May 8, 2018

Spieth returning to Travelers Championship to defend title

PHOTO: @TravelersChamp
PHOTO: @TravelersChamp
Travelers Champion Jordan Spieth signs autographs after his win at last year's Travelers Championship.

Jordan Spieth, who won last year's Travelers Championship in dramatic fashion when he holed a bunker shot on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger, is returning next month to defend his title at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, the tournament announced Tuesday.

The event is June 18-24.

"We're excited that Jordan has decided to come back to defend his title," said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Travelers. "Watching the playoff bunker shot and seeing the crowd erupt still gives me chills. Jordan is an amazing player, and we're all looking forward to seeing what he'll do this year against some strong competition."

Spieth followed his win at the Travelers Championship with a victory at the 2017 British Open, the third major win of his career.

With 11 PGA Tour victories in his career, Spieth has been one of the world's best players since he turned professional in 2012. He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013, then won the PGA Tour's Player of the Year honors in 2015, when he won five tournaments, plus the FedExCup title. Spieth has held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for 26 weeks, and is currently ranked No. 4.

Other pros that have committed to next month's tournament include Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Charley Hoffman, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk.

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