Xander Schauffele Joins Star-Studded Travelers Championship Field

Xander Schauffele, world No. 9 and 2020 Olympic Golf Medalist, will compete in the 2020 Travelers Championship June 23-26 at TPC River Highlands, Cromwell (CT).

HARTFORD, Conn. – Yet another marquee player has committed to play in the Travelers Championship.

Xander Schauffele, the ninth-ranked player in the world who won the gold medal in the 2021 Summer Olympics, joined a field scheduled to be at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell on June 23-26 that already included No. 4 Patrick Cantlay, No. 5 Scottie Scheffler, No. 7 Justin Thomas, No. 8 Rory McIlroy and No. 11 Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Travelers champion.

“We’re grateful that Xander will be joining us, and having the Olympic gold medalist in our field is something I’m sure our fans will be excited about,” tournament director Nathan Grube said in a release. “We want the best players in the world because they help the tournament reach its goals of generating money for local charities.”

Schauffele, a 28-year-old from San Diego who has four PGA Tour victories, won the gold medal by one stroke over Rory Sabbatini in the Olympics in Japan. It was the highlight of a year that saw him record eight Top-10 finishes, including three runner-up showings. Schauffele has consistently been near the lead since the start of the 2018 season with 29 Top-10 finishes. That includes nine such finishes in majors at the Open Championship (T2 in 2018), the Masters (T2 in 2019 and T3 in 2021), the U.S. Open (T5 in 2017, T6 in 2018, T3 in 2019, fifth in 2020 and T7 in 2021) and the PGA Championship (T10 in 2020).

Schauffele’s PGA Tour victories came in the Greenbrier Classic and TOUR Championship in 2017 and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Sentry Tournament of Champions in 2019. This will be Schauffele’s fourth appearance at TPC River Highlands, with his best finish being a tie for 14th in 2017.

“Xander is one of the world’s best players who consistently performs well in golf’s biggest events,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “But in addition to all that success, he’s a class act. You could see how much being part of Team USA meant to him and his family, and winning the gold medal was a well-deserved moment.”


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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