McIlroy commits to play Travelers for first time

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Rory McIlroy has committed to play the Travelers Championship for the first time.

The event in Cromwell, Conn., is scheduled for June 22-25, the week after the U.S. Open.

McIlroy’s appearance at the Travelers will satisfy the Tour’s new strength of field regulation, which states that a player must add at least one tournament he has not participated in during the previous four seasons.

“I’m delighted that the Travelers Championship is part of my schedule this year,” he said in a release. “It’ll be such a great experience. The course should really set up well for my game and I’m really looking forward to teeing it up there in June against some of the Tour’s best players.”

The Travelers will be part of a busy stretch for McIlroy. He will play five times in a six-week stretch, including starts at the Irish Open and Scottish Open leading into The Open.

It was also announced on Friday that McIlroy will compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, March 16-19.