The preview: Travelers Championship – Golf Australia Magazine

TITLE CHAMPION: Former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot 19 under 261 last year to defeat Kevin Streelman in one fell swoop.

CLASSES: TPC River Highlands was designed by world renowned course architect Pete Dye in 1984 as TPC of Connecticut and has hosted the Travelers’ Championship ever since.

Originally known as Middletown Golf Club and later Edgewood Country Club, the par-70 got its current nickname after Bobby Weed renovated the course with the help of Tour players Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie in 1989 He is perhaps best known for hosting Jim’s historic Furyk round of 12 under par 58 in 2016.

The 6,255-meter route features tee-to-green bentgrass and rough fescue, as well as spectacular closing holes around a large lake.

PRICE: $ 7,400,000.

PLAYERS TO WATCH …

After enjoying a hugely memorable comeback at Torrey Pines last week – for all the wrong reasons – Bryson De Chambeau will be eager to turn things around this week at TPC River Highlands, where he has never missed the cup and posted three consecutive top 10s.

The hard-hitting American is an impressive 67.70 points on the Connecticut track and has only managed to break 70 once in his last 12 laps here.

DeChambeau, currently sixth in the world rankings, leads the Tour for driving distance and strokes won at the start. It will be interesting to see how he tackles TPC River Highlands, where he nearly drove the green on the 9th par-4 of 356 yards last year.

RIGHT: Dustin Johnson claimed victory here last year, claiming his 21st (out of 24) title on the PGA Tour. PHOTO: Rob Carr / Getty Images.

Paul Casey has to be one of the fittest players on the planet right now. The veteran England has recorded three consecutive world top 10s – including his share of seventh at Torrey Pines last week, which saw him overtake compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick in the world rankings to advance to the Tokyo Olympics.

Casey also has an impressive record at TPC River Highlands, finishing second behind Bubba Watson twice (2015 and 2018) and never missing the cup in six appearances.

The 43-year-old has an even better goalscoring record here than DeChambeau (67.17) and has four top-5s on the Connecticut course.

72 HOLES RECORD: Kenny Perry shot 22 under par 258 in 2009 when he beat two of his fellow Americans – Paul Goydos and David Toms – by three strokes. Tim Norris, meanwhile, hit 25 under 259 when he beat Raymond Floyd and Hubert Green by six strokes in 1982.

FORMER AUSSIE WINNER: Marc Leishman (2012) and Greg Norman (1995).

AUSTRALIANS ON THE GROUND: Jason Day, Lucas Herbert, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Cameron Percy, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith.

TV SCHEDULES *

Round 1: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
2nd round: Saturday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 5h – 8h)
Round 3: Sunday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
Round 4: Monday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.)

* AEST, consult local guides

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