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.”