The 2014 Travelers Championship will officially begin today at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Officials from Travelers, the Official Property Casualty Insurance Provider of the PGA TOUR, the State of Connecticut, the Travelers Championship and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp will be joined by 2013 Travelers Championship winner, Ken Duke, at opening ceremonies, which begin at 9:00 a.m. EDT.
This year’s tournament boasts one of the strongest player fields in years with some of the best PGA TOUR golfers in the world participating, including Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson and others. The Travelers Championship’s net proceeds will support more than 180 charities throughout New England, including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for children battling serious illnesses.
“We expect this year’s tournament to be a great event, featuring world-class PGA TOUR golf and a great experience for fans both attending in person and watching on television,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Travelers. “Everyone at Travelers is proud to support an event that has a significant impact on charity and the local economy.”
One of the new features at this year’s tournament is Fan Appreciation Day, which will be held on Wednesday, June 18. To help celebrate Travelers renewing its title sponsorship through 2024, Fan Appreciation Day will include: giving red umbrellas to the first 2,024 spectators to arrive; an opportunity for fans to win $500 for the charity of their choice; special autograph sessions; and gifts that will be given to fans randomly throughout the day.
The Travelers Championship has become known for its fan-friendly atmosphere and will deliver a variety of events to engage a wide audience and generate funds for charity. Some of these events include:
- The Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am on June 18, with stars including George Lopez, Donnie Wahlberg, Chris Berman, Kevin Ollie, Tim Wakefield, Doug Flutie, Ming Tsai, Jim Calhoun and others;
- FML, CPA Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament on June 18 featuring Bridget Moynahan;
- Women’s Day on June 19, featuring Arianna Huffington, celebrity chef Ming Tsai, a golf clinic and other activities for women; and
- Concerts on Friday, June 20, featuring the Little River Band and Saturday, June 21, featuring Jefferson Starship.
PGA TOUR pros will once again have the opportunity to win $10,000 for their favorite charity, donated by Travelers, during Tuesday’s practice round. To win, the pros will compete for the first hole-in-one or closest to the pin on The Umbrella at 15 ½, a 40-foot floating green in the shape of the iconic Travelers red umbrella logo on the pond between Holes 15 and 16. Past winners include Justin Rose, Chad Campbell, Ricky Barnes and Ben Kohles.