In this guide, We will explain all about the Travelers Championship and what is its history, highlights benefits & list of Travelers Championship prize money:
What is the Travelers Championship?
In Cromwell, Connecticut, a suburb south of Hartford, there is a PGA Tour professional golf competition called The Travelers Championship. The competition has be en staged at TPC River Highlands since 1984. The Greater Hartford Community Foundation oversees its management. The Players Choice Award, which is determined by PGA Tour members based on the Travelers Championship’s services, hospitality, attendance, and course quality, was given to the tournament for the second year in a row in 2018.
Due to the Summer Olympics, the 2016 event was held in August; however, the 2017 tournament was held in June.
Travelers Championship’s History
The competition was first held in 1952 under the name Insurance City Open; it was renamed the Greater Hartford Open in 1967, and that name was used until 2003. From 1973 to 1988, the GHO also went by the name of Sammy Davis Jr., a famous performer who frequently participated in pro-am tournaments. From 1985 through 2002, Canon served as the tournament’s title sponsor, and during tournament week, many of their workers volunteered at the event. From 2004 through 2006, Buick served as the title sponsor, and in 2007, The Travelers Companies assumed that role.
The first thirty years of the tournament were spent at Wethersfield Country Club, five miles (8 km) to the north. The tournament was relocated to the brand-new TPC of Connecticut in Cromwell in 1984 after the PGA Tour acquired and renovated Edgewood Country Club. The course had a significant remodelling in 1991, receiving a brand-new front nine holes, and was given the new name, TPC at River Highlands. In what would eventually become a network of more than 30 TPC Clubs, this TPC property was the third championship golf course owned and maintained by the PGA Tour (2010).
Under Buick’s sponsorship, the prize pool for the 2006 competition was $4.4 million, with $792,000 going to the victor. The prize pool under Travelers’ sponsorship was $6 million from 2007 through 2010, with $1,080,000 going to the winner.
Longer hitters have performed well at the tournament over the past 10 years, with Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan, J. J. Henry, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson combining for six titles. In 2006 and 2008, Mahan also tied for second place.
It has been performed at various times during the calendar year; in 2005, it was in late August, while in 2006, it was in late June. Since 2007, the Travelers Championship, a FedEx Cup event, has been played in late June, the week following the U.S. Open.
The top two non-exempt finishers in the top 8 will receive up to two spots in the Open Championship as part of the Open Qualifying Series for the 2020 campaign.
Travelers Championship Highlights
- Ted Kroll triumphs in the opening competition in 1952. He defeats Earl Stewart, Lawson Little, and Skee Riegel by a margin of four shots.
- The first golfer in PGA Tour history to record two holes-in-one in the same round was amateur Bill Whedon in 1955.
- 1956: Arnold Palmer defeats Ted Kroll in a playoff to win the Insurance City Open, giving him his first PGA Tour triumph on American soil. “Ted is a lovely guy—he even handed me the putter that beat him,” Palmer remarked afterward.
- 1962: Art Wall Jr. misses an 18-inch putt for par on the 72nd hole, and Bob Goalby prevails over him on the seventh hole of a sudden-death playoff.
- Charlie Sifford, an African American golfer, wins his first PGA Tour match in 1967. By one shot, he defeats Steve Oppermann.
- Billy Casper wins the competition three times for the first time in 1968. He wins by three shots over Bruce Crampton.
- In a sudden-death playoff, Lee Elder is defeated by Lee Trevino in 1972. Elder would have qualified for The Masters if he had won.
- 1973: Billy Casper wins at Hartford for the fourth time after shooting a final-round 64. By one shot, he defeats Bruce Devlin.
- Dave Stockton defeats Raymond Floyd by a margin of four strokes in 1974. Following the competition, then-President Gerald Ford calls Stockton to offer his congratulations. Additionally, Stockton makes plans to give his whole prize cheque of $40,000 to charity.
- Billy Kratzert defeats Larry Nelson and Grier Jones by three shots in 1977. Kratzert had given up golf two years prior and started working as a forklift operator.
- 1989: Paul Azinger beat Wayne Levi by one stroke with a chip-in on the 72nd hole.
- Lanny Wadkins, who hadn’t competed in Hartford since 1978, shoots a final-round 65 to defeat Dan Forsman, Nick Price, and Donnie Hammond by two strokes in 1992.
- 2000: Notah Begay III beat Mark Calcavecchia by one stroke to win for the second consecutive week after making a birdie on the 72nd hole.
- Phil Mickelson is the first champion to successfully defend his championship in 2002. By one shot, he defeats Davis Love III and Jonathan Kaye.
- 2003: Peter Jacobsen defeats Chris Riley to win once more in Hartford, 19 years after his initial victory.
- The $720,000 prize money that Jacobsen received was 10 times what he made in 1984.The tournament also made history when Suzy Whaley played in a PGA Tour event for the first time in 58 years, however her participation was contentious because she had qualified for it by using shorter tees in the Connecticut PGA Championship.
- The lowest round ever shot on the PGA Tour by an amateur was 10-under 60, recorded in 2011 by UCLA amateur golfer Patrick Cantlay.
- 2014: Kevin Streelman sets a PGA Tour record for an event winner by birdying the final seven holes of the final round.
- 2016: Jim Furyk became the first golfer to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour competition when he finished the tournament with a 12-under-par 58.
- 2017: Jordan Spieth defeats Daniel Berger in a playoff by sinking his bunker shot.
2022 Travelers Championship prize money
Folks, playing good on the PGA Tour pays off. Just ask Xander Schauffele, this week’s victor.
The 28-year-old defeated Sahith Theegala and J.T. Poston by two strokes to win the 2022 Travelers Championship, giving him his sixth PGA Tour victory and second of the year. Schauffele won by himself for the first time since the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions after shooting a final-round 2-under 69 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The prize money for Schauffele’s work is $1.49 million, while the runners-up each receive $738,700. See how much money each PGA Tour athlete made this past week at the Travelers Championship in 2022.
Here’s the List of Travelers Championship Money Prize
|4||Michael Thorbjornsen (a)||-15||$0|
|T35||Charles Howell III||-7||$43,243|
|T43||Harold Varner III||-5||$31,125|