The PGA Tour heads across the country, from San Diego to New England, for the 70th edition of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Contested at TPC River Highlands, the Travelers has been a favorite PGA Tour stop since 1952.
Scores are generally not insanely low in this tournament – despite Jim Furyk’s otherworldly 58 in 2017, but with a stacked field, players know that a sub-60 round is possible, so expect to see nothing resembling conservative play in this edition.
The PGA Tour’s field this week in the Nutmeg state will be absolutely loaded, featuring a bevy of top-ranked players, headlined by the defending champion Dustin Johnson, along with superstars Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed.
Here are more details to help you enjoy the 2021 edition of the Travelers Championship.
2021 Travelers Championship
Tournament: Travelers Championship
Tour Debut: 1952
Dates: June 24-27, 2021
Where: Cromwell, Conn.
Course: TPC River Highlands
Distance: Par 70, 6841 yards
Architect: Pete Dye
Format: Stroke, 72-holes/36-hole cut
Winning Share: $1,332,000
Winner’s FEC/OWGR Pts: 500/58
Defending: Dustin Johnson
How to Follow the Travelers Championship
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Running continuously since 1952, The Travelers Championship was originally called the Insurance City Open, a reference to nearby Hartford, Conn., which is colloquially known as the Insurance Capital of the World.
While that tournament name was dropped in 1967, its current name is something of a throwback to those days, as Travelers Property Casual Group is the third-largest insurance company in Connecticut.
From 1967-2003, the tournament was known as The Greater Hartford Open, with Sammy Davis Jr.’s name (he played in the event’s pro-am for a long time), even in the title for 16 years, along with corporate sponsor Canon.
While Travelers now owns the naming rights, locals still refer to it as the Greater Hartford Open. TPC River Highlands has been the tournament host since 1991.
The inaugural 1952 tournament was a four-stroke victory for Ted Kroll, a relative historical unknown who had eight career PGA Tour victories.
Notable winners of the Travelers include Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, Nick Price, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and Jordan Spieth.
Casper holds the tournament record with four victories, one ahead of Watson, who owns three – most recently in 2018.
The Greater Hartford Open might be most well-known for when current PGA of America President Suzy Whaley qualified for the tournament (via local qualifying) in 2003, making her the first woman to make a PGA tournament field in nearly 60 years.
Whaley missed the cut by 12 strokes, but it was still an historically notable event.
History: Tournament Names
- Travelers Championship (07-Pres)
- Buick Championship (04-06)
- Greater Hartford Open (2003)
- Canon Greater Hartford Open (89-02)
- Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open (85-88)
Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open (73-84)
- Greater Hartford Open Invitational (67-72)
- Insurance City Open Invitational (57-66)
- Insurance City Open (52-56)
History: Recent Winners
2020: Dustin Johnson (-19)
2019: Chez Reavie (-17)
2018: Bubba Watson (-17)
2017: Jordan Spieth (-12)
2016: Russell Knox (-14)
2015: Bubba Watson (-16)
2014: Kevin Streelman (-15)
258 – Kenny Perry (2009)
-25 – Tim Norris (1982)
4 – Billy Casper (1963, 1965, 1968, 1973)
3 – Bubba Watson (2010, 2015, 2018)
Lookback: DJ Wins 2020 Travelers
One day after shooting a career-low 61 at the Travelers Championship to get within two strokes of the Sunday lead, Dustin Johnson shot a 3-under 67 to reach 19-under par for the week at TPC River Highlands – winning the tournament by one stroke over 2014 champion Kevin Streelman.
With his 21st career PGA Tour victory, Johnson reached 13 straight seasons with at least one victory. That statistic is even more impressive when considering that he has been on the PGA Tour for 13 seasons.
Only five players in Tour history have a longer streak, with legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer topping the list at 17 consecutive seasons with a win.
Leaderboard: Final Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Dustin Johnson -19 (-3)
2. Kevin Streelman -18 (-3)
3. Will Gordon -17 (-6)
3. Mackenzie Hughes -17 (-3)
5. Kevin Na -16 (-3)
Full Field and Odds
Headlining the event at TPC River Highlands will be five of the top-10 ranked players in the world, including 2020 champion Dustin Johnson, who could take back the No. 1 position with a successful defense this week.
DJ will be joined by a plethora of superstars, including top-10 stars such as Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, and Patrick Reed, respectively.
Top-20 ranked names include Tony Finau (15), Scottie Scheffler (18), Harris English (19), and Paul Casey (20).
In addition to Johnson, other former Travelers winners teeing it up this week in Connecticut include Chez Reavie (2019), Bubba Watson (2018, 2015, 2010), Russell Knox (2016), Kevin Streelman (2014), Marc Leishman (2012), Stewart Cink (2008, 1997), Hunter Mahan (2007), JJ Henry (2006), and Phil Mickelson (2001, 2000).
Other marquee names include Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Brandt Snedeker, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Wolff, Joaquin Niemann, Abraham Ancer, and Cameron Smith, among others.
Top-5 Betting Favorites
1. Bryson DeChambeau (10-1)
2. Dustin Johnson (11-1)
3. Brooks Koepka (14-1)
4. Patrick Cantlay (16-1)
4. Paul Casey (16-1)
TPC River Highlands . Cromwell, CT . June 24-27, 2021
The Field: How They Qualified
How the field qualified for the 2021 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.
Winner: PGA/U.S. Open Championship
Winner: The Players Championship
Si Woo Kim
Winner: The Masters
Winner: British Open
Winner: WGC Event
Arnold Palmer, Memorial, Genesis (Last 3 Years)
PGA Tour Winner
Ted Potter, Jr.
Past two seasons.
Career Money Exemption
Bo Van Pelt
Sponsors Exemptions: Members not otherwise exempt
Sponsors Exemptions: Unrestricted
PGA Club Professional Champion
PGA Section Champion\Player of the Year
Top 125 FedExCup Points (2020)
Byeong Hun An
Harold Varner III
Top 125 (2020 Nonmember)
Erik van Rooyen
Major Medical Extension
Top 10 and Ties: Palmetto
Top 125 FEC/Top KFT (2019)
Carey Hoffman contributed to this preview.
Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images