As a golf fan, Pinehurst Number Two wore me out last week, I can’t imagine being one of the 55 players who survived the 2014 US Open and will be teeing it up in the Travelers Championship this week. The action moves from the sand hills of North Carolina to a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River, and will get underway on Thursday morning.
TPC River Highlands near Cromwell, Connecticut is a 6841 yard 70 layout which was redesigned by Pete Dye in 1982 with the help of touring pros, Howard Twitty, and Roger Maltbie.
Ken Duke at age 44, held off Chris Stroud in 2013 to become the oldest first-time winner on the PGA Tour in nearly 20 years. Duke shot 65-66 on the weekend and caught a lucky bounce of the golf ball when his shot on the 10th hole bounced off of a tree, and onto the green.
In 2010, two-time Masters Champ, Bubba Watson became the first of four consecutive first-time winners at TPC Highlands. The others were Freddie Jacobsen in 2011, Marc Leishman in 2012, and Ken Duke last year.
After missing the cut at the US Open last week, Bubba Watson comes into Connecticut rested, and could very well be a threat to win his second Travelers Championship.
He has the opportunity to overtake points leader, Jimmy Walker in the FedEx Cup standings as Walker is taking a week off to rest after finishing in a tie for ninth place with the world’s number one ranked, Adam Scott, and Brandt Snedeker at Pinehurst.
In 61 years, only Phil Mickelson has ever won back-to-back titles at this event in 2001 and 2002.
The winner’s share of the $6.2 Million Dollar purse will be $1.116 Million Dollars, and 500 FedEx Cup points.
TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).