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The 2018 Travelers Championship returns to the TPC River Highlands June 21-24 in the Hartford suburb of Cromwell, Connecticut. The tournament occurs after a tumultuous U.S. Open and many of the high profile players who disappointed last week will look to rebound as the PGA Tour stays in the Northeast. A strong field featuring 50 of the players from the U.S. Open and 13 of the Top 30 players promised plenty of action on TPC River Highlands’ notoriously tricky course.
The Travelers Championship was founded in 1952 and initially played at the Wethersfield Country Club before moving to the Pete Dye designed TPC of Connecticut in 1984. The facility and much of the course were completely redesigned in 1991 and renamed the TPC River Highlands, remaining the host despite the changes. The course is best known for holes 15-17 that play around a large lake, widely considered one of the PGA Tour’s most challenging finishing runs. The course favors players who can hit exceptionally far, with Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan among the recent winners. Other past winners include legends of the game Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Curtis Strange. The tournament was also the site of Jim Furyk’s final round 58 in 2016, the first time a player carded a 58 in PGA Tour history.
2017 Champion Jordan Spieth
The 2017 Travelers Championship was settled in a dramatic fashion. Jordan Spieth, playing in his first Travelers Championship, looked to have victory locked up in the final round with a multiple shot lead. Instead, Daniel Berger rallied to hit 3 birdies on the final 6 holes to make up the deficit and force Spieth into a playoff. Teeing up again on the 18th, Spieth saw his ball come to rest right in a sand bunker. With birdie ooking like a lost cause, Spieth proceded to hole the resulting bunker shot from 60 yards out for a birdie. Berger came close with a 50 foot putt for birdie, but the ball rolled agonizingly wide handing the young American his 10th PGA Tour victory. Spieth will look to defend his title after a disappointing U.S. Open saw him miss the cut last week. Pride and FedEx Cup points will be on the line when he tees off in Connecticut.
A strong field will play TPC River Highlands this week, and any of a number of players could be expected to take the crown. In addition to Spieth, Masters winner Patrick Reed and last year’s FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas will be in contention. Bubba Watson, a two time Travelers Championship winner, will also be competing along with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. Expect a tight affair and some of the golfers who struggled at the U.S. Open, like Spieth and Day, to recover with a strong showing.
Fans looking to attend the tournament have many options for tickets. Daily Grounds admission ranges from $17-$49 depending on the day, and gives patrons access to all of the course. Youth 15 and under can also get in for free with a ticketed adult under this option. Hospitality packages are also available, including the Mohegan Sun Sponsor Club. This is a climate controlled tent with a cash bar and upgraded concessions that is located right on the 18th fairway. Tickets for the Mohegan Sun Sponsor Club range from $62-$99. Another option is the Aer Lingus Champions Club located on the 18th green. This all-inclusive venue has a full open bar and food available throughout the day. Tickets for the Aer Lingus Champions Club ranges from $175-$280.
For the fans who can’t see the action in person, television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and CBS. Golf Channel handles the first two rounds Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30pm ET and provides extended coverage Saturday-Sunday 1-2:45pm ET. The final two rounds will be covered in primetime by CBS Saturday-Sunday 3-6pm ET. Radio coverage is also available Thursday-Friday 12-6:30pm ET and Saturday-Sunday 1-6pm ET on PGA Tour Radio, available on SiriusXM and online at PGATour.com.