Travelers Championship: Your form guide for River Highlands

The Travelers Championship is the only regular PGA Tour event to be staged in Connecticut
The leafy TPC River Highlands has been a regular PGA Tour venue for more than 30 years

The low-scoring TPC River Highlands welcomes the players to this week's PGA Tour stop in New England. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"A hot putter is absolutely necessary this week with plenty of birdies available. Last year’s winner Dustin Johnson bagged 25 of them, although this particular category was led by third-placed Will Gordon who made 27 birdies in all. That’s one every 2.66 holes."

With America's three major championships done and dusted for another year, the post-US Open party takes place in the New England state of Connecticut.

This week's Travellers Championship is once again being played at TPC River Highlands, which has been part of the PGA Tour schedule for over three decades.

TPC River Highlands is a gently undulating parkland course which was given a facelift six years ago.

This well-wooded layout with lush fairways has plenty of subtle changes in direction, while water comes into play on just five holes - most of these towards the end of the round.

Situated approximately 120 miles north-east of New York City, and around 30 miles from the coast, the course gets its name from sitting high above the Connecticut River.

Traditionally a low-scoring venue, the average winning 72-hole total since 2005 (last 16 tournaments) is 264.19.

In 2016, Jim Furyk posted a PGA Tour record score of 58 during the final round, en route to finishing fifth.

And five years earlier, while still an amateur, 19-year-old Patrick Cantlay carded 60 to grab the lead after 36 holes - he ended up in a tie-for-24th.

All of which means, a hot putter is absolutely necessary this week with plenty of birdies available.

Last year's winner Dustin Johnson bagged 25 of them, although this particular category was led by third-placed Will Gordon who made 27 birdies in all. That's one every 2.66 holes.

Teeing-up

Despite its close proximity to the US Open, a decent field has assembled this week.

Five of the world's top 10 are in attendance, two of which will be licking their wounds following Torrey Pines.

Bryson DeChambeau, who midway through the final round of the US Open appeared to be in a strong position to successfully defend his title, suffered a woeful back nine which he covered in 44 shots. He went from first to tied-26th by the end of his round.

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His most recent three visits to River Highlands have all yielded top-10s but he'll need to be strong mentally to bounce back from Sunday afternoon's calamitous meltdown.

Dustin, the defending champ, is yet to 'show up' at a big tournament in 2021. His highest finish in any of the three majors played so far, or The Players Championship, is tied-19th.

And on Sunday he also lost his No 1 World Ranking to Jon Rahm, golf's newest major champ who won't be teeing-up this Thursday.

Count on Casey

Maybe a better bet this week would be Paul Casey, the world No 20 whose six visits to this course have yielded four top-five finishes.

His last three starts this season read 4th-6th-7th, which incorporate a brace of major championships.

And this week may offer Scottie Scheffler the perfect opportunity to grab a maiden PGA Tour title.

The in-form world No 18 from Texas could benefit from an atmosphere that is likely to resemble 'after the Lord Mayor's show.'

Brian Harman and Kevin Streelman are two other pros who may also find this ambience more to their liking.

Both are in decent shape and possess a strong course history.

Highlands history

The land on which TPC River Highlands was built began life as Edgewood Country Club in 1928.

This remained the state of play until the early 1980s when Pete Dye was commissioned to completely re-design the layout, ahead of hosting a PGA Tour event in 1984.

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The course, which by now was owned by the PGA Tour, was christened TPC Connecticut.

During the late 1980s the venue underwent a series of minor modifications and, before the 1990 Greater Hartford Open, the course had changed its name to TPC River Highlands.

Course Comparisons (1.1.16 - 31.12.20)


Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
66.97: TPC River Highlands (Travellers Championship) (5/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)

Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
70.88: TPC River Highlands (Travellers Championship) (5/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar Ch`ship) (29/29)

Putting (GiR)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.754: TPC River Highlands (Travellers Championship) (17/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)

Key: Above stats are for all 29 courses which staged four or more PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020. To qualify for a ranking (between 1 & 29), tournaments must have a minimum of 50 players competing over the final two rounds of the event. Averages do not include players who failed to complete at least 54 holes.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / River Highlands (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16
Dustin Johnson 19 10 MC 48 13
Bryson DeChambeau 26 18 38 55 9
Patrick Cantlay 15 1 23 MC 11 MC
Brooks Koepka 4 MC 2 MC
Patrick Reed 19 5 MC 17 6 MC
Tony Finau MC 32 20 8 MC 17
Scottie Scheffler 7 3 MC 8 47 29 8
Harris English 3 14 64 13 43 MC
Paul Casey 7 6 4 21 MC
Abraham Ancer MC MC 14 8 2 5 18
Cameron Smith MC MC 59 1 9
Phil Mickelson 62 MC 1 69 MC
Joaquin Niemann 31 MC 50 30 18 8
Matthew Wolff 15 MC
Sam Burns MC 50 Wd 2 1 4 39
Kevin Na MC 32 MC 29 MC
Garrick Higgo MC 1 64 1 8 1 4
Max Homa MC 6 MC MC 6 17
Justin Rose MC 20 8 MC 11
Adam Scott 35 16 MC
Stewart Cink 57 47 30 37 1
Marc Leishman 64 57 MC 21 1
Brian Harman 19 8 MC 18 13
Si Woo Kim 40 9 Wd MC 55 33
Kevin Kisner 55 MC 40 MC MC MC MC
Carlos Ortiz MC 16 40 55 21 65 MC
Kevin Streelman 15 13 20 8 26 MC MC 33
Ian Poulter 40 25 3 30 MC 21 48
Charley Hoffman 57 57 3 17 18 11 18
Matt Jones 65 MC MC 30 37 MC
Bubba Watson 50 Wd 80 18 13 8
Brendon Todd MC 53 8 MC 27 39
Russell Henley 13 MC 71 72 MC 9
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 65 MC 1 58 29 23 56
Sebastian Munoz MC MC 3 MC 55 MC MC
Chris Kirk 26 69 MC MC 27 7
Mackenzie Hughes 15 MC MC MC MC MC 52
Talor Gooch 18 14 44 39 26 MC 17
Jason Day 44 MC MC
Lanto Griffin 35 MC MC 26 MC MC
Cameron Tringale 26 32 MC MC 3 MC
Guido Migliozzi 4 2 2 MC 33 15
Emiliano Grillo MC 8 38 14 MC 2
Keegan Bradley MC 17 18 2 4
Joel Dahmen 32 MC 55 18 MC
Brendan Steele MC 37 77 70 4
Harold Varner MC 47 32 49 MC MC 2
Adam Long 26 20 MC MC MC MC
Erik van Rooyen MC 10 MC MC MC MC 17
Rickie Fowler 11 8 MC MC
Dylan Frittelli 46 MC MC MC MC 56
Aaron Wise 9 17 55 9 MC
Adam Hadwin 40 MC 8 64 MC MC MC
Harry Higgs 68 MC 4 MC MC MC 59
Maverick McNealy 20 MC MC MC 4
Patton Kizzire MC MC 3 3 58 60 MC
Michael Thompson 64 MC MC MC 42
Richy Werenski MC MC 45 38 37 MC 3 MC
Zach Johnson MC 32 MC 51 29 MC
Tom Hoge 46 MC MC 64 MC MC MC MC 25
Doc Redman 2 42 59 9 MC 39 17 MC
Tom Lewis MC MC 71 MC MC 48 8 25
Robert Streb MC 45 59 MC MC 52
Byeong Hun An 52 MC 50 49 MC 67 MC MC
Troy Merritt 65 50 7 7 MC 8 MC MC
Henrik Norlander 25 MC 50 MC 48 21 MC
Chez Reavie 40 14 MC MC MC MC MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 50 MC 37 32 21 MC MC 56
Brandt Snedeker 60 50 17 11 4 42
David Lipsky 8 39 12 Wd MC 21 2
Wyndham Clark MC MC 20 75 39 43 60 17 64
Jim Herman 26 MC MC MC
Hudson Swafford 2 62 45 MC MC MC MC
Nick Taylor 44 42 62 26 MC MC MC
Matthew NeSmith 35 MC MC 58 21 MC 48
Keith Mitchell MC MC 26 3 69 4
Andrew Putnam 67 MC MC 43 MC MC MC
Rory Sabbatini MC 67 26 MC MC 51
Denny McCarthy MC MC 59 MC 39 13
Luke List MC MC MC 61 6 MC MC 58
Nate Lashley 32 MC MC
Kyle Stanley 42 8 26 39 23 MC
Sepp Straka MC MC MC 26 54 29 59
Francesco Molinari 13 MC
CT Pan 31 57 32 18 MC MC
Brandon Hagy 50 MC MC 26 60 28 MC
Mark Hubbard 57 42 69 34 MC MC MC MC
Peter Malnati MC MC MC MC 43 MC 31 MC
Danny Lee 19 MC 40 MC Wd 21 MC MC
Sung Kang MC 32 62 47 MC MC MC 65
Vaughn Taylor 52 18 MC MC 6 MC MC
Scott Piercy 19 Dq MC 11 MC MC 62
Scott Stallings MC 67 3 43 29 11 MC
Tyler Duncan 60 MC MC MC 39 11 MC
Russell Knox 35 57 MC 39 18 21 MC MC
Sam Ryder MC 52 MC MC MC MC 17
Pat Perez 10 45 39 26 29 21 MC
Doug Ghim MC 14 MC MC 11 33
Chesson Hadley 2 MC MC MC MC MC
Chase Seiffert 35 MC MC MC MC 42
Brian Stuard MC MC 56 39 37 MC MC 18
Ryan Armour 8 26 MC MC MC
Steve Stricker 44
Patrick Rodgers 31 50 MC MC 47 37 MC MC
Will Gordon 14 MC MC MC MC MC
Ryan Moore MC 54 39 52
Joseph Bramlett 25 MC 7 MC 63 MC
Robby Shelton MC 57 32 59 MC MC MC MC
Adam Schenk 68 65 34 MC 18 11 25
Brian Gay MC MC MC 81 MC MC
Austin Cook 31 MC 71 MC MC MC MC
Brice Garnett MC 56 47 MC 11 52
Tyler McCumber MC MC 50 MC
Rafael Campos 56 61 MC MC MC MC MC
Bronson Burgoon MC 13 MC 13 MC
Satoshi Kodaira 19 13 11 MC MC
Scott Brown MC MC 34 MC 39 MC MC
Hank Lebioda 31 17 51 13 MC
Bo Van Pelt 2 MC 65 39 MC MC
Kramer Hickok MC 14 MC 51 57 MC
Kris Ventura MC MC MC MC 25
Anirban Lahiri 25 MC MC MC
Vincent Whaley MC 20 26 26 29 29
Cameron Percy Wd 30 MC 70 MC MC 33
Roger Sloan 52 34 58 MC MC
Beau Hossler 19 MC 77 39 MC MC
Ted Potter MC 68 72 18 MC
Rob Oppenheim 19 33 26 MC MC 25
Michael Gligic MC MC 47 58 29 29 MC
Jason Dufner MC 37 65 MC 43 57 MC MC
Grayson Murray MC 49 MC 21 MC MC MC 25
Scott Harrington 44 MC MC Dq MC 42
Fabian Gomez 70 MC MC MC 53 48 MC
Luke Donald 31 13 MC 54 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC MC MC MC MC
JJ Spaun MC MC 47 18 MC MC
JB Holmes 50 Wd MC MC 68 MC
Kevin Tway MC MC 72 MC MC 48
David Hearn MC MC MC MC 32
Kevin Chappell 44 15 MC
Nick Watney MC MC MC 11 MC
Nelson Ledesma MC MC 47 16 MC MC
Ryan Brehm MC MC MC MC MC
Rhein Gibson 13 25 MC MC MC MC MC 69
Sean O`Hair 34 MC 39 37 MC MC
Sebastian Cappelen MC Wd MC MC MC MC
DJ Trahan MC 71 76 MC MC
Austin Eckroat 13 7
Mark Anderson MC 9 61 MC MC
Chase Koepka MC 53 63
Martin Trainer MC MC MC MC MC MC
Jonas Blixt MC MC 65 MC MC
Davis Thompson 35
John Pak MC
Hunter Mahan Wd MC 54 MC MC MC
Michael Kim MC 67 MC MC 28 Wd
JJ Henry MC 74 MC
Kevin Stadler MC 53 MC MC MC MC
Alex Beach MC
William McGirt MC MC 35 MC MC
Brian Keiser
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dustin Johnson 1 31
Bryson DeChambeau 6 8 9 26 47
Patrick Cantlay 11 15 15 MC MC 24
Brooks Koepka 57 19 9 51
Patrick Reed 24 30 MC 5 11 MC MC 18 47
Tony Finau MC MC 17 25 25
Scottie Scheffler MC
Harris English MC* MC MC 25 7 43 64
Paul Casey 32 5 2 5 17 2
Abraham Ancer 11 8 MC 56
Cameron Smith MC MC 34 39
Phil Mickelson 24 MC
Joaquin Niemann 63 5
Matthew Wolff MC MC*
Sam Burns 24 43
Kevin Na 5 57 MC MC
Garrick Higgo
Max Homa MC MC MC
Justin Rose MC 13
Adam Scott
Stewart Cink MC 2 MC MC*
Marc Leishman 58 21 MC 17 9 39 11 30 1
Brian Harman MC 8 6 35 MC 3 42 51 24
Si Woo Kim 11 MC 26 25
Kevin Kisner MC 15 MC MC
Carlos Ortiz MC MC 17 MC
Kevin Streelman 2 15 33 8 MC MC 1 MC 47 6
Ian Poulter 64 43 62 24
Charley Hoffman 41 MC 15 3 25 26 7 2 43
Matt Jones MC MC* 19 64 MC 46 MC MC
Bubba Watson MC 54 1 MC 25 1 31 4 2 38
Brendon Todd 11 MC 15 MC
Russell Henley 32 MC 6 11
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 13
Sebastian Munoz MC MC MC*
Chris Kirk 58 MC
Mackenzie Hughes 3 51 42 17
Talor Gooch MC MC
Jason Day 46 8 12 MC 18
Lanto Griffin 24 38
Cameron Tringale MC MC* 69 MC 15 MC
Guido Migliozzi
Emiliano Grillo 60 60 19 43
Keegan Bradley MC 2 47 8 25 39 31 18 29 63
Joel Dahmen 20 43 MC 62
Brendan Steele 6 21 MC 14 17 25 5 13 MC 13
Harold Varner 32 21 MC MC
Adam Long 24 21
Erik van Rooyen
Rickie Fowler 13
Dylan Frittelli MC MC
Aaron Wise 46
Adam Hadwin MC 42 57 MC MC
Harry Higgs MC
Maverick McNealy
Patton Kizzire 6 MC MC 53
Michael Thompson 46 MC MC MC MC MC MC 4
Richy Werenski 46 60 26 MC
Zach Johnson 11 19 MC 47 6 MC 58 64 24
Tom Hoge 37 MC* MC 35 MC 64
Doc Redman 11
Tom Lewis
Robert Streb MC 21 MC 57 MC 58
Byeong Hun An 46 MC 66
Troy Merritt 60 MC* MC 8 MC MC 67 MC
Henrik Norlander 41 25 MC*
Chez Reavie 46 1 MC 43 47 25 43 11
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 37
Brandt Snedeker 41 43 MC 14 10 11 24
David Lipsky
Wyndham Clark MC 15 MC
Jim Herman MC* MC 68 MC 18 MC
Hudson Swafford MC 66 38 MC 24
Nick Taylor MC* MC MC 64 MC
Matthew NeSmith MC
Keith Mitchell MC 56
Andrew Putnam 57
Rory Sabbatini MC MC 56 MC 18
Denny McCarthy Wd MC 47
Luke List MC MC MC MC
Nate Lashley
Kyle Stanley 24 36 15 57 MC 20 MC MC 60 MC
Sepp Straka MC MC
Francesco Molinari 57 47 25
CT Pan MC 36 MC 8 25
Brandon Hagy MC MC
Mark Hubbard 37 43 71
Peter Malnati MC 30 26 MC* MC MC
Danny Lee MC MC 15 3 25 MC MC*
Sung Kang 46 MC* MC MC* 70 MC MC
Vaughn Taylor MC 4 47 57 38 61 MC 11 33
Scott Piercy MC*
Scott Stallings 6 MC 38 MC MC MC
Tyler Duncan 32 43 33
Russell Knox MC 21 38 62 1 Wd 61 13 MC
Sam Ryder MC 51 26
Pat Perez MC
Doug Ghim MC
Chesson Hadley MC MC MC MC
Chase Seiffert 9 43
Brian Stuard 20 MC MC MC 38 25 MC MC
Ryan Armour 6 54 56 MC MC
Steve Stricker
Patrick Rodgers MC 26 35 3 39 46 MC
Will Gordon 3
Ryan Moore MC 15 MC 17 5 7 47 2
Joseph Bramlett 41 52
Robby Shelton MC MC
Adam Schenk MC MC MC
Brian Gay MC MC MC MC 71 51 MC*
Austin Cook 54 MC MC
Brice Garnett MC MC MC 20 75
Tyler McCumber MC
Rafael Campos
Bronson Burgoon MC 60 MC MC
Satoshi Kodaira MC MC
Scott Brown 65 60 47 25 54 MC MC
Hank Lebioda 41 51
Bo Van Pelt MC 7 67 43 24 13
Kramer Hickok 60
Kris Ventura
Anirban Lahiri MC 9 17
Vincent Whaley
Cameron Percy MC MC* 47 54 30
Roger Sloan 66 MC MC
Beau Hossler MC MC* 2 53
Ted Potter MC MC MC MC MC
Rob Oppenheim MC MC MC
Michael Gligic
Jason Dufner MC
Grayson Murray MC 26
Scott Harrington MC
Fabian Gomez MC MC 19 53 MC MC
Luke Donald 68 MC MC 7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC
JJ Spaun MC 30 47
JB Holmes MC 2 MC 37 59
Kevin Tway MC 5 6 43 26 MC
David Hearn MC 8 38
Kevin Chappell 54 MC MC MC
Nick Watney 30 MC 73 39 11 13
Nelson Ledesma
Ryan Brehm 35
Rhein Gibson
Sean O`Hair MC MC MC MC 67 63
Sebastian Cappelen MC
DJ Trahan MC 30 MC* 17
Austin Eckroat
Mark Anderson MC 15 MC
Chase Koepka
Martin Trainer MC MC
Jonas Blixt MC MC 62 MC MC MC 43
Davis Thompson
John Pak
Hunter Mahan MC MC 56 17 70 MC MC 24 11 43
Michael Kim MC MC MC 69 MC
JJ Henry MC MC 42 69 MC 60 MC 5 47 24
Kevin Stadler 73 51 MC MC
Alex Beach
William McGirt MC 43 25 31 30 MC MC
Brian Keiser

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