Xander Schauffele, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the world, has committed to return and attempt to defend his title at the 2023 Travelers Championship, the tournament announced Monday.
“It’s always special having our defending champion in the player field because it brings back so many great memories,” said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “Xander had a spectacular 2022 that included an amazing week at Travelers, and he’s continued to play at a very high level since then.”
In another close finish at TPC River Highlands, Schauffele birdied the 18th hole during the final round, closing with a 68 to win by two strokes. It was his sixth career win on the PGA Tour.
It was part of a three-win season for Schauffele, who partnered with Patrick Cantlay to win the team event in New Orleans and then won in his next start after the Travelers Championship, taking the Genesis Scottish Open. He finished 18th or better in 10 of his final 11 PGA Tour events last season, a stretch that included three wins and three other top-5 efforts.
At the 2022 Presidents Cup, Schauffele won the clinching point for the U.S. team and was victorious in three of his four matches. He also went 3-1 while making his Ryder Cup debut in 2021, helping the U.S. to a lopsided team win there, too. Schauffele earned the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
The 2023 Travelers Championship will be held June 19-25 and will feature a next level field of the world’s top professional golfers competing for an elevated purse of $20 million. For ticket information, please visit TravelersChampionship.com.