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2020 Travelers Championship: Top stars highlight featured groups

Who's who of PGA Tour turns out in Hartford area for 3rd event since season restart amid coronavirus pandemic

The Travelers Championship will show off its strongest field in tournament history.

The event, founded in 1952 and steeped in the insurance industry’s heritage in the Hartford, Conn., area, announced its featured pairings Monday for this week’s event at TPC River Highlands. With the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking in the field, the Travelers will show off plenty of star power.

Tee times are expected to be announced Tuesday for the first round, which begins Thursday.

The Travelers will be the third tournament since the PGA Tour restarted its season earlier this month amid the coronavirus pandemic, and spectators will be barred from attending.

The featured groups:

Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson: DeChambeau has posted top-10 results in his past five starts, including a T-8 last week at the RBC Heritage. McIlroy, who is No. 1 in the world, has won twice (2011 U.S. Open and 2019 Players) when paired with Mickelson, whose 44 Tour victories include the 2001 and 2002 titles at what was then the Greater Hartford Open.

Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas: Koepka, a four-time major champion, remains No. 4 in the world after his first top-10 result of the year, a seventh-place finish at Hilton Head. Schauffele, No. 10 in the world and a two-time runner-up this season, and Thomas, who is No. 3 in the OWGR, complete a powerful all-American three-ball.

Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie and Webb Simpson: Rahm, who is No. 2 in the world, owns four top-10s in seven starts this season. Reavie, the defending champion, had gone 3,983 days between victories on Tour. Simpson rolls into New England at No. 5 in the world after he birdied five of his last seven holes to win the RBC Heritage.

Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth: Though he ranks No. 6 in the world, Johnson has struggled with consistency this season before four rounds in the 60s last week produced positive signs and a T-17 result. Morikawa enters with a streak of 22 made cuts in as many starts as a professional on the PGA Tour, second to start a career in the past 30 years only to Tiger Woods’ 25. Though Spieth has dropped to 55th in the world, he can start his climb back to the top of the game with good vibes from a hole-out bunker shot at the 18th hole at TPC River Highlands to defeat Daniel Berger and win a playoff for the 2017 Travelers title.

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