JON RAHM, WEBB SIMPSON COMMIT TO 2020 TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIPadmin
HARTFORD, Conn., June 15, 2020 – The Travelers Championship today announced that Jon Rahm and Webb Simpson – two more players in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking – have committed to play in the 2020 tournament.
Rahm is ranked No. 2 in the world, behind only Rory McIlroy. Simpson is ranked No. 9. These latest commitments give this year’s Travelers Championship the top five players in the world and eight of the top 10: McIlroy, Rahm, Justin Thomas (No. 3), Brooks Koepka (No. 4), Dustin Johnson (No. 5), Patrick Reed (No. 6), Patrick Cantlay (No. 7), and Simpson.
“We are extremely excited to have everyone in the top five of the world ranking and eight of the top 10 join us this year,” said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “Jon and Webb have each won multiple times on the PGA TOUR and will be tremendous additions to one of our best player fields ever.”
Jon Rahm is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with six more victories coming on the European Tour. In six PGA TOUR starts this season, Rahm has had four top-10 finishes. He was second at the Farmers Insurance Open and tied for third at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. His PGA TOUR wins have come in each of the past three seasons, most recently at the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He won the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai title in 2019, when he won three tournaments. Rahm made the cut at the 2015 Travelers Championship as an amateur and tied for 25th at TPC River Highlands in 2016.
Webb Simpson won for the sixth time in his PGA TOUR career earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In six starts this season, Simpson has had four top-10 finishes, including one win, a second-place finish at the RSM Classic and a third-place finish at the Sony Open. He captured his first major championship at the 2012 U.S. Open and won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2018. In nine starts at the Travelers Championship, Simpson has made eight cuts, with his best finish a tie for fifth in 2013.
“I’m thrilled to have both of these players coming back to TPC River Highlands,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “Jon is a player we supported with tournament exemptions back when he was an amateur and was getting his professional career started. Webb is another player we built a great relationship with when he was a young PGA TOUR pro, and he even played us the week after winning the U.S. Open in San Francisco, just like he said he would.”
The 2020 Travelers Championship will be held June 25–28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA TOUR has announced that the tournament will be a TV-only event, with no spectators permitted on-site. For more information, 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% 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.
Tara Gerber, Travelers Championship