HARTFORD, Conn. – The Travelers Championship added yet another Top-20 ranked entry on Wednesday when Australian Jason Day committed to the $7.2 million tournament June 20-23 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
Day, a 12-time PGA Tour winner and former No. 1 ranked player in the world, is currently 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking and joins other leading players such as Brooks Koepka (No. 3), Justin Thomas (No. 5), Francesco Molinari (No. 7), Bryson DeChambeau (No. 8), Paul Casey (No. 12), Tony Finau (No. 14), defending champion Bubba Watson (No. 17), Patrick Reed (No. 19) and 2012 Travelers Championship winner Marc Leishman (No. 22).
Koepka repeated as U.S. Open champion and later won the PGA Championship last year and tied for second in the Masters on Sunday. Molinari became the first Italian to win a major championship in the 2018 British Open and then tied for fifth in the Masters after leading after three rounds. Reed won the Masters last year.
“Jason has been one of the world’s best players for a number of years, and we’re excited to have him coming back to Connecticut,” tournament director Nathan Grube said.
Ten of Day’s 12 PGA Tour wins have come since the start of the 2015 season. He won five times in 2015, highlighted by his victory at the PGA Championship for his first major title. Two FedExCup playoff wins that year moved Day into the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, a position he held for most of 2016, when he won three more tournaments, including The Players Championship. Day won twice more in 2018 and has four Top-5 finishes in 10 starts this season, including a tie for fifth in the Masters.
This will be the third year in a row that Day has played in the Travelers Championship, and his fifth appearance overall. His best finish at TPC River Highlands came last year, when he tied for 12th.
“We’ve gotten to know Jason really well during his PGA Tour career,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “He’s an extraordinary person and player who is sure to help us attract more fans, which will allow us to generate more money for charity.”
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