2020 Travelers Championship features “Best Field Ever”

Phil Mickelson, a five-time major champion whose 44 career PGA TOUR victories include back-to-back wins (2001, 2002) at the Travelers Championship is teeing it up for a TV-only audience June 25-28.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Travelers Championship added two World Golf Hall of Fame members, 10 major championship winners and yet another Top 10 ranked player for the TV-only tournament with first round action scheduled Thursday June 25 from TPC River Highlands.

The addition of 10th-ranked Xander Schauffele gave the biggest sporting event in Connecticut the top seven ranked players in the Official World Golf Rankings, nine of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 20 who will be at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell along with 10 past champions.

The top ranked players in the field are No. 1 Rory McIlroy, No 2 Jon Rahm, No. 3 Justin Thomas, No. 4 Brooks Koepka, No. 5 Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Patrick Reed, No. 7 Patrick Cantlay, No. 9 Webb Simpson (No. 9) and Schauffele. The only Top 10 player who won’t be in Cromwell is Australian Adam Scott, who is not coming to America for several more weeks because he would have had to arrive two weeks early to quarantine.

Rory McIlroy, World No. 1, will most likely be a factor in Sundays final round June 28 at The Travelers Championship, where he finished T-16 last year at TPC River Highland in Cromwell.

Other marquee names in the best field since the tournament began as the Insurance City Open in 1952 include No. 12 Bryson DeChambeau, No. 14 Justin Rose, No. 16 Tony Finau, No. 24 Paul Casey, Jason Day, defending champion Chez Reavie and past winners Jordan Spieth (2017), No. 15 Marc Leishman (2012) and Bubba Watson (2010, 2015, 2018), who will try to tie World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper for most tournament wins (four).

Among those who committed to play were Hall of Famers Davis Love III and Vijay Singh; 2007 Masters and 2015 British Open champion Zach Johnson; reigning U.S. Open titlist Gary Woodland; reigning British Open winner Shane Lowry; 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia; 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who shot a PGA Tour-record, 12-under-par 58 in the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship; 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett; 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel; 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell; 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen; 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover; Daniel Berger, who lost to Spieth on the first playoff three years ago when Spieth holed a 61-foot bunker shot and then beat fellow late commiter Collin Morikawa on the first playoff Sunday in the Charles Schwab Challenge; Vermont native Keegan Bradley, who tied for second last year; Sungjae Im, who leads the FedExCup standings; Springfield native Richy Werenski; Ian Poulter, Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Na, Ryan Moore, Luke Donald, Viktor Hovland, Matthew Wolff and past champions Kevin Streelman (2014), Russell Knox (2016), Stewart Cink (1997, 2008), Hunter Mahan (2007) and Fairfield native J.J. Henry (2006), the only Connecticut native to win the tournament. The other past winner who previously entered was Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson, the only back-to-back champion in tournament history (2001, 2002).

The field includes 109 players who have PGA Tour titles, including the 10 who have prevailed at TPC River Highlands. The final two spots in the field will be determined in the Open qualifier June 22 at Ellington Ridge Country Club.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no spectators and only limited media will be permitted on-site in Cromwell. Fans can watch play on Golf Channel (3–6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) and on CBS (3–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday).


The following is the list of players who committed to play:

An, Byeong Hun
Ancer, Abraham
Armour, Ryan
Baddeley, Aaron
Berger, Daniel
Bjerregaard, Lucas
Blair, Zac
Bradley, Keegan
Brown, Scott
Bryan, Wesley
Burgoon, Bronson
Burns, Sam
Cabrera Bello Rafa
Cantlay, Patrick
Casey, Paul
Cauley, Bud
Chalmers, Greg
Champ, Cameron
Chappell, Kevin
Cink, Stewart
Clark, Wyndham
Conners, Corey
Cook, Austin
Dahmen, Joel
Day, Jason
DeChambeau, Bryson
Donald, Luke
Duncan, Tyler
Every, Matt
Finau, Tony
Fitzpatrick, Matthew
Frittelli, Dylan
Furyk, Jim
Garcia, Sergio
Garnett, Brice
Gay, Brian
Glover, Lucas
Gooch, Talor
Gordon, Will
Grace, Branden
Griffin, Lanto
Grillo, Emiliano
Hadley, Chesson
Hahn, James
Harman, Brian
Harrington, Scott
Henley, Russell
Henry, J.J.
Higgs, Harry
Hoag, Bo
Hoffman, Charley
Hoge, Tom
Homa, Max
Horschel, Billy
Hossler, Beau
Hovland, Viktor
Hubbard, Mark
Hughes, Mackenzie
Im, Sungjae
Johnson, Dustin
Johnson, Zach
Jones, Matt
Kang, Sung
Kim, Michael
Kim, Si Woo
Kisner, Kevin
Kizzire, Patton
Knox, Russell
Koepka, Brooks
Kokrak, Jason
Kuest, Peter
Lashley, Nate
Lee, Danny
Lee, Kyoung-Hoon
Leishman, Marc
List, Luke
Long, Adam
Love III, Davis
Lovemark, Jamie
Lowry, Shane
Mahan, Hunter
Malnati, Peter
McCarthy, Denny
McDowell, Graeme
McIlroy, Rory
Merritt, Troy
Mickelson, Phil
Mitchell, Keith
Moore, Ryan
Morikawa, Collin
Muñoz, Sebastián
Murray, Grayson
Na, Kevin
NeSmith, Matthew
Niemann, Joaquin
Noh, Seung-Yul
Norlander, Henrik
Oosthuizen, Louis
Ortiz, Carlos
Palmer, Ryan
Pan, C.T.
Poston, J.T.
Potter, Jr., Ted
Poulter, Ian
Putnam, Andrew
Rahm, Jon
Reavie, Chez
Redman, Doc
Reed, Patrick
Rodgers, Patrick
Rose, Justin
Ryder, Sam
Schauffele, Xander
Scheffler, Scottie
Schenk, Adam
Schwartzel, Charl
Shelton, Robby
Simpson, Webb
Singh, Vijay
Sloan, Roger
Smith, Cameron
Snedeker, Brandt
Spaun, J.J.
Spieth, Jordan
Stallings, Scott
Stanley, Kyle
Steele, Brendan
Straka, Sepp
Streelman, Kevin
Stricker, Steve
Stroud, Chris
Stuard, Brian
Swafford, Hudson
Taylor, Vaughn
Theegala, Sahith
Thomas, Justin
Thompson, Michael
Todd, Brendon
Trainer, Martin
Tringale, Cameron
Tway, Kevin
Van Pelt, Bo
Varner III, Harold
Vegas, Jhonattan
Wallace, Matt
Watson, Bubba
Werenski, Richy
Willett, Danny
Wise, Aaron
Wolff, Matthew
Woodland, Gary
Zhang, Xinjun

Worked as sports writer for The Hartford Courant for 38 years before retiring in 2008. His major beats at the paper were golf, the Hartford Whalers, University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, Yale football, United States and World Figure Skating Championships and ski columnist. He has covered every PGA Tour stop in Connecticut since 1971, along with 30 Masters, 25 U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships, 12 Deutsche Bank Championships, 15 Westchester (N.Y.) Classics and four Ryder Cups. He has won several Golf Writers Association of America writing awards, including a first place for a feature on John Daly, and was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. He also worked for the Connecticut Whale hockey team for two years when they were renamed by former Hartford Whalers managing general partner Howard Baldwin, who had become the marketing director of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

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