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CROMWELL, CT - AUGUST 07: Russell Knox of Scotland hits his shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TCP River Highlands on August 7, 2016 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Travelers Championship 2017: Preview, Schedule, Power Rankings And More

The 2017 Travelers Championship, part of the PGA Tour, kicks off at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut this week, and some of the world’s top golfers have already gathered to play a practice round on Tuesday. They will also play a preliminary round on Wednesday.

Travelers Championship 2017 Preview and Schedule Info

The Travelers purse for 2017 is $6.8 million, with the winner set to take $1.224 million ($200,000 more than last year’s purse).

TPC River Highlands is still a stock par 70 and is 6,841 yards long. This year, 156 golfers will compete on the course.

According to the PGA Tour’s website, here are the Power Rankings for the 2017 Travelers Championship based on the following players’ performance at this year’s U.S. Open, which finished in Erin Hills, Wisconsin on Sunday (Brooks Koepka won the Open for his first-ever major title):

1) Justin Thomas

2) Paul Casey

3) Brandt Snedeker

4) Marc Leishman

5) Rory McIlroy

6) Charley Hoffman

7) Brendan Steele

8) Jordan Spieth

9) Brian Harman

10) Jason Day

11) Daniel Berger

12) Patrick Reed

13) Bubba Watson

14) Graham DeLaet

15) Tony Finau

How can you watch the Travelers Championship this year? Here is all the info you need for the tournament, the first round of which officially begins on Thursday (June 22):

Thursday, June 22 / Friday, June 23

TV: Golf Channel, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET

Streaming:

PGA Tour Live Featured Groups, ~7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

PGA Tour Live Featured Holes, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Golf Channel simulcast stream, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, June 24 / Sunday, June 25

TV: Golf Channel, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET; CBS, 3 to 6 p.m. ET

Streaming:

PGA Tour Live Featured Holes, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET

Golf Channel simulcast stream, 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET

PGA Tour Live/CBS simulcast stream, 3 to 6 p.m. ET

Here is the full schedule for the tournament:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017:

PRACTICE ROUND FOR PGA TOUR PROFESSIONALS
All Day | TPC River Highlands

PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCHES
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | The Karl Krapek Family Learning Links
Six local teams compete in PGA Junior league matches.

FARMINGTON BANK FAMILY DAY
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | TPC River Highlands Practice Facility
Join us for a fun-filled day of golf activities during the Farmington Bank Family Day. Family Day will once again feature a variety of golf vendors brought to you by Chris Cote’s Golf Shop. Kids 15 and under are free with a ticketed adult.

OPERATION SHOWER PRESENTED BY CONNECTICARE®
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | The First Tee of Connecticut David & Geri Epstein Learning Center
The Travelers Championship will host a special baby shower for 40 expectant military moms with the support of ConnectiCare®. Each of the moms will be showered with gifts from local and national sponsors. Travelers is also a supporting sponsor of this event. The event will feature celebrity host, Rosie Pope. *Invitation Required.

EVERSOURCE PGA TOUR PLAYER EXPERIENCE FOR JUNIOR GOLFERS
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | The Karl Krapek Family Learning Links & TPC River Highlands Practice Facility
We are pleased to announce that the Eversource PGA TOUR Player Experience for Junior Golfers is back for 2017. This experience will again include an enhanced schedule and greater opportunity for junior golfers to interact with PGA TOUR professionals.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017:

TRAVELERS CELEBRITY PRO-AM
Morning Tee Times | 6:50 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. and Afternoon Tee Times | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am features PGA TOUR professionals and celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment along with amateur golfers, providing a unique experience for all.

KIRK AND CALLAHAN SHOW
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Travelers Championship Radio Deck
WEEI’s morning talk show from Boston will broadcast live from TPC River Highlands on WEEI. The show will feature interviews from PGA TOUR professionals, tournament officials and celebrities.

BIRDIES FOR THE BRAVE MILITARY CADDIE PROGRAM
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 17th Hole
Through the support of Trinity Health Of New England, the Travelers Championship will offer a special Military Caddie Program on Wednesday for active duty military. Military Service Members will have the opportunity to go inside the ropes and caddie for a PGA TOUR professional on the 17th hole during the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am. All caddies will wear Birdies for the Brave branded camouflage caddie bibs and get to experience a PGA TOUR event “inside the ropes.”

FARMINGTON BANK CELEBRITY MINI GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. | MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone/Farmington Bank Kids Zone
The Farmington Bank Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament will take place on the Mini Golf Course in the Farmington Bank Kids Zone. Hosted by Tim Wakefield, Renee DiNino from iHeart Communities will emcee the event. Special guests will include Dane DeHaan and Tyler Hoechlin. The event will consist of two waves: 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. On-air personalities from the local and national media and special guests are invited to compete for a chance to designate a donation to the charity of their choice. $2,500 will be donated to the winning teams’ charity for each shotgun.

OFF-SITE PRO-AM
10:00 a.m. | GreatHorse, Hampden, MA
This off-site Pro-Am is an exclusive event where guests will be playing with a PGA TOUR professional during Travelers Championship week at dramatic GreatHorse. Participating in this unique experience will ultimately provide guests with an inside look at what it takes to play on the PGA TOUR. In addition to a day of golf, participants will enjoy a post-play reception at the GreatHorse Clubhouse.

102.9 THE WHALE LIVE BROADCASTS
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Across from the Merchandise Tent

WFAN 660 PRESENTS THE JOE & EVAN SHOW
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Clubhouse Patio
WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts will broadcast live from TPC River Highlands.

FEDEX JUNIOR BUSINESS CHALLENGE
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | The First Tee of Connecticut David & Geri Epstein Learning Center
A program in conjunction with the PGA TOUR, students ranging from 15-18 years old will pitch their team’s business concept to a panel of judges consisting of a PGA TOUR player and a variety of successful business leaders. The panel will evaluate each team’s business pitch and select one JA Company to move onto the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Finals in September.

Thursday, June 22, 2017:

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND
Morning Tee Times | 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and Afternoon Tee Times | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The First Round of the 2017 Travelers Championship begins on Thursday, with PGA TOUR Professionals teeing off in groups of three on holes no. 1 and no. 10.

WDRC PRESENTS THE BRAD AND DAN SHOW
5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Patriots’ Outpost
Brad Davis and Dan Lovallo will interview tournament officials, key partners and outpost guests while broadcasting their talk show live from the Patriots’ Outpost.

WOMEN’S DAY PRESENTED BY TRAVELERS
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Pro-Am Tent
The eighth annual Women’s Day presented by Travelers will feature global entrepreneur Tory Burch and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern for a sold out breakfast. The day will also feature tours of the Golf Channel studios, golf clinics geared specifically for women (1:00 p.m. on the practice facility), preferred bleacher seating and discounts in the merchandise tent.

HYPE’S TEE IT UP FOR CHARITY
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Pro-Am Tent
Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) will host a special reception at the Travelers Championship, which will raise money for local charities including First Tee of Connecticut, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England and KNOX.

LIBERTY BANK CONCERT SERIES FEATURING DRAKE WHITE AND THE BIG FIRE
Approx. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone
Live Music After Play! After the last putt drops, stay for the live concert and enjoy great music to end the day.

Friday, June 23, 2017:

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND
Morning Tee Times | 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and Afternoon Tee Times | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
During the Second Round of the 2017 Travelers Championship, PGA TOUR Professionals will tee off in groups of three on holes no. 1 and no. 10. Check back during tournament week for the official tee times and pairings.

SPORTS INNERVIEW WITH ANN LIGUORI
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Clubhouse Patio
Heard weekly across the region, Ann interviews authors, athletes, coaches, celebrities and experts on all sorts of topics pertaining to sports, fitness and wellness. “Sports Innerview” is the longest-running sports show hosted, owned and produced by a woman.

K9S FOR WARRIORS PRESENTED BY STRYKER
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Patriots’ Outpost
The Travelers Championship will host a special presentation by Stryker. Stryker will continue to give a new leash on life to military heroes by sponsoring service canines and empowering veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. On Friday, June 23, you’re invited to Stryker’s military appreciation ceremony during the Travelers Championship, where Stryker will present a vest and $20,000 donation for the sponsorship of a service dog to K9s For Warriors.

AFTERNOONS WITH TODD FEINBURG
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole Sponsor Club
The WTIC Newstalk 1080 afternoon show will broadcast live from the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole Sponsor Club on Friday of tournament week. Todd talks about everything relevant and relatable to the local community, its residents, and businesses.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP THIRD ROUND
Tee Times | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
During the Third Round of the 2017 Travelers Championship, PGA TOUR Professionals will tee off in groups of two on hole no. 1 and their tee time is based on their current place on the leaderboard heading into the weekend. The tee times are structured with the leaders teeing off last on Saturday and each group before them being the closest in position to the lead.

THE FIRST TEE OF CONNECTICUT PATRON’S BREAKFAST
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | The First Tee of Connecticut David & Geri Epstein Learning Center
Registration opens at 8:30a.m.  | Program runs from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The First Tee of Connecticut will hold a private event on Saturday morning in The First Tee of Connecticut David & Geri Epstein Learning Center. This event will honor past and current donors of The First Tee of Connecticut and showcase The First Tee facilities.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY SPONSORED BY HARTFORD HEALTHCARE
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Pro-Am Tent
This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Party will take place on Saturday evening and will feature Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ and NoRA Cupcake Company.  In show of appreciation for the volunteers, door prizes will be given away. The 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award will also be presented, along with other volunteer awards. Thanks to Hartford HealthCare for supporting the volunteer party!

LIBERTY BANK CONCERT SERIES FEATURING GIN BLOSSOMS
Approx. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone
Live Music After Play! After the last putt drops, stay for the live concert and enjoy great music to end the day.

Sunday, June 25, 2017:

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ROUND
Tee Times | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
In the Final Round of the 2017 Travelers Championship, PGA TOUR Professionals will tee off in groups of two on hole no. 1 and their tee time is based on their current place on the leaderboard after the Third Round. The leader at the end of the round will be crowned the champion of the 2017 Travelers Championship.

PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH 18-HOLE STROLL
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Pro-Am Tent
The Pancreatic Cancer Research 18-Hole Stroll will take place on Sunday around the golf course at TPC River Highlands. This event raises money for the Lustgarten Foundation’s pancreatic cancer research.

CLOSING CEREMONY
Approx. 6:00 p.m. | 18th Green
The 2017 Travelers Championship will conclude with a ceremony on the 18th green where the champion is awarded the tournament trophy and $1.224 million.

Finally, here are the odds for the 2017 Travelers’ Championship, per Bovada:

Jordan Spieth: 8/1
Rory McIlroy: 9/1
Jason Day: 10/1
Justin Thomas: 10/1
Paul Casey: 20/1
Brandt Snedeker: 28/1
Patrick Reed: 28/1
Brian Harman: 33/1
Bubba Watson: 33/1
Marc Leishman: 33/1
Daniel Berger: 33/1
Brendan Steele: 35/1
Bud Cauley: 45/1
Kyle Stanley: 45/1
Graham Delaet: 50/1
Webb Simpson: 50/1
Zach Johnson: 60/1

CROMWELL, CT – AUGUST 07: Russell Knox of Scotland hits his shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TCP River Highlands on August 7, 2016 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

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Written by Pablo Mena