Reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year and second-ranked golfer in the world to make fourth appearance at TPC River Highlands
HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 21, 2019 – The Travelers Championship today announced that Brooks Koepka, the reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year and second in the Official World Golf Ranking, has committed to play in this year’s tournament. Koepka won both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 2018, and he will be making his fourth appearance at TPC River Highlands in June.
“Getting a commitment from Brooks to play this year’s Travelers Championship is tremendous news,” said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “Brooks had an incredible season last year and is representative of the caliber of players fans can expect to see here in June. We’re thrilled he’s coming back.”
Koepka is a three-time major champion, having won his first at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills. He won the U.S. Open for the second time in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player since Curtis Strange in 1988-89 to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Koepka’s victory two months later at the PGA Championship helped him wrap up PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors. He reached No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time by winning THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES earlier this season.
“We are happy to make an announcement of this magnitude so early in the year, and we hope that the fans are just as excited as we are to hear that Brooks is coming back to Connecticut,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “This announcement sets the tone for this year’s event – we’re going to have a great field, there will be more for the fans and most importantly, we hope to generate more money for charity than we ever have before.”
Koepka has five career wins on the PGA TOUR. He started his professional career overseas on the Challenge Tour (four victories) and European Tour (one win).
The 2019 Travelers Championship will be held June 17-23 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. For more information on this year’s tournament, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.
About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship, held in Cromwell, Connecticut, is one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR and part of the FedExCup series. Named by the PGA TOUR in 2017 and 2018 as the recipient of the “Players Choice” award, the Travelers Championship proudly supports the TOUR’s Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities. Travelers, a leading provider of property and casualty insurance for auto, home and business, is the Official Property Casualty Insurance Provider of the PGA TOUR. The company became the tournament’s title sponsor in 2007. Travelers has been doing business in the Hartford community for more than 160 years and has been a corporate sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952. Complete details are available at www.TravelersChampionship.com.
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