Travelers Championship Tips & Preview

Travelers Championship tips
Travelers Championship tips

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.

The tournament was founded 70 years ago in 1952 as the Insurance City Open. It was renamed the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and in 2004 in became known as the Buick Open. In 2007 it became the Travelers Championship.

Since 1984 the tournament has been held at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. It is the second-most attended PGA Tour event annually, behind the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Course Overview

TPC River Highlands 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 Travelers Championship. 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.

PGA professional tips on playing No. 18 at TPC River Highlands

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 over -16.

In 2016, Jim Furyk made PGA Tour history by shooting a final round 58.

Jim Furyk on his record-breaking round of 58

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.

Avoiding unforced errors is key at the Travelers Championship

2021 Travelers Championship | Harris English

Harris English
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 3.681 9
SGAPR 1.486 32
SGARG 2.863 8
SGP 3.959 18
SGT2G 8.029 3

2020 Travelers Championship | Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson landed his 21st PGA Tour victory in winning the 2020 Travelers Championship. He closed with a final round -3 (67) for a -19 (261) total. It was good enough for one stroke victory over Kevin Streelman. DJ’s victory included a superb bogey free -9 (61) in the third round.

Dustin Johnson
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT -0.043 83
SGAPR 6.012 7
SGARG 1.336 38
SGP 5.992 6
SGT2G 7.305 7

Despite having a negative Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee, Johnson still finished comfortably inside the Top 10 for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green thanks to some superb iron play on approach. He finished 7th in Strokes Gained Approach which translated to a gain of just over 6 strokes or 45% of his overall gain. His putter delivered a similar return for the week. Other stats include T87 for Driving Accuracy, T57 for Driving Distance, T23 for GIR and 5th for Putts per GIR.

2019 Travelers Championship | Chez Reavie

The 2019 champion, 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.

Chez Reavie
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 2.893 10
SGAPR 6.738 1
SGARG 1.827 24
SGP 4.922 10
SGT2G 11.458 1

Chez Reavie topped the pile for the week in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. In particular, his approach play was sublime. He gained 6.738 strokes on the field in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green, putting him at the head of the field for this stat. He also finished 10th in Strokes Gained Putting which delivered almost 5 strokes on the field average. Other stats for the week include T3 for Driving Accuracy, 55th for Driving Distance, T7 for GIR and 10th in Putts per GIR.

“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

2018 Travelers Championship | Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 4.067 4
SGAPR 3.588 18
SGARG 3.86 10
SGP 3.228 22
SGT2G 11.516 2

Bubba finished the week 2nd in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This equated to a gain of 11.516 strokes on the field or 78.12% of his overall gain. All elements of his tee-to-green game were on point form off-the-tee to approach to around-the-green. Other stats for the week include T70 for Driving Accuracy, 7th for Driving Distance, T7 for GIR and 22nd in Strokes Gained Putting.

2017 Travelers Championship | Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT -1.032 56th
SGAPR 4.966 7th
SGARG 6.042 2nd
SGP 2.302 30th
SGT2G 9.978 1st

Despite Spieth having a negative Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee he still managed to top the field in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This was thanks to a stellar game on approach and around the green. Tee-to-green he gained almost 10 strokes on the field average for the week which accounted for 81% of his overall gain. Other stats for the week include T41 for Driving Accuracy, T52 for Driving Distance, T42 for GIR and 30th in Strokes Gained Putting.

Travelers Championship Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past five champions of the Travelers Championship.

Last 5 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes Gained Average Finishing
Position SG Category
SGOTT 1.913 32
SGAPR 4.558 13
SGARG 3.186 16
SGP 4.081 17
SGT2G 9.657 3

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s Travelers Championship.

Travelers Championship Tips

Please check back on Tuesday 21st June for the PGAgolfbets’ Travelers Championship tips & predictions from TPC San Antonio, in Texas.

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Author: Timmothy Castro