The Travelers Championship is played each year in Cromwell, Connecticut. The tournament was founded in 1952 as the Insurance City Open and in 1967 it was renamed the Greater Hartford Open. In 2007 the Travelers Companies took over the tournament sponsorship.
TPC River Highlands hosts the Travelers Championship and it was originally founded in 1928 as Middletown Golf Club. In 1934 it became Edgewood Country Club and in the early 1980s it was bought by the PGA Tour.
The golf course was redesigned to TPC standards by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye. It reopened as the TPC of Connecticut in 1984. It underwent further remodelling in 1989, this time by Bobby Weed in consultation with Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie and renamed TPC River Highlands.
The course underwent even more modifications prior to the 2016 edition of the tournament. The bunkers were restyled throughout the course, incorporating new drainage and new sand for improved play-ability.
Also, the 17th green was rebuilt to increase the number of pin positions and small changes were made to the putting surfaces on holes 10, 13, 15 and 16. Some leveling work was completed on some of the tournament tee boxes. Bobby Weed was consulted for the renovation project.
The three hole stretch between holes 15 and 17 are known as the “Golden Triangle”. The 15th is a driveable Par 4, the 16th is a 170+ yard Par 3 over water and the 17th is a 420-yard Par 4 with water in play, all combining to make for great drama and spectator viewing.
The course is one of the shortest on the schedule and historically the fairways and greens are among the easiest to hit. The layout is a Par 70 that stretches to 6,841 yards from the championship tees.
To win at the Travelers Championship you need to finish in double digits under par so it is ‘go low or go home’. The average winning score since 2007 is just shy of -16. In 2016, Jim Furyk made PGA Tour history by shooting a final round 58.
Last year, Chez Reavie closed with a final round -1 (69) to win the Travelers Championship. He finished the week -12 (263), four strokes clear of Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher. Reavie shot a back nine 28 in his third round which featured seven birdies. It was his second win on Tour having won the RBC Canadian Open in 2008.
“It means everything, I went through some injuries, had some long years there in the middle. But it was great, because it gave good perseverance and good perspective of what life is and what golf is”Chez Reavie
Avoiding unforced errors is key at the Travelers Championship
Course form, Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green and Bogey Avoidance are a good start when trying to profile an identikit winner. Veterans tend to do well and first time winners are not uncommon.
Travelers Championship Betting Tips
Justin Thomas 12/1 (E/W) – a regular visitor to the Travelers Championship, however his results here are mediocre at best. Only highlight in the recent past at TPC River Highlands is a T3 in 2016. Followed a T10 at the Charles Schwab Challenge with a T8 at last week’s RBC Heritage. A +1(72) in the first round at Harbour Town stymied his chances, however he closed with a very positive -8(63). Sits ‘impressively‘ at the summit of this week’s Stats Analysis thanks to a majestic all-round game. When JT is in the groove you simply cannot ignore him.
Justin Rose 25/1 (E/W) – last visit to TPC River Highlands was in 2013 when he finished T13. Looks to have used the forced break from Covid well to fine tune his game. Finished T3 in the Charles Schwab Challenge and T14 in the RBC Heritage – 8 rounds with 7 in the 60’s. Around Harbour Town Links he was 12th in Driving Distance, 11th in SG:Off-The-Tee and 4th for SG:Tee-To-Green. The week previous at Colonial he was 6th in SG:Putting. If his flat-stick compliments his tee-to-green game then he will be one of the main protagonists. Good odds for ‘classy’ player.