Breaking Down The 2018 Travelers Championship Player Field

The 2018 Travelers Championship players field is absolutely loaded. The lineup includes five of the top 10 players in the world, four of the last five major champions and the defending Travelers champ.

Here’s a look at some of the top players in the field:

Jordan Spieth

  • Last year’s finish: first
  • Official World Golf Ranking: fourth
  • 2018 season highlights: third at the Masterstied for third at the Houston Open

The rundown: Spieth hit one of the most memorable shots in recent tour history last year to clinch a Travelers victory. The Dallas native is back this year and is looking to pick up his first victory of 2018, and 12th of his career.

Last year was Spieth’s first go-around at Cromwell, and he was the wire-to-wire winner. He opened with a 63 on Thursday, and beat out Daniel Berger for the win in a dramatic sudden-death playoff.

Bubba Watson

  • Last year’s finish: missed cut
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 19th
  • 2018 season highlights: first at the Genesis Open, first at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technology Match Play, tied for fifth at the Masters

The rundown: Watson has won the Travelers Championship in a playoff twice (2010, 2015), so last year’s performance was a surprise. The two-time Masters champion is aiming for a third tour victory in 2018, which would be a first for him.

Justin Thomas

  • Last year’s finish: missed cut
  • Official World Golf Ranking: second
  • 2018 season highlights: first at the Honda Classicfirst at CJ Cup, second at World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

The rundown: Like Watson, Thomas’ weekend was cut short at last year’s Travelers Championship. But it didn’t seem to slow him down. A win at the PGA Championship helped make the 25-year-old the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year for 2017.

He fired an 8-under-par 62 in the final round of the 2016 Travelers to finish fourth.

Patrick Reed

  • Last year’s finish: fifth
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 13th
  • 2018 season highlights: first at the Masters, tied for second at the Valspar Championship

The rundown: Reed has enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2018. He won his first major at the Masters and has finished in the top 10 of six events so far.

He finished tied for fifth last year with Boo Weekley and Paul Casey. The year before, he finished 11th.

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Rory McIlroy

  • Last year’s finish: 17th
  • Official World Golf Ranking: sixth
  • 2018 season highlights: first at the Arnold Palmer Invitationaltied for fifth at the Masters

The rundown: McIlroy has finished top 10 three times this season, collecting his 14th tour victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Last season was McIlroy’s first time at the Travelers, and he finished 17th.

Zach Johnson

  • Last year’s finish: failed to make the cut
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 60th
  • 2018 season highlights: fifth at the Valero Texas Opentied for eighth at the RSM Classic

The rundown: Johnson has yet to win a tournament in 2018, and has a spotty history at the Travelers. In his last four trips to Cromwell, he’s missed the cut twice, finished 47th and finished 6th.

But the 42-year-old is a two-time major champion, winning the 2007 Masters and the 2015 British Open.

Charley Hoffman

  • Last year’s finish: third
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 36th
  • 2018 season highlights: tied for 12th at the Masters, tied for 14th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

The rundown: Hoffman is still searching for his first win since 2016 when he won the Valero Open. He’s had a solid season on the tour so far with five finishes in the top 25, but he’s yet to crack the top 10.

Hoffman is a frequent contender at the Travelers. He’s finished top 10 in three of the last five years, and as high as a two-way tie for second in 2012, when he finished one shot back of winner Marc Leishman.

Jason Day

The rundown: The Australian already has a pair of tour wins this year, and finished tied for fifth at the Players Championship back in early May.

Day finished tied for 14th in his Travelers debut in 2014. He shot a 72 and a 70 in the first two rounds last year and missed the cut. In the midst of a bounceback season, the third go-around might bring different results for Day.

Brooks Koepka

  • Last year’s finish: did not play
  • Official World Golf Ranking: ninth
  • 2018 season highlights: second at HSBC Championssecond at Fort Worth Invitational

The rundown: Koepka, one of the longest hitters on tour, won the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills for his first major championship. He’s still looking to regain the form that made him one of the tour’s breakout stars last year after missing significant time with a wrist injury.

He finished tied for ninth in the 2016 Travelers Championship and tied for 27th in 2014.

Jim Furyk

  • Last year’s finish: 26th
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 279th
  • 2018 season highlights: seventh at Valspar Championship, tied for 26th at Valero Texas Open

The rundown: The oldest player in the field at 48, Furyk shot a 12-under-par 58 in the final round to vault into a tie for fifth place while setting a tour record.

Paul Casey

  • Last year’s finish: tied for fifth
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 11th
  • 2018 season highlights: first at Valspar Championsip, tied for fifth at Wells Fargo Championship

The rundown: Casey, who’s spent time on the European Tour, only has two PGA Tour wins in his career — this year at the Valspar Championship, and in 2009 at the Shell Houston Open.

He was the runner-up to Watson at the 2015 Travelers Championship, losing in a playoff, and tied for 17th in 2016. Cromwell has been kind to Casey in recent history, and he’s be looking to record his first multi-win season.

Bryson DeChambeau

  • Last year’s finish: tied for 26th
  • Official World Golf Ranking: 22nd
  • 2018 season highlights: first at the Memorial Tournamentsecond at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

The rundown: DeChambeau collected his second career win earlier this month, beating two others in a playoff at the Memorial Tournament. Depending on how the U.S. Open goes, he’ll come in as one of the hottest players in the field.

He made his Travelers Championship debut in 2016, finishing 47th.

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