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Another two top 10 players commit to Travelers: Day and Spieth

Jordan Spieth and his caddy celebrate after his outstanding chip to win the 2017 Travelers Championship. (Graphic courtesy Travelers Championship)

CROMWELL, May 15 – The Travelers Championship continues to attract some of the top golfers on the PGA Tour. Jason Day, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour and the No. 7 ranked player in the world, has committed to play in the 2018 tournament on June 21-24 at the TPC River Highlanders.

He joins an impressive field that includes defending tournament champion Jordan Spieth, who won last year’s tournament in dramatic fashion beating Daniel Berger in a playoff after holing a bunker shot on the 18th hole. The celebration that ensued between Spieth and his caddie, Michael Greller – tossing the club and bunker rake, then chest-bumping – was one of the PGA Tour’s most iconic moments of 2017.

Spieth, 24, is ranked No. 4 in the world but has spent 26 weeks at No. 1.

Day, a 30-year-old from Australia, is also a former No. 1-ranked player in the world, and he already has two PGA Tour victories in 2018. He won at Torrey Pines in January, then captured the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month. He added a second-place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Day is second in the season-long FedExCup standings, behind leader Justin Thomas.

Ten of Day’s 12 PGA Tour wins have come since the start of the 2015 season. He won five times in 2015, including twice in the FedExCup playoffs and at the PGA Championship for his first major championship. This will be Day’s fourth appearance at the Travelers Championship.

This will be the second year for Spieth at the Travelers Championship. In this tournament debut a year ago, Spieth led wire to wire, finishing at 12-under-par with rounds of 63-69-66-70. His even-par final round allowed Berger to catch him after 72 holes, but Spieth was able to hold on in the playoff.

“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,” said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Travelers.

Spieth has 11 PGA Tour career wins including three major championships. He followed up his win here in Cromwell with the 2017 British Open title. Spieth previously won the Masters and the U.S. Open in 2015. He will attempt to complete the career grand slam at this year’s PGA Championship.

Other top golfers in the field include Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Tickets are available for the 2018 Travelers Championship, which will be held June 18-24 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. For more information on this year’s tournament, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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