June 19, 2017

Travelers Championship kicks off with Fishman memorial garden dedication

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Former Travelers CEO Jay S. Fishman.

The 2017 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell kicked off Monday morning with opening ceremonies that included dedicating the Memorial Garden in memory of late Travelers former CEO Jay S. Fishman.

Special events later are on tap all week, leading up to the June 22-25 competition.

Many of the PGA Tour's top players will compete, including Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, two-time winner Bubba Watson and defending champion Russell Knox.

The special ceremony this morning is being held to dedicate the Memorial Garden in memory of Fishman, the former chairman and CEO of Travelers who died of ALS shortly after last year's competition.

The space includes plaques honoring former winners of the Travelers Championship who have passed away. A plaque recognizing two-time Travelers Championship winner Arnold Palmer has been added this year.

The Travelers Championship donates 100 percent of its net proceeds to charity and has generated more than $36 million since the event began in 1952. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, which provides a traditional summer camp experience for children facing serious illnesses, is returning as the tournament's primary beneficiary.

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