2022 Travelers Championship Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

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With the year’s third of four majors in the record books, the PGA Tour gets back in action this week with the 71st edition of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Contested at TPC River Highlands, the Travelers has become one of the most anticipated (regular event) stops on the tour’s schedule.

The field this week in the Nutmeg state features nine of the top-20 ranked players in the Official World Golf Rankings, headlined by No.1 Scottie Scheffler, along with superstars Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay.

Here are more details to help you enjoy the 2022 edition of the tournament once known as the Insurance City Open.

2022 Travelers Championship

Fast Facts

Tournament: Travelers Championship
Tour Debut: 1952
Dates: June 23-26, 2022
Where: Cromwell, Conn.
Course: TPC River Highlands
Distance: Par 70, 6841 yards
Architect: Pete Dye
Format: Stroke, 72-holes/36-hole cut
Purse: $8,300,000
Winning Share: $1,494,000
Winner’s FEC/OWGR Pts: 500/58

How to Follow the Travelers Championship

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Harris English celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th green with his caddie Eric Larson during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 27, 2021 in Cromwell, Conn. (Photo by Michael Reaves via Getty Images)

TELEVISION: Thu-Fri: 3-6 p.m. (GOLF); Sat: 12:30-3 p.m. (GOLF), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sun: 1-3 p.m. (GOLF), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

PGA TOUR LIVE: Thu-Fri: 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. (ESPN+); Sat-Sun: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (ESPN+)

PGA TOUR RADIO: Thu-Fri: 12-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 1-6 p.m.
(PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio)

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Tournament History

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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.

Jordan Spieth celebrates with caddie Michael Greller after holing out for birdie to win the 2017 Travelers Championship in a playoff. Credit: Getty Images/Maddie Meyer

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

2021: Harris English (-13)
2020: Dustin Johnson (-19)
2019: Chez Reavie (-17)
2018: Bubba Watson (-17)
2017: Jordan Spieth (-12)
2016: Russell Knox (-14)
2015: Bubba Watson (-16)

History: Records

258 – Kenny Perry (2009)

-25 – Tim Norris (1982)

4 – Billy Casper (1963, 1965, 1968, 1973)
3 – Bubba Watson (2010, 2015, 2018)

Full Field and Odds

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Headlining the event at TPC River Highlands will be five of the top-10 ranked players in the world, including No.1 Scottie Scheffler, who enters off a runner-up at the U.S. Open.

Scheffler will be joined by a slew of superstars, including top-10 stars such as Nos. 2, 5, 5 and 9 in Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Sam Burns, respectively.

Top-20 ranked names include 2017 Travelers champion Jordan Spieth (11), Xander Schauffele (15), Tony Finau (17) and Joaquin Niemann (18).

In addition to Spieth, other former Travelers winners teeing it up this week in Connecticut include defending champ Harris English (2021), Chez Reavie (2019), Russell Knox (2016), Kevin Streelman (2014), Marc Leishman (2012), Stewart Cink (2008, 1997) and JJ Henry (2006).

Other marquee names include Kevin Kisner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, among others.

Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Rory McIlroy (10-1)
1. Scottie Scheffler (10-1)
3. Justin Thomas (12-1)
4. Patrick Cantlay (14-1)
5. Sam Burns (18-1)

Full Field & Odds

TPC River Highlands | Cromwell, CT | June 23-26, 2022


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