Golf Glance: Travelers welcome break from Open grind

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth reacts after chipping out of the sand for a birdie during the first playoff hole of the final round of the Travelers Championship. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

LAST WEEK: U.S. Open (Brooks Koepka)
THIS WEEK: Travelers Championship, June 21-24
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn. (Par 70, 6,841 yards)
Purse: $7 million (Winner: $1.26 million)
Television: Thursday-Friday 3:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth
Spieth beat Daniel Berger on the first hole of sudden death in 2017. Phil Mickelson (2001-02) is the last player to successfully defend at the Travelers. … The fifth-ranked Spieth is coming off consecutive missed cuts. He is joined in the field by No. 2 Justin Thomas, No. 4 Koepka, No. 7 Rory McIlroy and No. 9 Jason Day. … Jim Furyk set the PGA Tour record with a 58 in the final round in 2016. … Kenny Perry (22 under, 2009) holds the 72-hole tournament scoring record. … The Travelers typically grants exemptions to several young players, and those making their professional debuts this week include No. 1-ranked amateur Doug Ghim from the University of Texas and former University of Illinois star Nick Hardy. Dylan Meyer, who made the cut at the U.S. Open, will join his former Illinois teammate in the field. Thomas, Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler are among previous players who have been given exemptions into the Travelers. … Six of the past 12 winners of the Travelers have been first-time Tour champions.
NEXT WEEK: Quicken Loans National, Potomac, Md.

LAST WEEK: Meijer LPGA Classic (So Yeon Ryu)
THIS WEEK: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, June 22-24
Pinnacle Country Club, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Par 71, 6,331 yards)
Purse: $2 million (Winner: $300,000)
Television: Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Defending Champion: So Yeon Ryu
Ryu is seeking to defend her title while also coming off her sixth career LPGA tour victory last week. She set a tournament record with her winning score of 18-under last year, which also vaulted her to No. 1 in the world for the first time. … The top nine players in the world rankings are in the field. … Former University of Arkansas star Stacy Lewis won the event in 2014. She is due to give birth to her first child in November. … Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn leads the money list with $1.7 million this season and is also the only two-time winner on Tour in 2018. She leads the Rolex Player of the Year (150) and Race to CME Globe (2,515) standings. … Jessica Korda, who leads the Tour in scoring average (69.417), is also in the field. … Two-time event champion Yani Tseng (2010-11) is leading the Tour in driving distance at 276.0.
NEXT WEEK: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Kildeer, Ill.

Champions Tour
THIS WEEK: American Family Insurance Championship, June 22-24
University Ridge Golf Course, Madison, Wis. (Par 72, 7,056 yards)
Purse: $2 million (Winner: $300,000)
Television: Friday, 12:30-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Defending Champion: Fred Couples
Madison residents Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly are in a 78-player field that also includes 37 of the top 40 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. … Top-ranked Bernhard Langer is in the field, while Couples will be making his first start since the Masters in April. … Couples shot a final-round 66 to overcome a three-shot deficit and win by two strokes last year. In his only other tournament in 2018, Couples tied for sixth at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. … Davis Love III will make his tournament debut and just his 11th start on the Champions tour since turning 50 in 2014.
NEXT WEEK: U.S. Senior Open Championship, Colorado Springs, Colo.

–Field Level Media

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