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This stoke play tournament was created in 1952 and originally called the Insurance City Open.   In 1967 it was renamed the Greater Hartford Open until 2004, when it was renamed to the Buick Championship.  However in 2007, Travelers Companies took over as title sponsor therefore renaming it the Travelers Championship.

For the first thirty years of competition, the tournament was held at Wethersfield Country Club in Wethersfield, CT.  In the early 1980’s the PGA Tour bought Edgewood Country Club in Cromwell, CT.  Once they finished all the renovations for the course, the championship was moved over to Cromwell at now what is the called the TPC at River Highlands.

Initially this tournament was featured in late August until 2005 when the announcement came for newly created Fed Ex Cup series.  Since then, the championship is played in late June, always the week after the US Open.

The current purse for the championship is set a $6.1 million  with the champion taking home $1.09 million and 500 Fed Ex Cup points.

 

 

 

NOTABLE RECORDS:

 

  • Tournament record: 258 – Kenny Perry, 2009 (TPC River Highlands)

 

  • Wethersfield CC 18 hole Record: 60, Tommy Bolt, 1954 (Wethersfield CC)

 

  • TPC at River Highlands: 61 – Kirk Triplett, 2000

 

  • Most Wins:  Billy Casper (4)

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • For 15 years, the tournament was called the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open.  To this day it is still unclear why it was called that.  According to biographical records, Davis Jr. has no ties to Hartford or the state of Connecticut in general.

 

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  • This championship was Arnold Palmer’s first PGA US Based Tour win (1956)

 

  • Phil Mickelson is the only person to win the championship back to back years. (2001-2002)

 

Winners

Year Player Score To par First Prize Purse ($)
Travelers Championship
2013 Ken Duke 268 –12 1,098,000 6,100,000
2012 Marc Leishman 266 –14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Fredrik Jacobson 260 –20 1,080,000 6,000,000
2010 Bubba Watson 266 –14 1,080,000 6,000,000
2009 Kenny Perry 258 –22 1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 Stewart Cink 262 –18 1,080,000 6,000,000
2007 Hunter Mahan 265 –15 1,080,000 6,000,000
Buick Championship
2006 J. J. Henry 266 –14 792,000 4,400,000
2005 Brad Faxon 266 –14 774,000 4,300,000
2004 Woody Austin 270 –10 756,000 4,200,000
Greater Hartford Open
2003 Peter Jacobsen 266 –14 720,000 4,000,000
Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002 Phil Mickelson 266 –14 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Phil Mickelson 264 –16 558,000 3,100,000
2000 Notah Begay III 260 –20 504,000 2,800,000
1999 Brent Geiberger 262 –18 450,000 2,500,000
1998 Olin Browne 266 –14 360,000 2,000,000
1997 Stewart Cink 267 –13 270,000 1,500,000
1996 D. A. Weibring 270 –10 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Greg Norman 267 –13 216,000 1,200,000
1994 David Frost 268 –12 216,000 1,200,000
1993 Nick Price 271 –9 180,000 1,000,000
1992 Lanny Wadkins 274 –6 180,000 1,000,000
1991 Billy Ray Brown 271 –9 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Wayne Levi 267 –13 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Paul Azinger 267 –17 180,000 1,000,000
Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1988 Mark Brooks 269 –15 126,000 700,000
1987 Paul Azinger 269 –15 126,000 700,000
1986 Mac O’Grady 269 –15 126,000 700,000
1985 Phil Blackmar 271 –13 108,000 600,000
Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1984 Peter Jacobsen 269 –15 72,000 400,000
1983 Curtis Strange 268 –16 54,000 300,000
1982 Tim Norris 259 –25 54,000 300,000
1981 Hubert Green 264 –20 54,000 300,000
1980 Howard Twitty 266 –18 54,000 300,000
1979 Jerry McGee 267 –17 54,000 300,000
1978 Rod Funseth 264 –20 42,000 210,000
1977 Billy Kratzert 265 –19 42,000 210,000
1976 Rik Massengale 266 –18 42,000 210,000
1975 Don Bies 267 –17 40,000 200,000
1974 Dave Stockton 268 –12 40,000 200,000
1973 Billy Casper 264 –20 40,000 200,000
Greater Hartford Open Invitational
1972 Lee Trevino 269 –15 25,000 125,000
1971 George Archer 268 –16 22,000 110,000
1970 Bob Murphy 267 –17 20,000 100,000
1969 Bob Lunn 268 –16 20,000 100,000
1968 Billy Casper 266 –18 20,000 100,000
1967 Charlie Sifford 272 –12 20,000 100,000
Insurance City Open Invitational
1966 Art Wall, Jr. 266 –18 20,000 100,000
1965 Billy Casper 274 –10 11,000 70,000
1964 Ken Venturi 273 –11 7,500 50,000
1963 Billy Casper 271 –13 6,400 40,000
1962 Bob Goalby 271 –13 5,300 35,000
1961 Billy Maxwell 271 –13 4,300 30,000
1960 Arnold Palmer 270 –14 3,500 30,000
1959 Gene Littler 272 –12 3,500 25,000
1958 Jack Burke, Jr. 268 –16 3,500 25,000
1957 Gardner Dickinson 272 –12 2,800 22,000
Insurance City Open
1956 Arnold Palmer 274 –10 4,000 20,000
1955 Sam Snead 269 –15 4,000 20,000
1954 Tommy Bolt 271 –13 2,500 15,000
1953 Bob Toski 269 –15 2,400 15,000
1952 Ted Kroll 273 –11 2,400 15,000

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