Xander Schauffele to Defend Travelers Championship Title, June 22-25

Xander Schauffele, a seven-time PGA Tour winner and gold medal winner in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, will return to TPC River Highlands June 22-25 to defend his Travelers Championship title.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Travelers Championship got another early Top-10 this week with a commitment from defending champion Xander Schauffele.

Schauffele, ranked sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings, joins No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who was No. 1 before Scottie Scheffler successfully defended in the WM Phoenix Open on Feb. 12.

As one of the PGA Tour’s new “elevated” tournaments, the biggest sporting event in Connecticut will have another strong field at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell on June 22-25. 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.


“It’s always special having our defending champion in the player field because it brings back so many great memories,” tournament director Nathan Grube said in a release. “Xander had a spectacular 2022 that included an amazing week at the Travelers, and he’s continued to play at a very high level since then. Our fans enjoyed cheering him on to victory, and they’ll be ready to welcome him back as a big part of the tournament family.”

Schauffele, 29, a San Diego native, won the 2022 Travelers Championship in his fourth appearance when he birdied the 18th hole for a final-round, 2-under-par 68 and 72-hole total of 19-under 261, two better than J.T. Poston and Sahith Theegala, who double-bogeyed No. 18. Schauffele earned $1.5 million and later won the PGA Tour’s team event in New Orleans with close friend Patrick Cantlay and the Genesis Scottish Open. He tied for 18th or better in 10 of his final 11 PGA Tour events, which included three wins and three other Top-5 finishes. He also notched the clinching point for the United States in the Presidents Cup and has a tie for third in The American Express and a tie for ninth in the ZOZO Championship this season. He has 10 victories since turning pro in 2015, including seven on the PGA Tour, and won the gold medal in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

“Xander is a tremendously talented player, and it was exciting to see him win the Travelers Championship,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “He’s also an extremely tough competitor, and when it got close last year, Xander played his best and finished with a birdie. I’m looking forward to seeing him back in Connecticut, and I’m sure he’ll be even more motivated to defend his title against an incredible field.”

On the web: TravelersChampionship.com

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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