mob to Capture Hartford Crown
  24. ^ Stockton Claims Hartford Win
  25. ^ Kratzert outduels Strange, wins Greater Hartford Open
  26. ^ Norris wins in Hartford by 6 strokes
  27. ^ Controversial Mac 'Grady wins Hartford Open
  28. ^ Azinger of a chip keys Hartford win
  29. ^ Lanny Wadkins wins his 21st title at the Hartford Open
  30. ^ Long Putt Gives Begay Back-to-Back Victories
  31. ^ Golf; Mickelson Earns Repeat Title at Greater Hartford Open
  32. ^ Hartford triumph for Jacobsen
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