Travelers Championship

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Travelers Championship
Travelers Championship log.gif
Tournament information
Location Cromwell, Connecticut, U.S.
Established 1952, 62 years ago
Course(s) TPC at River Highlands
Par 70
Length 6,844 yards (6,258 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6.2 million
Month played June
Tournament record score
Aggregate 258 Kenny Perry (2009)
To par −25 Tim Norris (1982)
Current champion
United States Kevin Streelman
TPC at   River Highlands is located in United States
TPC at   River Highlands
TPC at  
River Highlands
Location in the United States
TPC at River Highlands is located in Connecticut
TPC at River Highlands
TPC at River Highlands
Location in Connecticut

The Travelers Championship is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in Cromwell, Connecticut, a suburb south of Hartford. It is managed by the The Greater Hartford Community Foundation.

History[edit]

The tournament was founded in 1952 as the Insurance City Open; in 1967 it was renamed the Greater Hartford Open, a title that was retained through 2003. From 1973–88, the GHO also bore the name of entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., who would often play in the pro-ams. Canon was a title sponsor from 1985 to 2002, and their employees would often take vacation time during tournament week to volunteer at the event. Buick was title sponsor from 2004 to 2006 and The Travelers Companies took over sponsorship in 2007.

For the tournament's first three decades, it was played at Wethersfield Country Club, about five miles (8 km) north. In 1984, after the PGA Tour bought and redesigned Edgewood Country Club, the event moved to the new TPC of Connecticut in Cromwell. In 1991, the course was substantially redesigned with a completely new front nine holes and renamed the TPC at River Highlands. This TPC property was the third PGA Tour owned/managed championship golf course in what would grow to a network of over 30 TPC Clubs (2010).

The purse for the 2006 tournament, under Buick's sponsorship, was $4.4 million, with $792,000 going to the winner. From 2007 to 2010, the purse under Travelers' sponsorship was $6 million, with $1,080,000 going to the champion.

Over the last decade, longer hitters have done well at the tournament, with Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan, J. J. Henry, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson combining for six victories over a ten year span. Mahan also finished tied for second in 2006 and 2008.[1]

Its position on the calendar has varied; in 2005 it was played in late August but in 2006 it was played in late June. Part of the FedEx Cup, the Travelers Championship has been played in late June, the week after the U.S. Open, since 2007.

Attendance[edit]

It is the second-most-attended PGA Tour event annually, behind only the Waste Management Phoenix Open.[2] In 2011, the tournament attracted 240,000 fans for the week and 70,000 fans on Sunday. The tournament set a record attendance in 2002 with nearly 400,000 fans for the week. The tournament has been played annually in Cromwell since 1984, and since 1991 the tournament has been held on the course at the TPC at River Highlands.

Greater Hartford Jaycees[edit]

The Insurance City Open was founded by the Greater Hartford Jaycees as a means to raise funds to support their philanthropic causes. The Jaycees are international leadership development organization for men and women ages 21–40. In 1971, The Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, Inc. was established as a grant-giving entity by the Greater Hartford Jaycees, Inc. with the help of Bob Murphy, who donated part of his winnings as 1970 Greater Hartford Open champion.

Course[edit]

Main article: TPC River Highlands
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 434 341 431 481 223 574 443 202 406 3,535 462 158 411 523 421 296 171 420 444 3,306 6,841
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 35 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 35 70

Source:[3]

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Travelers Championship
2014 Kevin Streelman  United States 265 −15 1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Ken Duke  United States 268PO −12 1,098,000 6,100,000
2012 Marc Leishman  Australia 266 −14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 260 −20 1,080,000 6,000,000
2010 Bubba Watson  United States 266PO −14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2009 Kenny Perry  United States 258 −22 1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 Stewart Cink (2)  United States 262 −18 1,080,000 6,000,000
2007 Hunter Mahan  United States 265PO −15 1,080,000 6,000,000
Buick Championship
2006 J. J. Henry  United States 266 −14 792,000 4,400,000
2005 Brad Faxon  United States 266PO −14 774,000 4,300,000
2004 Woody Austin  United States 270PO −10 756,000 4,200,000
Greater Hartford Open
2003 Peter Jacobsen (2)  United States 266 −14 720,000 4,000,000
Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 266 −14 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Phil Mickelson  United States 264 −16 558,000 3,100,000
2000 Notah Begay III  United States 260 −20 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Brent Geiberger  United States 262 −18 450,000 2,500,000
1998 Olin Browne  United States 266PO −14 360,000 2,000,000
1997 Stewart Cink  United States 267 −13 270,000 1,500,000
1996 D. A. Weibring  United States 270 −10 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Greg Norman  Australia 267 −13 216,000 1,200,000
1994 David Frost  South Africa 268 −12 216,000 1,200,000
1993 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 271 −9 180,000 1,000,000
1992 Lanny Wadkins  United States 274 −6 180,000 1,000,000
1991 Billy Ray Brown  United States 271PO −9 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Wayne Levi  United States 267 −13 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Paul Azinger (2)  United States 267 −17 180,000 1,000,000
Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1988 Mark Brooks  United States 269PO −15 126,000 700,000
1987 Paul Azinger  United States 269 −15 126,000 700,000
1986 Mac O'Grady  United States 269PO −15 126,000 700,000
1985 Phil Blackmar  United States 271PO −13 108,000 600,000
Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1984 Peter Jacobsen  United States 269 −15 72,000 400,000
1983 Curtis Strange  United States 268 −16 54,000 300,000
1982 Tim Norris  United States 259 −25 54,000 300,000
1981 Hubert Green  United States 264 −20 54,000 300,000
1980 Howard Twitty  United States 266PO −18 54,000 300,000
1979 Jerry McGee  United States 267 −17 54,000 300,000
1978 Rod Funseth  United States 264 −20 42,000 210,000
1977 Billy Kratzert  United States 265 −19 42,000 210,000
1976 Rik Massengale  United States 266 −18 42,000 210,000
1975 Don Bies  United States 267PO −17 40,000 200,000
1974 Dave Stockton  United States 268 −12 40,000 200,000
1973 Billy Casper (4)  United States 264 −20 40,000 200,000
Greater Hartford Open Invitational
1972 Lee Trevino  United States 269PO −15 25,000 125,000
1971 George Archer  United States 268PO −16 22,000 110,000
1970 Bob Murphy  United States 267 −17 20,000 100,000
1969 Bob Lunn  United States 268PO −16 20,000 100,000
1968 Billy Casper (3)  United States 266 −18 20,000 100,000
1967 Charlie Sifford  United States 272 −12 20,000 100,000
Insurance City Open Invitational
1966 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 266 −18 20,000 100,000
1965 Billy Casper (2)  United States 274PO −10 11,000 70,000
1964 Ken Venturi  United States 273 −11 7,500 50,000
1963 Billy Casper  United States 271 −13 6,400 40,000
1962 Bob Goalby  United States 271PO −13 5,300 35,000
1961 Billy Maxwell  United States 271PO −13 4,300 30,000
1960 Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 270PO −14 3,500 30,000
1959 Gene Littler  United States 272 −12 3,500 25,000
1958 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 268 −16 3,500 25,000
1957 Gardner Dickinson  United States 272 −12 2,800 22,000 [4]
Insurance City Open
1956 Arnold Palmer  United States 274PO −10 4,000 20,000 [5][6]
1955 Sam Snead  United States 269 −15 4,000 20,000 [7]
1954 Tommy Bolt  United States 271PO −13 2,500 15,000 [8]
1953 Bob Toski  United States 269 −15 2,400 15,000 [9]
1952 Ted Kroll  United States 273 −11 2,400 15,000 [10]

PO Indicates a win in a playoff
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[1][11][12]

Multiple winners[edit]

Six men have won the Travelers Championship more than once through 2013.

Highlights[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Travelers Championship – Past Winners". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Inside the course: TPC River Highlands
  3. ^ "Course map". Travelers Championship. May 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dickinson Takes Insurance Golf". The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California). United Press. September 3, 1957. p. 17. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Littler Listed Insurance City Golf Favorite". The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah). United Press. June 28, 1956. p. 2D. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Weather Rated Big Factor In Insurance Open". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). Associated Press. June 28, 1956. p. 11. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sammy Snead Takes Berth". Prescott Evening Courier (Prescott, Arizona). Associated Press. September 6, 1955. p. 5. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bolt and Stewart Play Off For Wethersfield Golf Cash". The Day (New London, Connecticut). Associated Press. June 28, 1954. p. 19. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Toski Nabs $15,000 Insurance City Go". Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida). Associated Press. August 31, 1953. p. 7. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Ted Kroll Wins First Tiournament". Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Canada). Associated Press. September 2, 1952. p. 18. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ Travelers Championship – Winners – at golfobserver.com (since 1970)
  12. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 
  13. ^ Ted Kroll Cops Storm-Hindered Insurance Open
  14. ^ Palmer Uses Foe's Putter for Playoff Win
  15. ^ 18-inch putt costs Wall $1,900
  16. ^ Charles Sifford Wins Hartford Tourney
  17. ^ Casper Grabs Hartford Win
  18. ^ Trevino Tops Elder To Cop Hartford Open
  19. ^ Billy Casper Leaves Mob to Capture Hartford Crown
  20. ^ Stockton Claims Hartford Win
  21. ^ Kratzert outduels Strange, wins Greater Hartford Open
  22. ^ Norris wins in Hartford by 6 strokes
  23. ^ Controversial Mac 'Grady wins Hartford Open
  24. ^ Azinger of a chip keys Hartford win
  25. ^ Lanny Wadkins wins his 21st title at the Hartford Open
  26. ^ Long Putt Gives Begay Back-to-Back Victories
  27. ^ Golf; Mickelson Earns Repeat Title at Greater Hartford Open
  28. ^ Hartford triumph for Jacobsen
  29. ^ Tournament History
  30. ^ "Patrick Cantlay's 60 is amateur record on PGA Tour". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. June 25, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Streelman sets birdie record in win". ESPN. Associated Press. June 22, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 41°37′55″N 72°38′20″W / 41.632°N 72.639°W / 41.632; -72.639