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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.

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

History[]

The tournament was founded Template:Years or months 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.

For the 2020 season, it is part of the Open Qualifying Series providing up to two spots in the Open Championship for the top two non-exempt finishers in the top 8.

Attendance[]

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]

Course[]

Template:Main article

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]

Winners[]

Year Player Country Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Travelers Championship
2020 Dustin Johnson Template:Country data United States 261 −19 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Kevin Streelman 1,332,000 7,400,000
2019 Chez Reavie Template:Country data United States 263 −17 4 strokes Template:Flagicon Keegan Bradley
Template:Flagicon Zack Sucher
1,296,000 7,200,000
2018 Bubba Watson (3) Template:Country data United States 263 −17 3 strokes Template:Flagicon Paul Casey
Template:Flagicon Stewart Cink
Template:Flagicon J. B. Holmes
Template:Flagicon Beau Hossler
1,260,000 7,000,000
2017 Jordan Spieth Template:Country data United States 268 −12 Playoff Template:Flagicon Daniel Berger 1,224,000 6,800,000
2016 Russell Knox Template:SCO 266 −14 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Jerry Kelly 1,188,000 6,600,000
2015 Bubba Watson (2) Template:Country data United States 264 −16 Playoff Template:Flagicon Paul Casey 1,152,000 6,400,000
2014 Kevin Streelman Template:Country data United States 265 −15 1 stroke Template:Flagicon K. J. Choi
Template:Flagicon Sergio García
1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Ken Duke Template:Country data United States 268 −12 Playoff Template:Flagicon Chris Stroud 1,098,000 6,100,000
2012 Marc Leishman Template:AUS 266 −14 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Charley Hoffman
Template:Flagicon Bubba Watson
1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Fredrik Jacobson Template:SWE 260 −20 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Ryan Moore
Template:Flagicon John Rollins
1,080,000 6,000,000
2010 Bubba Watson Template:Country data United States 266 −14 Playoff Template:Flagicon Corey Pavin
Template:Flagicon Scott Verplank
1,080,000 6,000,000
2009 Kenny Perry Template:Country data United States 258 −22 3 strokes Template:Flagicon Paul Goydos
Template:Flagicon David Toms
1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 Stewart Cink (2) Template:Country data United States 262 −18 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Tommy Armour III
Template:Flagicon Hunter Mahan
1,080,000 6,000,000
2007 Hunter Mahan Template:Country data United States 265 −15 Playoff Template:Flagicon Jay Williamson 1,080,000 6,000,000
Buick Championship
2006 J. J. Henry Template:Country data United States 266 −14 3 strokes Template:Flagicon Hunter Mahan
Template:Flagicon Ryan Moore
792,000 4,400,000
2005 Brad Faxon Template:Country data United States 266 −14 Playoff Template:Flagicon Tjaart van der Walt 774,000 4,300,000
2004 Woody Austin Template:Country data United States 270 −10 Playoff Template:Flagicon Tim Herron 756,000 4,200,000
Greater Hartford Open
2003 Peter Jacobsen (2) Template:Country data United States 266 −14 2 strokes Template:Flagicon Chris Riley 720,000 4,000,000
Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002 Phil Mickelson (2) Template:Country data United States 266 −14 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Jonathan Kaye
Template:Flagicon Davis Love III
720,000 4,000,000
2001 Phil Mickelson Template:Country data United States 264 −16 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Billy Andrade 558,000 3,100,000
2000 Notah Begay III Template:Country data United States 260 −20 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Mark Calcavecchia 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Brent Geiberger Template:Country data United States 262 −18 3 strokes Template:Flagicon Skip Kendall 450,000 2,500,000
1998 Olin Browne Template:Country data United States 266 −14 Playoff Template:Flagicon Stewart Cink
Template:Flagicon Larry Mize
360,000 2,000,000
1997 Stewart Cink Template:Country data United States 267 −13 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Tom Byrum
Template:Flagicon Brandel Chamblee
Template:Flagicon Jeff Maggert
270,000 1,500,000
1996 D. A. Weibring Template:Country data United States 270 −10 4 strokes Template:Flagicon Tom Kite 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Greg Norman Template:AUS 267 −13 2 strokes Template:Flagicon Dave Stockton Jr.
Template:Flagicon Kirk Triplett
Template:Flagicon Grant Waite
216,000 1,200,000
1994 David Frost Template:ZAF 268 −12 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Greg Norman 216,000 1,200,000
1993 Nick Price Template:ZWE 271 −9 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Dan Forsman
Template:Flagicon Roger Maltbie
180,000 1,000,000
1992 Lanny Wadkins Template:Country data United States 274 −6 2 strokes Template:Flagicon Dan Forsman
Template:Flagicon Donnie Hammond
Template:Flagicon Nick Price
180,000 1,000,000
1991 Billy Ray Brown Template:Country data United States 271 −9 Playoff Template:Flagicon Rick Fehr
Template:Flagicon Corey Pavin
180,000 1,000,000
1990 Wayne Levi Template:Country data United States 267 −13 2 strokes Template:Flagicon Mark Calcavecchia
Template:Flagicon Brad Fabel
Template:Flagicon Rocco Mediate
Template:Flagicon Chris Perry
180,000 1,000,000
1989 Paul Azinger (2) Template:Country data United States 267 −17 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Wayne Levi 180,000 1,000,000
Canon Sammy Davis Jr.–Greater Hartford Open
1988 Mark Brooks Template:Country data United States 269 −15 Playoff Template:Flagicon Dave Barr
Template:Flagicon Joey Sindelar
126,000 700,000
1987 Paul Azinger Template:Country data United States 269 −15 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Dan Forsman
Template:Flagicon Wayne Levi
126,000 700,000
1986 Mac O'Grady Template:Country data United States 269 −15 Playoff Template:Flagicon Roger Maltbie 126,000 700,000
1985 Phil Blackmar Template:Country data United States 271 −13 Playoff Template:Flagicon Jodie Mudd
Template:Flagicon Dan Pohl
108,000 600,000
Sammy Davis Jr.–Greater Hartford Open
1984 Peter Jacobsen Template:Country data United States 269 −15 2 strokes Template:Flagicon Mark O'Meara 72,000 400,000
1983 Curtis Strange Template:Country data United States 268 −16 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Jay Haas
Template:Flagicon Jack Renner
54,000 300,000
1982 Tim Norris Template:Country data United States 259 −25 6 strokes Template:Flagicon Raymond Floyd
Template:Flagicon Hubert Green
54,000 300,000
1981 Hubert Green Template:Country data United States 264 −20 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Bobby Clampett
Template:Flagicon Fred Couples
Template:Flagicon Roger Maltbie
54,000 300,000
1980 Howard Twitty Template:Country data United States 266 −18 Playoff Template:Flagicon Jim Simons 54,000 300,000
1979 Jerry McGee Template:Country data United States 267 −17 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Jack Renner 54,000 300,000
1978 Rod Funseth Template:Country data United States 264 −20 4 strokes Template:Flagicon Dale Douglass
Template:Flagicon Lee Elder
Template:Flagicon Billy Kratzert
42,000 210,000
1977 Billy Kratzert Template:Country data United States 265 −19 3 strokes Template:Flagicon Grier Jones
Template:Flagicon Larry Nelson
42,000 210,000
1976 Rik Massengale Template:Country data United States 266 −18 2 strokes Template:Flagicon Al Geiberger
Template:Flagicon J. C. Snead
42,000 210,000
1975 Don Bies Template:Country data United States 267 −17 Playoff Template:Flagicon Hubert Green 40,000 200,000
1974 Dave Stockton Template:Country data United States 268 −16 4 strokes Template:Flagicon Raymond Floyd 40,000 200,000
1973 Billy Casper (4) Template:Country data United States 264 −20 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Bruce Devlin 40,000 200,000
Greater Hartford Open Invitational
1972 Lee Trevino Template:Country data United States 269 −15 Playoff Template:Flagicon Lee Elder 25,000 125,000
1971 George Archer Template:Country data United States 268 −16 Playoff Template:Flagicon Lou Graham
Template:Flagicon J. C. Snead
22,000 110,000
1970 Bob Murphy Template:Country data United States 267 −17 4 strokes Template:Flagicon Paul Harney 20,000 100,000
1969 Bob Lunn Template:Country data United States 268 −16 Playoff Template:Flagicon Dave Hill 20,000 100,000
1968 Billy Casper (3) Template:Country data United States 266 −18 3 strokes Template:Flagicon Bruce Crampton 20,000 100,000
1967 Charlie Sifford Template:Country data United States 272 −12 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Steve Oppermann 20,000 100,000
Insurance City Open Invitational
1966 Art Wall Jr. Template:Country data United States 266 −18 2 strokes Template:Flagicon Wes Ellis 20,000 100,000
1965 Billy Casper (2) Template:Country data United States 274 −10 Playoff Template:Flagicon Johnny Pott 11,000 70,000
1964 Ken Venturi Template:Country data United States 273 −11 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Al Besselink
Template:Flagicon Paul Bondeson
Template:Flagicon Sam Carmichael
Template:Flagicon Jim Grant
7,500 50,000
1963 Billy Casper Template:Country data United States 271 −13 1 stroke Template:Flagicon George Bayer 6,400 40,000
1962 Bob Goalby Template:Country data United States 271 −13 Playoff Template:Flagicon Art Wall Jr. 5,300 35,000
1961 Billy Maxwell Template:Country data United States 271 −13 Playoff Template:Flagicon Ted Kroll 4,300 30,000
1960 Arnold Palmer (2) Template:Flagcountry 270 −14 Playoff Template:Flagicon Bill Collins
Template:Flagicon Jack Fleck
3,500 30,000
1959 Gene Littler Template:Flagcountry 272 −12 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Tom Nieporte 3,500 25,000
1958 Jack Burke Jr. Template:Flagcountry 268 −16 3 strokes Template:Flagicon Dow Finsterwald
Template:Flagicon Art Wall Jr.
3,500 25,000
1957 Gardner Dickinson Template:Flagcountry 272 −12 2 strokes Template:Flagicon George Bayer 2,800 22,000 [7]
Insurance City Open
1956 Arnold Palmer Template:Flagcountry 274 −10 Playoff Template:Flagicon Ted Kroll 4,000 20,000 [8][9][10]
1955 Sam Snead Template:Flagcountry 269 −15 7 strokes Template:Flagicon Fred Hawkins
Template:Flagicon Mike Souchak
4,000 20,000 [11]
1954 Tommy Bolt Template:Flagcountry 271 −13 Playoff Template:Flagicon Earl Stewart 2,500 15,000 [12]
1953 Bob Toski Template:Flagcountry 269 −15 1 stroke Template:Flagicon Jim Ferrier 2,400 15,000 [13]
1952 Ted Kroll Template:Flagcountry 273 −11 4 strokes Template:Flagicon Lawson Little
Template:Flagicon Skee Riegel
Template:Flagicon Earl Stewart
2,400 15,000 [2]

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

Multiple winners[]

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

  • 4 wins
  • 3 wins
    • Bubba Watson: 2010, 2015, 2018
  • 2 wins
    • Arnold Palmer: 1956, 1960
    • Paul Azinger: 1987, 1989
    • Phil Mickelson: 2001, 2002
    • Peter Jacobsen: 1984, 2003
    • Stewart Cink: 1997, 2008

Highlights[]

  • 1952: Ted Kroll wins the inaugural tournament. He beats Lawson Little, Skee Riegel, and Earl Stewart by four shots.[2][16]
  • 1955: Amateur Bill Whedon becomes the first player in PGA Tour history to record two holes-in-one in the same round.[17]
  • 1956: Arnold Palmer makes the Insurance City Open his first United States based PGA Tour victory by beating Ted Kroll in a playoff.[10] Afterwards Palmer said "Ted is a great guy—he even gave me the putter that beat him."[18]
  • 1962: Bob Goalby defeats Art Wall Jr. on the seventh hole of a sudden death playoff after Wall misses an 18-inch putt for par on the 72nd hole.[19]
  • 1967: African American golfer Charlie Sifford wins his first PGA Tour event. He beats Steve Oppermann by one shot.[20]
  • 1968: Billy Casper becomes the tournament's first and so far only three-time winner. He beats Bruce Crampton by three shots.[21]
  • 1972: Lee Trevino defeats Lee Elder in a sudden death playoff. If Elder had won, he would have become qualified for The Masters.[22]
  • 1973: Billy Casper shoots a final round 64 to win for the fourth time at Hartford. He beats Bruce Devlin by one shot.[23]
  • 1974: Dave Stockton wins by four shots over Raymond Floyd. After the tournament, Stockton gets a congratulatory call from then President Gerald Ford. Stockton also arranges to donate his entire $40,000 winnings check to charity.[24]
  • 1977: Billy Kratzert beats Grier Jones and Larry Nelson by three shots. Two years earlier, Kratzert had quit golf and gone to work as a forklift operator.[25]
  • 1981: Ninety-one players made the 36-hole cut, a PGA Tour record.
  • 1982: Tim Norris sets tournament records for aggregate (259) scoring and under par (−25) as he wins by six shots over Hubert Green and Raymond Floyd.[26]
  • 1986: Mac O'Grady shoots a final round 62 to catch Roger Maltbie, then defeats him on the first hole of sudden death.[27]
  • 1989: Paul Azinger chips it in on the 72nd hole to beat Wayne Levi by one shot.[28]
  • 1992: Lanny Wadkins, who had last played in Hartford in 1978, shoots a final round 65 to win by two shots over Dan Forsman, Nick Price, and Donnie Hammond.[29]
  • 2000: Notah Begay III wins for the second week in succession after he makes birdie on the 72nd hole to edge Mark Calcavecchia by one shot.[30]
  • 2002: Phil Mickelson becomes the first winner to successfully defend his title. He beats Jonathan Kaye and Davis Love III by one shot.[31]
  • 2003: Nineteen years after his first triumph in Hartford, Peter Jacobsen wins again, beating Chris Riley.[32] Jacobsen's $720,000 winner's check was ten times what he earned in 1984.[33] The tournament was also notable when Suzy Whaley became the first woman in 58 years to play in a PGA Tour event, though her appearance was controversial after playing from shorter tees during her qualifying tournament, the Connecticut PGA Championship.
  • 2011: Patrick Cantlay, an amateur golfer from UCLA, set a course-record of 10-under 60, the lowest round ever shot on the PGA Tour by an amateur.[34]
  • 2014: Kevin Streelman birdies the last seven holes in the final round, a PGA Tour record for an event winner.[35]
  • 2016: Jim Furyk shot a 12-under-par 58 in the final round, becoming the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event.[36]
  • 2017: Jordan Spieth wins in a playoff against Daniel Berger by holing his bunker shot for birdie on the first playoff hole. Berger had a chance to advance the playoff, but missed his long birdie putt.

References[]

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  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
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  35. "Streelman sets birdie record in win", ESPN, June 22, 2014. 
  36. Sobel, Jason. "Jim Furyk notches record for best PGA Tour round", ESPN, August 7, 2016. 

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