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June 17, 2024

Four of top 5 golfers to compete this week in Travelers Championship; purse is $29M

Contributed The crowd gathers at the 18th hote during the 2022 Travelers Championship.
A new series of Travelers commercials will debut on the Golf Channel on Thursday, the first day of competition at the Travelers Championship. 
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The 2024 Travelers Championship will begin this week at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, with a purse of $29 million and $3.6 million going to the winner.

The annual golf tournament, which draws thousands of spectators and the world’s top players, is the only PGA Tour “signature event” in the Northeast. 

Last year, the Travelers Championship received the “signature event” designation, which guarantees it a field of top golfers because of the large purse size. The course underwent upgrades last year.

The top-ranked player in the world, Scottie Scheffler, who won of this year’s Masters, will play in the 2024 Travelers Championship along with No. 3-ranked Xander Schauffele, No. 4 Ludvig Aberg and No. 5 Wyndham Clark.

Last year’s winner, Keegan Bradley, will return as the defending champion.

Late Monday, No. 2-ranked Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, announced that he was pulling out of the Travelers Championship to take time to "process" his horrific finish in the U.S. Open last week.

 The Travelers Championship donates 100% of its net proceeds to local charities, most of which will benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nonprofit based in Ashford that focuses on creating fun and friendships for children with serious illnesses. 

Property and casualty insurer The Travelers Cos. Inc., which is based in New York City but has a large presence in downtown Hartford, has been the title sponsor for the last 18 years.

Over the years, the tournament has generated tens of millions of dollars for hundreds of nonprofits throughout New England, including millions of dollars for nearly 200 charities in 2023.

The tournament begins Thursday with special events scheduled throughout the week. Spectators are allowed on-site starting Wednesday.

Golf Channel will provide live tournament coverage from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m; CBS will provide coverage from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

PGA Tour Live on ESPN+ will offer live access to marquee and featured groups, as well as certain holes, Thursday through Sunday. The event can also be streamed on Peacock and Paramount+.

For more information about the Travelers Championship, visit TravelersChampionship.com

Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenue of about $41 billion in 2023. 

According to the company’s annual community report, last year’s Travelers Championship raised more than $3 million for more than 180 nonprofit organizations. Also, more than 800 Travelers employees donated 20,000 volunteer hours to support the event.

In total, Travelers said it made $24.4 million in charitable contributions in 2023, nearly $10.17 million of which supported Connecticut-based organizations.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that No. 2-ranked Rory McIlroy has decided not to participate in this year's Travelers Championship.

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