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.
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
Cabrera Bello Rafa
Kim, Si Woo
Love III, Davis
Potter, Jr., Ted
Van Pelt, Bo
Varner III, Harold