Mickelson to return to Cromwell, commits to Travelers Championship

Published on Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:15
Written by RYAN CHICHESTER

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CROMWELL – The 2020 Travelers Championship will already feature the top-five golfers in the world and eight of the top 10, and now it will have a familiar face and former tournament champion in the mix when the action begins next week.

Phil Mickelson, who won at TPC River Highlands in 2001 and 2002 when it was still called the Canon Greater Hartford Open, committed to the Travelers on Thursday morning, marking his second straight appearance after coming back to the event in 2019 for the first time since 2003.

“Phil is one of the most popular and decorated players in golf history and having him in our field definitely adds a layer of excitement,” said Travelers Championship tournament director Nathan Grube in Thursday’s announcement. “Everything that Phil has brought to the game is spectacular. We’re getting an elite player with Phil’s commitment.”

Mickelson, who just turned 50 on Tuesday, is a five-time major champion and boasts 44 PGA Tour victories, two coming in Cromwell. He is ninth on the PGA Tour’s career wins list, his first coming all the way back in 1991 at the Northern Telecom Open, when he was still attending Arizona State University. He’s still the last amateur to win a PGA Tour event.

Mickelson’s last PGA Tour victory came last year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. His five major wins include three Masters wins in 2004, 2006 and 2010, a PGA Championship victory in 2005, and an Open Championship win in 2013. He is already a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, having been elected in 2012, and his back-to-back wins at TPC River Highlands is still a record in the history of the Travelers Championship.

Mickelson had a solid first round in his return to the Travelers last year, finishing 3-under before opening his second round with a double-bogey, closing with a 6-over day, and missing the cut after round two. He’ll look to improve upon that mark and return to his peak at the course at the start of the millennium.

“With the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking and eight of the top 10, it already feels like the best player field we’ve ever had, and now we’re adding to it with Phil Mickelson,” said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Travelers. “This is great news for the Travelers Championship. We appreciate that he has fit Travelers into his schedule, and I know that millions of Phil’s fans will be rooting for him while watching from home.”

The Travelers will kick off on June 25 and will conclude on June 28. It will be a TV-only event on the Golf Channel and CBS.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports on Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:15. Updated: Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:18.