Travelers a top-notch tournament


Let’s be frank, the Travelers Championship does not have the most player-friendly, or for that matter media-friendly, position on the PGA Tour schedule. It falls the week after the national championship, which for many is a hazy hangover week after all the hype of the U.S. Open. But the Travelers Championship does not go quietly into the night. It steps up its presence across the board and embraces its strengths, reaches out to the media, and is determined to stand out and not get lost in the summer shuffle stretch of tournaments that spans between the Opens.

When I returned from Pebble Beach, waiting for me at my desk was a package from the Travelers Championship. Inside was a personal note from the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Travelers and the tournament director writing to express their hope that I would be able to join them in Connecticut to cover the tournament. In my five months at Golf Channel, this is the first time that I have received such a kind invitation from a tournament.

In the letter they wrote that each year the Travelers Championship focuses on delivering a world-class PGA Tour experience that raises significant dollars for charity.

I have had the opportunity to cover the event twice since 2007 and can attest it is a world-class experience. What they do for charity is inspiring as well, donating 100 percent of the tournament’s net proceeds to Connecticut charities. And while my duties this week have kept me in the studio, I’m pleased that Golf Channel has a large presence there this week. I’m also pleased to see a world-class leaderboard shaping up heading into the weekend, one that includes Justin Rose, Vijay Singh and the U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.