HARTFORD, Conn. – Yet another high-ranked player and major championship winner has committed to the Travelers Championship.
Collin Morikawa, whose second PGA Tour start was via a sponsors’ exemption in Cromwell in 2019, has joined the field that will be at TPC River Highlands on June 22-25. It will be the third Travelers Championship appearance for Morikawa, who is a five-time PGA Tour winner and is No. 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
“We’re delighted to add another highly ranked and supremely talented golfer to our player field with Collin joining us,” tournament chairman Nathan Grube. “He has played here twice before, so we know the intensity he brings to every shot and the exciting moments he’s capable of at TPC River Highlands.”
Other marquee players who have already committed to the biggest sporting event in Connecticut are Scottie Scheffler (No. 2), Rory McIlroy (No. 3), Patrick Cantlay (No. 4), defending champion Xander Schauffele (No. 6), Justin Thomas (No. 12) and Vermont native Keegan Bradley (No. 22).
Morikawa’s first PGA Tour victory came in only his sixth start as a professional, at the Barracuda Championship in 2019. He won the PGA Championship the following year for his first major title, then captured The Open Championship in 2021 for his second. This season, Morikawa has three finishes of sixth or better, including a second in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Morikawa represented the United States at the Walker Cup in 2017, the Olympics and the Ryder Cup in 2021 and the Presidents Cup last year. He went a combined 5-1-1 in helping the U.S. win back the Ryder Cup and retain the Presidents Cup.
“Collin’s talent was evident since his college days at Cal, which is why we gave him an exemption in 2019, and since that time, he’s had a tremendous start to his career,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “I’m excited that our fans will have another opportunity to see him up close this year. Hosting the best golfers in the world is just one of the many reasons why fans will want to experience this world-class event.”
As one of the PGA Tour’s new “elevated” tournaments, the Travelers Championship will have a $20 million purse and is expected to attract nearly all of the Top 20 players in the world and the top players in its Player Impact Program, which ranks players in terms of popularity as well as skill. Fans will be welcome onsite beginning June 21 for the Celebrity Pro-Am.
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