Travelers Championship adds 2017 winner Jordan Spieth to already-impressive field

Published on Monday, 10 June 2019 18:51
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

@DavidGlovach

HARTFORD —  The Travelers Championship has added another former major winner to its field.

Jordan Spieth, the three-time major winner and 2017 Travelers champion, will be making his third straight appearance at TPC River Highlands later this month.

“Nobody will ever forget what Jordan accomplished two years ago at TPC River Highlands,” Travelers Championship tournament director Nathan Grube said in a statement. “The way he won — his reaction, and the reaction from the crowd around the 18th hole — shows the type of excitement he can bring to the event. We’re thrilled that he’ll be playing this year.”

Spieth won his Travelers Championship debut in dramatic fashion by holing out from a bunker on the first playoff hole after a nearly identical shot that let to par putt on the 18th to force the extra hole.

A former No. 1 player in the world and currently ranked 28th in the World Golf Rankings, Spieth joins a field that features plenty of talent.

Brooks Koepka (No. 1; 2017, 2018 U.S. Open and 2018, 2019 PGA Championship winner), Francesco Molinari (No. 6; 2018 British Open), Justin Thomas (No. 7; 2017 PGA Championship), Patrick Cantlay (No. 8), Bryson DeChambeau (No. 9), Tony Finau (No. 14), Paul Casey (No. 15), Jason Day (No. 16; 2015 PGA Championship), Tommy Fleetwood (No. 18), defending champion Bubba Watson (No. 20; 2014, 2014 Masters), Marc Leishman (No. 21), Louis Oosthuizen (No. 22), Patrick Reed (No. 23; 2018 Masters) and Phil Mickelson (No. 24; 5 majors), who is making his first appearance in Cromwell since 2003, have already committed to playing in the event.

Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015 and the British Open in 2017. He was also named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013 and won the FedExCup title in 2015. In his last three starts, Spieth tied for third at the PGA Championship, then tied for eighth at the Charles Schwab Challenge and tied for seventh at the Memorial Tournament.

 “Jordan authored one of the iconic moments in Travelers Championship and PGA Tour history,” said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Travelers, in a statement. “He’s a great friend of the tournament, he’s done great things at our event and the fans will be excited to hear that he’s coming back. His presence is a fantastic addition to what promises to be an amazing tournament week.”

 The 2019 Travelers Championship will be held June 17–23 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. For tickets and more information on this year’s tournament, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com .

David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or dglovach@newbritainherald.com



Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports on Monday, 10 June 2019 18:51. Updated: Monday, 10 June 2019 20:18.