A dozen PGA Tour players to watch – Hartford Courant

The 32-year-old is back in action following Harris English’s historic 8-hole playoff victory at the 2021 Travelers Championship.

The field of players includes 12 of the official world top 20, but the field is also affected by the PGA’s feud with the newly created LIV Golf Tour. Previous commitments Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau were suspended from PGA events after signing with LIV.

The 2022 course features many of the biggest names in the PGA, as well as Travelers history, including No. 20 Abraham Anser, who recorded two hole-in-ones at TPC River Heights. Ancer did just that in 2020, hitting his first shot on the 16th hole and hitting it again on the 8th hole in 2021.

Here are some of the top names in this year’s tournament:

After four wins and eight top 10 finishes in the 2022 season, Schaeffler currently sits at the top of both the world rankings and the FedEx Cup standings. The 25-year-old reigning Masters champion, who has competed in Travellers twice, has his best finish (47th) in 2021.

Scheffler had four wins in seven weeks earlier in the season but has cooled recently.

McIlroy made headlines before defending the PGA Tour at the U.S. Open, and the evening he questioned LIV Golf’s impact on the sport less than a week after he won the Canadian Open.

Currently No. 3, the four-time Grand Slam champion has finished in the top 20 at all three Travelers Championships he has played in. In his most recent appearance, in 2020, McIlroy was tied for 11th.

In addition to being eliminated at the PGA Championship in May, world No. 3 Cantlay has finished in the top three in each of the past four events. His only win of the season was a first-place finish at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in April. He was the Traveler’s highlight at age 19 when he shot a second-round 60 in 2011 — his first at the event in seven years. Cantlay has ranked in the top 15 of Travellers for the past four years, most recently at No. 13 in 2021.

After missing the cut in 2020, Thomas will return for his eighth appearance. His 2022 PGA Championship victory was his second major title. Thomas is fifth in the world rankings, third in the FedExCup standings and has finished in the top 10 nine times this season. The 29-year-old’s best finish with the Travelers came in 2016, when he tied for third.

The 24-year-old Norwegian is ranked No. 8 in the world and made his debut in the 2019 tournament. He finished 54th, but followed with 11th in 2020. Hofland is already ranked 3rd in the world in 2022.

Burns made his fourth appearance, with his best finish coming in 2021, when he was tied for 13th. Before that, the No. 9 player was No. 24 in 2020 and No. 43 in 2019. Burns is currently No. 2 in the FedExCup standings with 2,223 points from three wins and eight top-10 finishes. Most recently, Burns beat Scheffler in the playoffs to win the Charles Schwab Challenge in May.

With top-two finishes in the majors, the 2018 Open and the 2019 Masters, Schauffele became the first American since 1900 to win an Olympic gold medal in 2021. The 28-year-old will make his fourth appearance for the Travelers. His best finish was in 2017, when he was tied for 14th.

The 25-year-old garnered international attention after finishing second at the 2021 Masters. Zara Torres has six top-10 finishes in the majors, 14th, and 13th in the FedExCup standings, with seven top-10 finishes.

Finau has finished in the top five at all majors, with his best finish being a third at the 2019 British Open. The 2022 Traveler will be his seventh race at the TPC River Heights. He has three top-25 finishes but has failed to make the cut in the past three races.

A win this season at the Genesis Invitational in February helped Neiman move up to 18th in the FedExCup standings. At 23, Niemann won two PGA events. In three games for the Travelers, Neiman’s best came in 2019, when he tied for fifth.

Although a four-time Grand Slam champion, Koepka is one of the most recognizable names in the field of early travelers, but he has yet to come out on top at Cromwell. This will be his sixth time at the event, having finished in the top 10 in both 2016 (T9) and 2021 (T5). After two top-10 finishes in just 14 games this season, he is now No. 19 in the world and No. 84 in the FedExCup standings.

The 2022 tournament will mark Bradley’s 12th consecutive appearance in Connecticut. He never won the event, but finished tied for second behind Chez Reavie in 2019.

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