Travelers Championship Winners and History

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A mainstay on the PGA Tour since 1952, when it was played as the Insurance City Open, the Travelers Championship currently is the second-most attended PGA Tour event.

Like so many of the older PGA Tour events, the Travelers Championship has changed names and venues several times. It began as the Insurance City Open in Hartford, Connecticut. The event was created as a fundraiser by the local Jaycees, who had failed miserably with a turtle race the previous year.

In 1967, the tournament was renamed the Greater Hartford Open, a name it would retain until 2003. From 1973 to 1988, the tournament also bore the name of song-and-dance Rat Pack member Sammy Davis, Junior. Davis often played in the pro-ams.

From 2004 – 2006, it was named the Buick Championship.

The Travelers Championship has been played in Cromwell Connecticut since 1984, and since 1991 at the TPC River Highlands. Prior to that, it usually was played at the Wethersfield Country Club. The TPC River Highlands is the former Edgewood Country Club.

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TPC River Highlands is a par 70, 6,844 yard course.

In the past, Canon was a significant sponsor, and employees were encouraged to take vacation time the week of the tournament—presumably to volunteer.

The lowest rounds shot were 60 by Tommy Bolt in 1954 at the Wethersfield CC, and 61 by Kenny Perry (2009), Brad Faxon (2005), Phil Mickelson (2001) and Kirk Triplett (2000) at the TPC River Highlands. Billy Casper won four times, in 1963, ‘65, ‘68 and ‘73; two wins each have been recorded by Stewart Cink, Peter Jacobson, Phil Mickelson, Paul Azinger and Arnold Palmer.

The photo at top is the drivable par 4 #15 at TPC River Highlands.

Below is the complete list of past Travelers Championship winners (also, Greater Hartford Open / Insurance City Open).

Travelers Championship Winners

YearPlayerCountryScoreTo parMargin
Travelers Championship
2017Jordan SpiethUnited States268-12Playoff
2016Russell KnoxScotland266-141
2015Bubba Watson (2) United States264−16Playoff
2014Kevin Streelman United States265−151 stroke
2013Ken Duke United States268−12Playoff
2012Marc Leishman Australia266−141 stroke
2011Fredrik Jacobson Sweden260−201 stroke
2010Bubba Watson United States266−14Playoff
2009Kenny Perry United States258−223 strokes
2008Stewart Cink (2) United States262−181 stroke
2007Hunter Mahan United States265−15Playoff
Buick Championship
2006J. J. Henry United States266−143 strokes
2005Brad Faxon United States266−14Playoff
2004Woody Austin United States270−10Playoff
Greater Hartford Open
2003Peter Jacobsen (2) United States266−142 strokes
Canon Greater Hartford Open
2002Phil Mickelson (2) United States266−141 stroke
2001Phil Mickelson United States264−161 stroke
2000Notah Begay III United States260−201 stroke
1999Brent Geiberger United States262−183 strokes
1998Olin Browne United States266−14Playoff
1997Stewart Cink United States267−131 stroke
1996D. A. Weibring United States270−104 strokes
1995Greg Norman Australia267−132 strokes
1994David Frost South Africa268−121 stroke
1993Nick Price Zimbabwe271−91 stroke
1992Lanny Wadkins United States274−62 strokes
1991Billy Ray Brown United States271−9Playoff
1990Wayne Levi United States267−132 strokes
1989Paul Azinger (2) United States267−171 stroke
Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1988Mark Brooks United States269−15Playoff
1987Paul Azinger United States269−151 stroke
1986Mac O'Grady United States269−15Playoff
1985Phil Blackmar United States271−13Playoff
Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
1984Peter Jacobsen United States269−152 strokes
1983Curtis Strange United States268−161 stroke
1982Tim Norris United States259−256 strokes
1981Hubert Green United States264−201 stroke
1980Howard Twitty United States266−18Playoff
1979Jerry McGee United States267−171 stroke
1978Rod Funseth United States264−204 strokes
1977Billy Kratzert United States265−193 strokes
1976Rik Massengale United States266−182 strokes
1975Don Bies United States267−17Playoff
1974Dave Stockton United States268−164 strokes
1973Billy Casper (4) United States264−201 stroke
Greater Hartford Open Invitational
1972Lee Trevino United States269−15Playoff
1971George Archer United States268−16Playoff
1970Bob Murphy United States267−174 strokes
1969Bob Lunn United States268−16Playoff
1968Billy Casper (3) United States266−183 strokes
1967Charlie Sifford United States272−121 stroke
Insurance City Open Invitational
1966Art Wall, Jr. United States266−182 strokes
1965Billy Casper (2) United States274−10Playoff
1964Ken Venturi United States273−111 stroke
1963Billy Casper United States271−131 stroke
1962Bob Goalby United States271−13Playoff
1961Billy Maxwell United States271−13Playoff
1960Arnold Palmer (2) United States270−14Playoff
1959Gene Littler United States272−121 stroke
1958Jack Burke, Jr. United States268−163 strokes
1957Gardner Dickinson United States272−122 strokes
Insurance City Open
1956Arnold Palmer United States274−10Playoff
1955Sam Snead United States269−157 strokes
1954Tommy Bolt United States271−13Playoff
1953Bob Toski United States269−151 stroke
1952Ted Kroll United States273−114 strokes
Travelers Championship Winners

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