Pebble Beach might be over, but there’s more PGA action coming up this weekend! If you’re a golf fan on the east coast, you can head to Connecticut to check out the PGA Tour as it makes its annual stop at the Tournament Players Club River Highlands in Cromwell. If you’ll be in the area from June 20th-23rd, you can get tickets to see all your favorite players at the Travelers Championship.
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A Little History Behind The Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship has gone by different names in the past – including the Buick Championship and Greater Hartford Open – but for more than 60 years, it’s been a PGA staple. Since 1984, the Travelers Championship has been held at TPC River Highlands. The purse at this year’s championship sits $7.2 million, the largest it’s ever been. (The winner’s share is $1,296,000 of that.) The tournament will take place from June 17th -23rd if you’re counting practice rounds, and there will be a long list of 156 golfers participating.
Located between Hartford and New Haven, the Travelers Championship is the only PGA event in the state of Connecticut. It’s going to feel very New England and thankfully, summer weather has arrived so it won’t feel like the chilly affair that was the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black back in March.
TPC River Highlands is a par 70 course of 6,841 yards that contains both long and short holes as well as a four-acre lake. The last four holes are known for being particularly exciting. Jim Furyk shot the course record – a 58 – during the final round of the Travelers Championship in 2016.
Who are the favorites to win it?
Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship last year (and twice before that), but as you can see, this year’s top three favorites are Paul Casey, Patrick Cantley, and Brooks Koepka. Watson is still in the mix at number four, as well as crowd favorite Jordan Spieth at number five.
Casey blew a four-shot lead here on Sunday last year, so he’s probably looking to make up for that loss. Cantley shot a 60 at TPC River Highlands eight years ago (back when he was 19 years old) so we know he’s got it in him. And Spieth hasn’t won a tournament since 2017, but there’s always a chance.
Despite being called emotionless by many fans, Koepka performs well on this course and he could win it all. He has won back-to-back majors already this year and just missed adding a third major to that list at Pebble Beach last week. There’s a reason he’s ranked number one in the world right now.
Here are your Travelers Championship odds, according to CBS Sports on June 17th:
Along with plenty of pro golf watching, there will be other perks that come with your ticket to the Travelers Championship. Last year, there was a golf swing analysis tent where you could strap up and let the technology improve your swing. For kids under 15, there will be an autograph tent sponsored by Yamaha after the players have finished for the day. There’s also the Black & Decker Fan Zone with lots of PGA extras as well as concessions. Check out the full list of complimentary fan lounges and venues here. And don’t forget to grab some merch at the Fan Shop!
It’s not all about the golf either! There will be a Spin Doctors concert going on after play is finished on Friday, from around 7PM. On Saturday, you can also check out country music sensation LOCASH performing live after the round wraps up for the day.
If you’ve got tickets for Sunday, you can of course stick around for the Closing Ceremony on the 18th green, which typically happens around 6PM if you want to see the winner raise the Travelers Championship Trophy.
As for the logistics, there’s plenty of parking available if you’re driving and it costs $12 to $15 per day. You’ll only have to walk a few minutes to reach the gate (more like ten minutes if you arrive late). There’s also the option to purchase VIP tickets, which come with VIP parking perks. If you’ll be sticking around the area for the weekend, TPC has even put together a helpful list of restaurants in neighboring towns as well as hotel options.
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