CSGA (June 21, 2020) In any other year the field that Tournament Director Nathan Grube has assembled for the 2020 Travelers Championship would shatter attendance records. This year, it will play to a crowd of exactly zero, a kind of Field of Dreams minus that final traffic scene.
This past week the tournament added 2017 Champion Jordan Spieth and five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, completing one of the deepest—and most popular—fields in the Travelers’ 68-year history. The Travelers begins Thursday at the TPC River Highlands.
“With the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking and eight of the top 10, it already feels like the best player field we’ve ever had, and now we’re adding to it with Phil Mickelson,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, of course, the PGA TOUR has announced that the tournament will be a TV-only event, with no spectators permitted on-site. Even the media covering the event will endure restrictions. “You have to be able to look at this year in this bubble that we are in,” said Grube, “and say, man, we are going to actually be able to pull this off in a safe way, in a way that is going to be one of the strongest fields we have ever had, and in a way that can show the world that Connecticut can be a part of this message that we can get back to some sort of normal in a very careful way.”
Clearly the players are finding that new normal. Like those baseball legends emerging from the cornfield in the classic 1989 Kevin Costner movie, the last month has seen golfing great after golfing great join an already strong field that includes Rory McIlroy, Defending Champion Chez Reavie and now Mickelson. “Phil is one of the most popular and decorated players in golf history and having him in our field definitely adds a layer of excitement,” said Grube.
Here’s who’s joined the field since May 15:
Sponsor’s exemptions this past week went to Connecticut’s J.J. Henry, Stewart Cink and Hunter Mahan, all former champions.
As the New Haven Register’s Joe Morelli reminded us, there’s only one huge name missing at this point: “Now everyone waits to see if a certain player decides…to make his first appearance at TPC River Highlands. I wouldn’t hold out too much hope, but stranger things have happened.”
If this incredibly strong field, with or without that guy, coaxes you to watch, here is television information for the 2020 Travelers:
Round 1: Thursday, June 25, 2020 – Golf Channel*– 3:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m.
Round 2: Friday, June 26, 2020 – Golf Channel* – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Round 3: Saturday, June 27, 2020 – Golf Channel* – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and CBS– 3:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.**
Round 4: Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Golf Channel* – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and CBS– 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.**
* Simulcast on PGATOUR.COM, GolfChannel.com, NBCSports.com
** Simulcast on PGATOUR.COM, CBSSports.com
For more information, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.