2020 Travelers Championship Commits

Rob Joyce
June 15, 2020 - 7:29 am
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One of the state's hallmark sporting events won't look the same this year. Normally one of the best attended and well-received non-majors in professional golf, the Travelers Championship will go on as scheduled from June 25-28. There will be no fans, obviously, but many of the sport's biggest names will be out in full force at TPC River Highlands. As of June 15, four of the top five and nine of the top 16 highest-ranked golfers in the world will be in Cromwell.

After an exciting return to the PGA Tour with the Charles Schwab Challenge this past weekend, it could set the stage for a memorable weekend. Here are some of the biggest names in the Travelers' field:

Rory McIlroy: The current world number one hasn't won a major since 2015, but he was playing some of his best golf before the coronavirus stoppage. He finished tied for 32nd this past weekend, breaking a stretch of seven consecutive top-five finishes going back to late last year. Since the start of 2019 he's finished inside the top-10 in 19 of the 26 events in which he's played, including four wins. It will be his third appearance at the Travelers, after finishing T-17th in 2017 and T-12th in 2018.

Justin Thomas: The third-ranked player in the world, Thomas has played in six events in 2020. Four times he's finished in the top-10, including last weekend, and kicked off the season with a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. But he also has a pair of missed cuts. The 2017 PGA Championship winner marks his seventh appearance at TPC River Highlands, with his best performance coming in 2016 (T-3rd).

Brooks Koepka: The four-time major winner has struggled a bit in 2020 in coming off a 2019 season where he battled what he called an "excruciating" knee injury. He began the year as the No. 1 golfer in the world, but in six events in 2020 has finished outside the top-30 five times (with two missed cuts) and the lone outlier was a T-17th placement at the Saudi International. He begins the week ranked fourth in the world and will make his fourth consecutive appearance at the Travelers and fifth overall. He'll look to improve in an event that's seen him finish inside the top-20 just once, back in 2018 (T-19th).

Dustin Johnson: One of the most recent additions to the field, Johnson announced late last week that he'll be making his first trek to Connecticut since 2014. Currently ranked fifth in the world, DJ has three top-10 finishes in six starts this year and will look to continue a stretch in which he's won at least one event in 12 consecutive years. It will mark just his third appearance at the Travelers since turning pro, joining 2008 (T-34th) and 2014 (T-31st).

Patrick Reed: Since sinking to as low as 25th in the Official World Golf Rankings midway through 2019, Reed has seen a steady climb up the ladder, now sitting sixth after tying for 7th at the Charles Schwab Challenge. He has a pair of wins in the Northern Trust Open and the WGC-Mexico Championship and another pair of top-three finishes. Reed is a staple at the Travelers, having played in the event every year since his pro debut in 2012. His best finish came in 2017, when he tied for fifth.

Patrick Cantlay: A win last May at The Memorial vaulted Cantlay into the OWGR top-10 for the first time, and he's been there ever since. Currently seventh in the world, the 28-year-old hasn't played in an event since the Genesis Invitational in mid-February, but he'll be in Cromwell. Of course, all of these are professional achievements. It's what he did as an amateur in 2011 that will live in tournament lore. At age 19, in the field thanks to a sponsor exemption, Cantlay set a then-course-record with a second-round 60 that gave him the 36-hole lead. The next year he turned pro, and he made his professional debut... again at the Travelers.

 

Other commits to the 2020 field at the Travelers include Bryson DeChambeau (ranked 12th, on the heels of four consecutive top-5 finishes), Justin Rose (ranked 14th), Tony Finau (ranked 16th), Jason Day (former world No. 1) and Bubba Watson (three-time Travelers Championship winner).