Travelers Championship

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Travelers Championship
Travelers Championship log.gif
Tournament information
Location Cromwell, Connecticut, U.S.
Established 1952, 64 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 $6.6 million
Month played June (August in 2016)
Tournament record score
Aggregate 258 Kenny Perry (2009)
To par −25 Tim Norris (1982)
Current champion
United States Bubba Watson
TPC at   River Highlands is located in USA
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 Greater Hartford Community Foundation.

It was announced that the tournament will be played the first week of August for the 2016 season due to the Summer Olympics.[1]

History[edit]

The tournament was founded 64 years ago in 1952 as the Insurance City Open;[2] It was renamed the Greater Hartford Open in 1967, a title that was retained through 2003. From 1973 through 1988, 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.[3]

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.[4] 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:[5]

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Travelers Championship
2015 Bubba Watson (2)  United States 264 −16 Playoff England Paul Casey 1,152,000 6,400,000
2014 Kevin Streelman  United States 265 −15 1 stroke South Korea K. J. Choi
Spain Sergio García
1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Ken Duke  United States 268 −12 Playoff United States Chris Stroud 1,098,000 6,100,000
2012 Marc Leishman  Australia 266 −14 1 stroke United States Charley Hoffman
United States Bubba Watson
1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 260 −20 1 stroke United States Ryan Moore
United States John Rollins
1,080,000 6,000,000
2010 Bubba Watson  United States 266 −14 Playoff United States Corey Pavin
United States Scott Verplank
1,080,000 6,000,000
2009 Kenny Perry  United States 258 −22 3 strokes United States Paul Goydos
United States David Toms
1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 Stewart Cink (2)  United States 262 −18 1 stroke United States Tommy Armour III
United States Hunter Mahan
1,080,000 6,000,000
2007 Hunter Mahan  United States 265 −15 Playoff United States Jay Williamson 1,080,000 6,000,000
Buick Championship
2006 J. J. Henry  United States 266 −14 3 strokes United States Hunter Mahan
United States Ryan Moore
792,000 4,400,000
2005 Brad Faxon  United States 266 −14 Playoff South Africa Tjaart van der Walt 774,000 4,300,000
2004 Woody Austin  United States 270 −10 Playoff United States Tim Herron 756,000 4,200,000
Greater Hartford Open
2003 Peter Jacobsen (2)  United States 266 −14 2 strokes United States Chris Riley 720,000 4,000,000
Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 266 −14 1 stroke United States Jonathan Kaye
United States Davis Love III
720,000 4,000,000
2001 Phil Mickelson  United States 264 −16 1 stroke United States Billy Andrade 558,000 3,100,000
2000 Notah Begay III  United States 260 −20 1 stroke United States Mark Calcavecchia 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Brent Geiberger  United States 262 −18 3 strokes United States Skip Kendall 450,000 2,500,000
1998 Olin Browne  United States 266 −14 Playoff United States Stewart Cink
United States Larry Mize
360,000 2,000,000
1997 Stewart Cink  United States 267 −13 1 stroke United States Tom Byrum
United States Brandel Chamblee
United States Jeff Maggert
270,000 1,500,000
1996 D. A. Weibring  United States 270 −10 4 strokes United States Tom Kite 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Greg Norman  Australia 267 −13 2 strokes United States Dave Stockton, Jr.
United States Kirk Triplett
New Zealand Grant Waite
216,000 1,200,000
1994 David Frost  South Africa 268 −12 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman 216,000 1,200,000
1993 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 271 −9 1 stroke United States Dan Forsman
United States Roger Maltbie
180,000 1,000,000
1992 Lanny Wadkins  United States 274 −6 2 strokes United States Dan Forsman
United States Donnie Hammond
Zimbabwe Nick Price
180,000 1,000,000
1991 Billy Ray Brown  United States 271 −9 Playoff United States Rick Fehr
United States Corey Pavin
180,000 1,000,000
1990 Wayne Levi  United States 267 −13 2 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Brad Fabel
United States Rocco Mediate
United States Chris Perry
180,000 1,000,000
1989 Paul Azinger (2)  United States 267 −17 1 stroke United States Wayne Levi 180,000 1,000,000
Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1988 Mark Brooks  United States 269 −15 Playoff Canada Dave Barr
United States Joey Sindelar
126,000 700,000
1987 Paul Azinger  United States 269 −15 1 stroke United States Dan Forsman
United States Wayne Levi
126,000 700,000
1986 Mac O'Grady  United States 269 −15 Playoff United States Roger Maltbie 126,000 700,000
1985 Phil Blackmar  United States 271 −13 Playoff United States Jodie Mudd
United States Dan Pohl
108,000 600,000
Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1984 Peter Jacobsen  United States 269 −15 2 strokes United States Mark O'Meara 72,000 400,000
1983 Curtis Strange  United States 268 −16 1 stroke United States Jay Haas
United States Jack Renner
54,000 300,000
1982 Tim Norris  United States 259 −25 6 strokes United States Raymond Floyd
United States Hubert Green
54,000 300,000
1981 Hubert Green  United States 264 −20 1 stroke United States Bobby Clampett
United States Fred Couples
United States Roger Maltbie
54,000 300,000
1980 Howard Twitty  United States 266 −18 Playoff United States Jim Simons 54,000 300,000
1979 Jerry McGee  United States 267 −17 1 stroke United States Jack Renner 54,000 300,000
1978 Rod Funseth  United States 264 −20 4 strokes United States Dale Douglass
United States Lee Elder
United States Billy Kratzert
42,000 210,000
1977 Billy Kratzert  United States 265 −19 3 strokes United States Grier Jones
United States Larry Nelson
42,000 210,000
1976 Rik Massengale  United States 266 −18 2 strokes United States Al Geiberger
United States J. C. Snead
42,000 210,000
1975 Don Bies  United States 267 −17 Playoff United States Hubert Green 40,000 200,000
1974 Dave Stockton  United States 268 −16 4 strokes United States Raymond Floyd 40,000 200,000
1973 Billy Casper (4)  United States 264 −20 1 stroke Australia Bruce Devlin 40,000 200,000
Greater Hartford Open Invitational
1972 Lee Trevino  United States 269 −15 Playoff United States Lee Elder 25,000 125,000
1971 George Archer  United States 268 −16 Playoff United States Lou Graham
United States J. C. Snead
22,000 110,000
1970 Bob Murphy  United States 267 −17 4 strokes United States Paul Harney 20,000 100,000
1969 Bob Lunn  United States 268 −16 Playoff United States Dave Hill 20,000 100,000
1968 Billy Casper (3)  United States 266 −18 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton 20,000 100,000
1967 Charlie Sifford  United States 272 −12 1 stroke United States Steve Oppermann 20,000 100,000
Insurance City Open Invitational
1966 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 266 −18 2 strokes United States Wes Ellis 20,000 100,000
1965 Billy Casper (2)  United States 274 −10 Playoff United States Johnny Pott 11,000 70,000
1964 Ken Venturi  United States 273 −11 1 stroke United States Al Besselink
United States Paul Bondeson
United States Sam Carmichael
United States Jim Grant
7,500 50,000
1963 Billy Casper  United States 271 −13 1 stroke United States George Bayer 6,400 40,000
1962 Bob Goalby  United States 271 −13 Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr. 5,300 35,000
1961 Billy Maxwell  United States 271 −13 Playoff United States Ted Kroll 4,300 30,000
1960 Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 270 −14 Playoff United States Bill Collins
United States Jack Fleck
3,500 30,000
1959 Gene Littler  United States 272 −12 1 stroke United States Tom Nieporte 3,500 25,000
1958 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 268 −16 3 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald
United States Art Wall, Jr.
3,500 25,000
1957 Gardner Dickinson  United States 272 −12 2 strokes United States George Bayer 2,800 22,000 [6]
Insurance City Open
1956 Arnold Palmer  United States 274 −10 Playoff United States Ted Kroll 4,000 20,000 [7][8][9]
1955 Sam Snead  United States 269 −15 7 strokes United States Fred Hawkins
United States Mike Souchak
4,000 20,000 [10]
1954 Tommy Bolt  United States 271 −13 Playoff United States Earl Stewart 2,500 15,000 [11]
1953 Bob Toski  United States 269 −15 1 stroke Australia Jim Ferrier 2,400 15,000 [12]
1952 Ted Kroll  United States 273 −11 4 strokes United States Lawson Little
United States Skee Riegel
United States Earl Stewart
2,400 15,000 [2]

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[3][13][14]

Multiple winners[edit]

Seven men have won the Travelers Championship more than once through 2015.

Highlights[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wacker, Brian (July 23, 2015). "Travelers Championship announces new date". PGA Tour. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ted Kroll wins first tournament". Ottawa Citizen. Associated Press. September 2, 1952. p. 18. 
  3. ^ a b "Travelers Championship – Past Winners". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Inside the course: TPC River Highlands
  5. ^ "Course map" (PDF). Travelers Championship. May 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dickinson Takes Insurance Golf". The Modesto Bee (California). United Press. September 3, 1957. p. 17. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Littler Listed Insurance City Golf Favorite". The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah). United Press. June 28, 1956. p. 2D. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Weather Rated Big Factor In Insurance Open". The Tuscaloosa News (Alabama). Associated Press. June 28, 1956. p. 11. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Palmer takes Insurance Open after playoff with Ted Kroll". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 2, 1956. p. 16. 
  10. ^ "Sammy Snead Takes Berth". Prescott Evening Courier (Arizona). Associated Press. September 6, 1955. p. 5. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "Toski Nabs $15,000 Insurance City Go". Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Florida). Associated Press. August 31, 1953. p. 7. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ Travelers Championship – Winners – at golfobserver.com (since 1970)
  14. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 
  15. ^ Ted Kroll Cops Storm-Hindered Insurance Open
  16. ^ Palmer Uses Foe's Putter for Playoff Win
  17. ^ 18-inch putt costs Wall $1,900
  18. ^ Charles Sifford Wins Hartford Tourney
  19. ^ Casper Grabs Hartford Win
  20. ^ Trevino Tops Elder To Cop Hartford Open
  21. ^ Billy Casper Leaves Mob to Capture Hartford Crown
  22. ^ Stockton Claims Hartford Win
  23. ^ Kratzert outduels Strange, wins Greater Hartford Open
  24. ^ Norris wins in Hartford by 6 strokes
  25. ^ Controversial Mac 'Grady wins Hartford Open
  26. ^ Azinger of a chip keys Hartford win
  27. ^ Lanny Wadkins wins his 21st title at the Hartford Open
  28. ^ Long Putt Gives Begay Back-to-Back Victories
  29. ^ Golf; Mickelson Earns Repeat Title at Greater Hartford Open
  30. ^ Hartford triumph for Jacobsen
  31. ^ Tournament History
  32. ^ "Patrick Cantlay's 60 is amateur record on PGA Tour". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. June 25, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  33. ^ "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