Even though he nearly lost a record six-shot lead, Chez Reavie did enough to win the 2019 Travelers Championship.
On a hot, sunny Sunday in Cromwell, Connecticut, Reavie’s skill, endurance and hard work were crucial in his victory against one of the strongest player fields in TPC River Highlands history. This win came in Reavie’s 250th PGA Tour start since his only other TOUR victory, at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open. By shooting a final-round 69, Reavie finished 17-under-par, four shots ahead of Keegan Bradley (67) and Zack Sucher (67). Vaughn Taylor shot 65 to finish alone in fourth place at 12-under.
Reavie tied for third the week before at the U.S. Open, and continued his strong play at the Travelers Championship to secure the victory, with rounds of 65-66-63-69. His six-shot lead through 54 holes was the largest in tournament history. In the third round, Reavie went from six strokes behind the leader to six strokes ahead by shooting a record-tying back-nine 28 featuring seven birdies.
On Sunday, Bradley made Reavie work for it, cutting the six-shot difference to just one after making a birdie on the 15th hole. After both players – paired together in the final group – made pars at No. 16, Reavie birdied the par-4 17th, while Bradley made a double bogey. The three-shot swing gave Reavie breathing room on the last hole.
This year’s Travelers Championship was a big success for everyone though, not just Reavie. Women’s Day featured a sold-out crowd of more than 700 attendees. Despite the rainy weather, the tournament produced impressive crowds thanks to the strong player field and loyal Travelers Championship fanbase.
However, the most important part of the Travelers Championship is charity. This year, the tournament generated approximately $2 million for more than 150 local charities, including the primary beneficiary, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Sunday morning began at TPC River Highlands with the 18-Hole Stroll, which benefits pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation, another beneficiary of the tournament. The tournament generates about $70 million of economic activity every year for the state of Connecticut.
Another successful Travelers Championship has come to an end. Time to start planning for 2020!