Jacobson Set to Defend Title at Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship, New England’s only PGA Tour stop this year, will be contested June 18 through 24 at the Tournament Players’ Cub in Cromwell.
The event, despite dealing with some difficulties landing title sponsors, is healthy and thriving, thanks to the support of Travelers, other supporting sponsors, thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of golf fans who make the tournament one of the most attended stops on the Tour.
This year’s field looks like a great one, with defending champ Frederick Jacobson, an accomplished international player who finally broke through with his first win on the PGA Tour last year, 2010 champion and ever-popular Masters champ, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, another past winner, Anthony Kim, Vijay Singh, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter, New England favorite and defending PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, Japan’s hot young star, Ryo Ishikawa, and top amateur Patrick Cantley, who wowed the Traveler’s fans last year with a sizzling 60 in the second round of the tournament.
Jacobson was gracious guest when he appeared at the annual Media Day in May, praising tournament officials and the way the event is run so flawlessly.
“We come in and everything is teed up for us. We come in, slaughter the place for a week, take divots and just get out on Sunday. We’ve got the best conditions wherever we play. I just want to thank all of you for everything you do. I’m really impressed with the work you do (Nathan Grube, tournament director) and for what Travelers is doing for the area, for the PGA and for all of us.”
He added, “It’s humbling when you look at the names on the trophy. When I first started peaking at it I don’t think I quite realized how long the tournament had been around and the history of it. I quickly found out it was Arnold Palmer’s first win. It’s amazing all the big name players who have won this tournament. It’s special to be a part of that group.”
This is the 18th year that the tournament has been played at the Tournament Players Club at River Highlands in Cromwell after a long tenure at Wethersfield Country Club.
Travelers is one of the leading suppliers of property casualty insurance for home, auto and business, and has been a sponsor of the event in one form or another each year since its inception as the Insurance City Open in 1952, becoming title sponsor in 2007.
The tournament moved to Cromwell in 1984 and such luminaries as Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, Nick Price, Lanny Wadkins and Kenny Perry, along with local favorites Brad Faxon of Rhode Island and Connecticut’s own J.J. Henry, have all won at the TPC at River Highlands.
Beyond the tournament, there are a number of events scheduled around the Travelers, such as nighttime concerts on the weekend, pro-ams, and the popular Fan Zone, located in the former practice range of the club.
For further information, or for tickets, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.
|The Skinny: Jacobson, a Swede and a noted player on the European Tour, won for the first time on the PGA Tour at Cromwell last year. He shot a final round 66 to beat Ryan Moore and John Rollins by a shot. Jacobson made only one bogey all week….The Travelers Championship donates 100 percent of net proceeds to charity every year. Since 1952, the tournament has generated more than $29 million for charity and in 2010, the Travelers Championship generated $1 million for more than 130 charities throughout the region…The popular Fan Zone, located in the center of the course on the grounds of the former practice range, will be back this year. The Fan Zone includes concessions, merchandise tents, a Kids Zone, expo displays, and an event concert series Friday and Saturday nights…The short par-four 15th hole at the TPC River Highlands was ranked as the eighth best spot to watch golf in a poll of editors, writers and photographers for Golf Digest and Golf World magazines…TPC River Highlands, a par-70, 6,841-yard course is a well-balanced golf test with a mixture of long and short holes. The most notable stretch is holes 15 through 17, which play around a four-acre lake. When you include the home hole, the four-hole collection is, according to former champ Stewart Cink, “four of the most exciting finishing holes in a group anywhere in the world.” A celebrity pro-am will be played the Wednesday of tournament week.|