Former champions Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman and Chez Reavie commit to play in 2020 Travelers Championship

Published on Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:43
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

@DavidGlovach

HARTFORD - The Travelers Championship has added three former champions to its upcoming field.

The tournament announced on Wednesday that defending champion Chez Reavie, 2017 winner Jordan Spieth and 2012 champion Marc Leishman have all committed to play in the 2020 event.

“Tournament champions become part of the Travelers Championship family and we’re always happy to see them return,” Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube said in a statement. “Chez, Jordan and Marc all have great memories from their winning weeks at TPC River Highlands, so I know they’re looking forward to coming back. And we’re looking forward to having them here.”

With the addition of Leishman, the Travelers Championship now has 12 of the world’s top 16 ranked players. Leishman is currently ranked 15th in the World Golf Rankings.

Rory McIlroy (No. 1), Jon Rahm (No. 2), Justin Thomas (No. 3), Brooks Koepka (No. 4), Dustin Johnson (No. 5), Patrick Reed (No. 6), Patrick Cantlay (No. 7), Webb Simpson (No. 9), Bryson DeChambeau (No. 12), Justin Rose (No. 14) and Tony Finau (No. 16) are among the top golfers who have already committed to play in the tournament. Other notable names include three-time Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson, former PGA Champion Jason Day and Paul Casey.

Reavie had a record-setting week at TPC River Highlands in 2019. He built a tournament-record six-shot lead through three rounds and ended up winning by four shots for his second PGA Tour victory. In the third round, Reavie matched the tournament record by shooting a 7-under-par 28 on the back nine. It was Reavie’s first Tour victory since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open and capped his best season on Tour with six top-10 finishes. This will be Reavie’s 10th appearance at the Travelers Championship.

Spieth won the 2017 Travelers Championship in dramatic fashion, holing out from a bunker on the first playoff hole to beat Daniel Berger. Spieth is an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, including three major championships. He won the Masters and the U.S. Open in 2015 and the British Open Championship in 2017. Spieth has spent 26 weeks as the world’s top-ranked player, was the PGA Tour player of the year in 2015, has played in three Ryder Cups and three Presidents Cups, and will be making his fourth straight appearance at TPC River Highlands.

Leishman overcame a six-shot deficit in the final round of the 2012 Travelers Championship, shooting a 62 for his first PGA Tour win. Four more Tour victories have followed: the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational, the 2017 BMW Championship, the 2019 CIMB Classic, and the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open. Leishman has played in the past four Presidents Cups as a member of the International Team. He will be making his 10th start at the Travelers Championship.

“We’re so proud of our previous winners, and Chez, Jordan and Marc have all been wonderful champions,” said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Travelers, in a statement. “I am looking forward to see who will win this year’s Travelers Championship and join them in that distinguished club.”

The 2020 Travelers Championship will be held June 25–28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA Tour has announced the tournament will be a TV-only event, with no spectators permitted on-site.

For more information, 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 Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:43. Updated: Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:45.