Tommy Fleetwood, ranked No. 16 in the world, and Patrick Cantlay, ranked No. 17, have commited to play in the 2019 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut June 20-23.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Travelers Championship added two more Top-20 players for the $7.2 million tournament June 20-23 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

The latest to commit are Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Cantlay, who join reigning U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka (No. 3), Justin Thomas (No. 5), British Open titlist Francesco Molinari (No. 7), Bryson DeChambeau (No. 8), Paul Casey (No. 12), Tony Finau (No. 14), Jason Day (No. 15), defending champion Bubba Watson (No. 18), Patrick Reed (No. 19) and 2012 Travelers Championship winner Marc Leishman (No. 22).

“Adding two more Top-20 players further strengthens and adds to the competitiveness of our player field,” tournament director Nathan Grube said. “Tommy and Patrick have been playing well, and there’s a good chance we’ll see them in the mix on Sunday of tournament week at TPC River Highlands.”

Fleetwood, No. 16 in the World Golf Ranking, is a 28-year-old Englishman who owns four victories on the European Tour, most recently the 2018 Abu Dhabi Championship. Fleetwood became a PGA Tour in 2018, when he finished second to Koepka in the U.S. Open, his best showing in a major championship. Fleetwood also had a runner-up finish at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in 2017. In 10 PGA Tour starts this season, Fleetwood has four Top-10 finishes, including a tie for second in New Orleans and a tie for third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He went 4-1 at the 2018 Ryder Cup, including winning all four team matches with Molinari.

Cantlay (No. 17) won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in the 2017-18 season and nearly defended his title earlier this season, finishing second for his best finish in 12 starts in 2018-19. In his Travelers Championship debut in 2011, Cantlay, 27, shot a second-round 60, the lowest score by an amateur in a PGA Tour event and the course record until Jim Furyk shot a Tour-record 58 in the final round in 2017. Cantlay tied for 15th at TPC River Highlands last year, his best finish in four tournament starts. In 2011, Cantlay was named the winner of the Fred Haskins Award and the Jack Nicklaus Award while playing for UCLA.

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.

Leave a Reply

Notify of