HARTFORD — After a dramatic win in 2017, Jordan Spieth is coming back to TPC River Highlands to defend his Travelers Championship title.
The world’s No. 4 golfer committed to play in the 2018 the Travelers Championship announced Tuesday.
Spieth joins a number of players who have already committed to the Travelers Championship, including Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Charley Hoffman, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk.
Spieth won the 2017 Travelers Championship after beating Daniel Berger in a playoff after holing a bunker shot. The celebration that ensued between Spieth and his caddie, Michael Greller — tossing the club and bunker rake, then chest-bumping — was one of the PGA Tour’s most iconic moments of 2017.
Spieth’s win at TPC River Highlands came in his Travelers Championship debut.
He led wire to wire, finishing at 12-under-par with rounds of 63-69-66-70. His even-par final round allowed Berger to catch him after 72 holes, but Spieth was able to hold on in the playoff.
“We’re excited that Jordan has decided to come back to defend his title,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers, in a statement. “Watching the playoff bunker shot and seeing the crowd erupt still gives me chills. Jordan is an amazing player, and we’re all looking forward to seeing what he’ll do this year against some strong competition.”
Spieth, a 24-year-old from Dallas, followed his win at the Travelers Championship with a victory at the 2017 British Open, which gave him three major championships. He previously won the Masters and the U.S. Open in 2015. Spieth will attempt to complete the career grand slam at this year’s PGA Championship.
With 11 PGA Tour victories in his career, Spieth has been one of the world’s best players since he turned professional in 2012. He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013. Spieth then won the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year honors in 2015, when he won five tournaments, plus the FedExCup title.
The 2018 Travelers Championship will be held June 18-24 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
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