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, but in 2017 the tournament returned to June.
The tournament was founded Template:Years or months ago in 1952 as the Insurance City Open; 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.
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.
It is the second-most-attended PGA Tour event annually, behind only the Waste Management 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.
|Year||Player||Country||Score||To par||Margin of
|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
|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
|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
|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
|2011||Fredrik Jacobson||Template:SWE||260||−20||1 stroke||Template:Flagicon Ryan Moore
Template:Flagicon John Rollins
|2010||Bubba Watson||Template:Country data United States||266||−14||Playoff||Template:Flagicon Corey Pavin
Template:Flagicon Scott Verplank
|2009||Kenny Perry||Template:Country data United States||258||−22||3 strokes||Template:Flagicon Paul Goydos
Template:Flagicon David Toms
|2008||Stewart Cink (2)||Template:Country data United States||262||−18||1 stroke||Template:Flagicon Tommy Armour III
Template:Flagicon Hunter Mahan
|2007||Hunter Mahan||Template:Country data United States||265||−15||Playoff||Template:Flagicon Jay Williamson||1,080,000||6,000,000|
|2006||J. J. Henry||Template:Country data United States||266||−14||3 strokes||Template:Flagicon Hunter Mahan
Template:Flagicon Ryan Moore
|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
|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
|1997||Stewart Cink||Template:Country data United States||267||−13||1 stroke||Template:Flagicon Tom Byrum
Template:Flagicon Brandel Chamblee
Template:Flagicon Jeff Maggert
|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
|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
|1992||Lanny Wadkins||Template:Country data United States||274||−6||2 strokes||Template:Flagicon Dan Forsman
Template:Flagicon Donnie Hammond
Template:Flagicon Nick Price
|1991||Billy Ray Brown||Template:Country data United States||271||−9||Playoff||Template:Flagicon Rick Fehr
Template:Flagicon Corey Pavin
|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
|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
|1987||Paul Azinger||Template:Country data United States||269||−15||1 stroke||Template:Flagicon Dan Forsman
Template:Flagicon Wayne Levi
|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
|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
|1982||Tim Norris||Template:Country data United States||259||−25||6 strokes||Template:Flagicon Raymond Floyd
Template:Flagicon Hubert Green
|1981||Hubert Green||Template:Country data United States||264||−20||1 stroke||Template:Flagicon Bobby Clampett
Template:Flagicon Fred Couples
Template:Flagicon Roger Maltbie
|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
|1977||Billy Kratzert||Template:Country data United States||265||−19||3 strokes||Template:Flagicon Grier Jones
Template:Flagicon Larry Nelson
|1976||Rik Massengale||Template:Country data United States||266||−18||2 strokes||Template:Flagicon Al Geiberger
Template:Flagicon J. C. Snead
|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
|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
|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
|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.
|1957||Gardner Dickinson||Template:Flagcountry||272||−12||2 strokes||Template:Flagicon George Bayer||2,800||22,000|||
|Insurance City Open|
|1956||Arnold Palmer||Template:Flagcountry||274||−10||Playoff||Template:Flagicon Ted Kroll||4,000||20,000|||
|1955||Sam Snead||Template:Flagcountry||269||−15||7 strokes||Template:Flagicon Fred Hawkins
Template:Flagicon Mike Souchak
|1954||Tommy Bolt||Template:Flagcountry||271||−13||Playoff||Template:Flagicon Earl Stewart||2,500||15,000|||
|1953||Bob Toski||Template:Flagcountry||269||−15||1 stroke||Template:Flagicon Jim Ferrier||2,400||15,000|||
|1952||Ted Kroll||Template:Flagcountry||273||−11||4 strokes||Template:Flagicon Lawson Little
Template:Flagicon Skee Riegel
Template:Flagicon Earl Stewart
Seven men have won the Travelers Championship more than once through 2018.
- 4 wins
- Billy Casper: 1963, 1965, 1968, 1973
- 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
- 1952: Ted Kroll wins the inaugural tournament. He beats Lawson Little, Skee Riegel, and Earl Stewart by four shots.
- 1955: Amateur Bill Whedon becomes the first player in PGA Tour history to record two holes-in-one in the same round.
- 1956: Arnold Palmer makes the Insurance City Open his first United States based PGA Tour victory by beating Ted Kroll in a playoff. Afterwards Palmer said "Ted is a great guy—he even gave me the putter that beat him."
- 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.
- 1967: African American golfer Charlie Sifford wins his first PGA Tour event. He beats Steve Oppermann by one shot.
- 1968: Billy Casper becomes the tournament's first and so far only three-time winner. He beats Bruce Crampton by three shots.
- 1972: Lee Trevino defeats Lee Elder in a sudden death playoff. If Elder had won, he would have become qualified for The Masters.
- 1973: Billy Casper shoots a final round 64 to win for the fourth time at Hartford. He beats Bruce Devlin by one shot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1986: Mac O'Grady shoots a final round 62 to catch Roger Maltbie, then defeats him on the first hole of sudden death.
- 1989: Paul Azinger chips it in on the 72nd hole to beat Wayne Levi by one shot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2002: Phil Mickelson becomes the first winner to successfully defend his title. He beats Jonathan Kaye and Davis Love III by one shot.
- 2003: Nineteen years after his first triumph in Hartford, Peter Jacobsen wins again, beating Chris Riley. Jacobsen's $720,000 winner's check was ten times what he earned in 1984. 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.
- 2014: Kevin Streelman birdies the last seven holes in the final round, a PGA Tour record for an event winner.
- 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.
- 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.
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