HARTFORD, Conn. – The Travelers Championship landed yet another marquee player this week with a commitment from the reigning Masters champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year Scottie Scheffler.
Scheffler regained No. 1 status in the Official World Golf Ranking with a repeat victory in the WM Phoenix Open on Feb. 12 before dropping to No. 2 when Jon Rahm captured the Genesis Invitational on Feb. 19. Scheffler will make his fourth consecutive start at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell on June 22-25, joining other early entries No. 3 Rory McIlroy and No. 6 Xander Schauffele, the defending champion.
“It’s exciting to welcome Scottie back to the Travelers Championship, coming off such an amazing season that’s carried into this year,” tournament director Nathan Grube said in a release. “The fans can expect to continue to see top players like Scottie joining our field in the weeks to come.”
Scheffler won PGA Tour Player of the Year honors last season after a three-stroke victory at the Masters, his first major title, and three other PGA Tour victories in his next six starts, as well as four second-place finishes among 11 Top-10s. This season, he already has four Top-10s in seven starts, including the win in Phoenix, the fifth in his PGA Tour career.
“Scottie is a great player and an even better person, it’s been great seeing him have so much success,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “I’m excited that Scottie will be joining us as we build the best field that this event and our fans have ever seen.”
As one of the PGA Tour’s new “elevated” tournaments, the biggest sporting event in Connecticut will another strong field in its 72-year history. The event will have a record $20 million purse and at least 19 of the top 20 players in the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program, which ranks golfers by success and popularity.