Another top-10 player commits to Travelers Championship

Patrick Cantlay, world No. 4 and 2021 Player of the Year, will compete in the Travelers Championship scheduled June 23-26 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell (CT).

HARTFORD, Conn. – Yet another Top-10 player committed to the 2022 edition of the Travelers Championship!

Patrick Cantlay, the reigning FedExCup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year ranked fourth in the world, joined a field that already included No. 5 Scottie Scheffler, No. 7 Rory McIlroy, No. 8 Justin Thomas and No. 10 Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Travelers champion. Cantlay has six PGA Tour wins, including four in 2021.

Cantlay had four consecutive Top-10 finishes to start this year, including a playoff loss at The Waste Management Phoenix Open to Scheffler, who committed last week.

“Patrick has been playing some of the best golf on the PGA Tour in recent years,” tournament director Nathan Grube said in a release. “We’re thrilled that our fans will be able to watch the Tour’s current Player of the Year, and we thank Patrick for his continued support.”

Two of Cantlay’s wins last year came in the PGA Tour playoffs in the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. Those victories cemented his first FedExCup points title and positioned Cantlay for year-end honors. His two other wins last season came at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD and at the Memorial. He also won the Memorial in 2019 and captured first PGA Tour victory in the 2017 Shriners Children’s Open.

As a 19-year-old UCLA student, Cantlay made history in the 2011 Travelers Championship while playing on a sponsors exemption when he shot a 10-under-par 60 in the second round, the lowest score by an amateur in PGA Tour history that also remains his best score of his career. He was the No. 1 ranked amateur at the time and took the lead at the midway point of the tournament before finishing in a tie for 24th. Since then, he has played in the Travelers six more times, with his best finish a tie for 11th in 2020.

“From the first time he ever played in our tournament, Patrick made it clear that he would be a force on the PGA Tour,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “To see him go from a college amateur playing on an exemption to a multiple time Tour winner who was voted by his peers as the top player is remarkable. It has been fun to watch his career unfold, and we are excited that he will be back competing in the Travelers Championship this June.”

The biggest sporting event in Connecticut is June 23-26 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

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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