Fan-favorite Bubba Watson commits to play in Travelers Championship

Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 20:50


HARTFORD - Bubba Watson always enjoys coming to TPC River Highlands. After all, it’s the site where he won his first PGA Tour event.

This summer, Watson will be making his 15th appearance at Cromwell’s golf course the Travelers Championship announced on Tuesday. The 42-year-old has won the event three times: 2010, 2015 and 2018. Only Billy Casper, with four victories, has more wins in the tournament’s history.

“Bubba is a fan favorite, especially here in Connecticut,” Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube said in a statement. “Winning here for the first time has meant a lot to him and his family, and we appreciate his loyal support over the years. We’re looking forward to seeing him again in June.”

The addition of Watson means another big name is set to join the playing field. Others such as defending champion Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have committed to play in the 2021 Travelers Championship. All three are major winners as well.

Watson, meanwhile, has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including the 2012 and 2014 Masters. He has also competed on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams, two U.S. Presidents Cup teams, and participated in the 2016 Olympics.

Off the golf course, Watson has also made a big impact in Connecticut. He donated $100,000 to the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research Benefit Dinner in 2016, pledged $200,000 to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in 2018 and most recently gave $25,000 to help rebuild Camp after a devastating fire.

“Bubba is one of the best advocates for the Travelers Championship,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers in a statement. “Bubba has not only embraced our event, but he has embraced our community by supporting tournament charities with incredibly generous personal donations. The Watson family has become part of our extended family, and we’re happy to have them back this summer.”

The Travelers Championship will be held June 21-27 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwel. For tournament updates, please visit

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 20:50. Updated: Tuesday, 23 March 2021 20:53.