The TPC River Highlands will get under way later this week and there is a strong field expected, including eight golfers in the top 25 in the world. Five of the last seven Travelers Champions tournaments have crowned first time winners, which may leave those top 25 golfers cleaning up after a newbie.
Last week’s U.S. Open champion, Justin Rose, will headline the field looking to win back-to-back tournaments. Usually a player will take time off after just competing in a major, let alone winning the tournament, but Rose has let it be known that he will be there this weekend. Rose jumped from fifth to third in the world standings on the back of his win last weekend, and he hopes to improve even further with another win this weekend.
Last year’s winner, Marc Leishman, will get his first opportunity to defend a title that he previously won. It took an amazing final round to win the Travels Championship, having entered it trailing the leaders by six strokes. After shooting a 62, he leapfrogged everyone to find himself at the top of the leaderboard.
Chris Williams, the #1 amateur golfer in the world, will play in a tournament as a professional for the first time this weekend. Williams was named the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award as the top men’s amateur/college player in a 12-month period. He also received the McCormack Medal as the top amateur player in the world. Now he gets a chance to compete against some of the best in the world and rake in a nice paycheck at the same time. It would not hurt his feelings to become the sixth player to win their first professional title at the Travelers Championship this weekend.