Patrick Cantlay and Keegan Bradley have committed to play in the 2021 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell (CT) June 24-27.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Two players who have had memorable moments in the Travelers Championship are the latest to join the field for this year’s tournament.

Patrick Cantlay, ranked 15th in the Official World Golf Rankings, and Vermont native Keegan Bradley, who nearly won the event two years ago in front of hundreds of boisterous supporters, have committed to the $7.4 million tournament June 24-27 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

“We’re adding two more great players to our field with Patrick and Keegan,” tournament director Nathan Grube said in a statement. “They both have a long history here, and a large number of fans who will be cheering them on at TPC River Highlands this year.”

Cantlay, 29, a three-time PGA Tour winner, made a splash in the Travelers as a 19-year-old in 2011 when he shot a 10-under-par 60 in the second round while playing on a sponsors’ exemption that was then the TPC River Highlands course record (Jim Furyk shot a Tour-record 58 in 2016) and remains the lowest score shot by an amateur in a Tour event. He tied for 24th that year, made his pro debut in Cromwell in 2012 and his best showing in six Travelers starts is a tie for 11th last year. His Tour victories came in the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the 2019 Memorial and 2020 ZOZO Championship.

Bradley, 34, a graduate of Hopkinton High School in Massachusetts, has four PGA Tour victories, including the 2011 PGA Championship in his rookie year. His 10 Travelers Championship appearances include a tie for second with Zack Suchar in 2019, when they finished four strokes behind winner Chez Reavie. Bradley also won the 2011 Byron Nelson Championship, 2012 Bridgestone Invitational and 2018 BMW Championship. He best finishes this year are second in the Valspar Championship and a tie for fourth with Brendan Steele in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the only team event on the PGA Tour. Bradley also played on the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup teams and the 2013 Presidents Cup.

“What Patrick did at the Travelers Championship in 2011 is unforgettable, and Keegan has played in the tournament for 10 straight years – I can’t wait to welcome both of them back,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “They’re PGA Tour winners with a track record of success in Connecticut, so they’ll definitely be two players to watch.”

Cantlay and Bradley join a field that includes other early commitments from defending champion and No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 4 and reigning U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, No. 7 Brooks Koepka, who tied for second in the PGA Championship, No. 8 Patrick Reed, No. 18 Paul Casey, a frequent challenger in Cromwell who tied for fourth in the PGA, No. 19 Abraham Ancer, former No. 1 Jason Day, 2012 titlist Marc Leishman, former U.S. Open and Olympic titlist Justin Rose, Max Homa, Cameron Smith and Bubba Watson, who will try to tie World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper for most tournament wins (four).

After spectators weren’t allowed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 10,000 can attend this year from pro-am day on June 23 through the four rounds of the tournament.

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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