Olympians Watson, Reed, Kuchar grouped at Travelers


Golf fans can get an Olympic sneak peek this week at the Travelers Championship. Here is a look at a few marquee groups to keep an eye on at TPC River Highlands, where Bubba Watson will be joined by a few fellow Olympians as he looks to defend his title (all times ET):

8 a.m. Thursday, 1:15 p.m. Friday: Brooks Koepka, J.J. Henry, Kevin Streelman

Koepka nearly didn't play in last week's PGA Championship because of a bum ankle, but he finished T-4 despite the pain and now heads to Connecticut where he'll play the first two rounds alongside a pair of former champs. Henry won this event back in 2006, while Streelman rode a late birdie run to a victory back in 2014.

8:10 a.m. Thursday, 1:25 p.m. Friday: Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen

Bradley returns to New England in search of form, especially on the greens, and he'll look to find it while playing alongside a pair of fellow major champs. A fifth-place finish at Congressional is the lone highlight of late for Els, while Oosthuizen has top-25 finishes in three of his last four starts, including a pair of majors.

1:15 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday: Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas

Furyk missed most of this season with a wrist injury, but he got things back on track quickly with a runner-up at Oakmont and hasn't missed a cut since. He'll be joined by Johnson, who is back outside the top 20 for the first time since his Open win despite five top-20 finishes in his last six starts. Rounding out the trio is Thomas, who hasn't cracked the top 10 since his T-3 finish at TPC Sawgrass.

1:15 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday: Branden Grace, J.B. Holmes, Luke Donald

Grace nearly rallied for his first major championship win on Sunday, but his T-4 result still was enough to bring him back inside the OWGR top 10. He'll be joined by the long-hitting Holmes, eager to wrap up his spot for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, while Donald will look to rekindle the form that once took him to world No. 1 on a track that rewards accurate ball-striking.

1:25 p.m. Thursday, 8:10 a.m. Friday: Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar

While Rickie Fowler is packing his bags for Rio, the other three U.S. Olympians are all playing this week's event and will play the first 36 holes together. Watson eyes his third win at this event since 2010, while Kuchar looks to bounce back from a rare missed cut at the PGA Championship and Reed looks to play his way off the Ryder Cup bubble after fading from contention at Baltusrol.