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.