HARTFORD, Conn. – The Travelers Championship continues to add Top-10 commitments to its 2022 tournament scheduled June 23-26 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The latest to enter the biggest sporting event in Connecticut is Scottie Scheffler, one of the hottest players on the planet at the moment who is sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking and earned his second PGA Tour victory in four weeks on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. Scheffler earned his first PGA Tour victory on Feb. 13 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff with Patrick Cantlay.
He joins fifth-ranked Rory McIlroy, No. 7 Justin Thomas, and No. 9 Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Travelers champion, as early entries to the tournament June 23-26 immediately following the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline (MA) June 16-19. Thomas defends in the prestigious Players Championship next week at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
“It was just a matter of time before Scottie won on the PGA Tour because he is a world-class athlete and has been playing extremely well,” Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers, said in a statement. “His hard work, tremendous attitude and consistent play over the past few seasons have gotten him into the top tier of professional golfers. We’re really excited that he’s coming to play our tournament.”
Besides the WM Phoenix Open and Arnold Palmer Invitational wins, Scheffler tied for second in the Houston Open, finished fourth in the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba and is first in the FedExCup standings. He was a three-time All-American at the University of Texas who lives in Dallas and has 19 Top-10 finishes in his PGA Tour career, which is in its third full season. He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for the 2019-20 season and will be playing at TPC River Highlands for the third consecutive year that includes a tie for eighth in 2021.
“This commitment from Scottie is great news for the tournament because it gives us another Top-10 player who enjoys playing at TPC River Highlands,” tournament director Nathan Grube said “We want to provide our fans in attendance and those watching from home the best experience, with the opportunity to watch golf’s biggest and brightest stars.”
Scheffler, 25, competed in the Ryder Cup for the first time last year and went 2-0-1 in helping the United States record the largest victory in history, 19-9, over Europe. His career low round on the PGA Tour is 59 at the Northern Trust in 2020.