Patrick Cantlay Commits to Travelers Championship

Patrick Cantlay, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR currently No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has committed to play in the 2020 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut June 25-28.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Another Top-10 player committed to the Travelers Championship this week.

Patrick Cantlay, who moved to sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings after a tie for 11th in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday, joined No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 4 Justin Thomas as early entries for Connecticut’s biggest sporting event June 25-28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Bubba Watson, who will try to tie Hall of Famer Billy Casper for most tournament wins (four), has also signed on.

Cantlay has two PGA Tour victories and holds the record for the lowest score by an amateur, an 11-under-par 60 in the second round of the 2011 Travelers Championship while playing on a sponsor’s exemption as a 19-year-old.

“Patrick will always be remembered for what he did as an amateur here in 2011, but since turning professional he has won on the PGA Tour, played in the Presidents Cup and been a consistent presence on tournament leaderboards,” tournament director Nathan Grube said. “We are happy to see him have continued success, and we are looking forward to seeing him back in Connecticut in June.”

Cantlay’s PGA Tour wins came in the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and 2019 Memorial Tournament. This season, his best finishes are second at the Shriners and fourth at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Before turning pro, Cantlay was the top-ranked amateur in the world and named the nation’s top collegiate player while at UCLA. He represented the United States in the 2011 Walker Cup and went 3-2 in the 2019 Presidents Cup. Since the start of the 2017 PGA Tour season, Cantlay has been a model of consistency, making the cut in 56 of 61 starts with 22 Top-10 finishes.

“Adding Patrick is great for our player field, and we’re thrilled that he’ll be joining us in 2020,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “Our relationship with him is a perfect example of what we’ve tried to do over the years. We gave a promising young amateur an exemption and have built a wonderful connection with him since then.”

Chez Reavie will defend his Travelers Championship title after ending an 11-year victory drought last year.

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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