For the second consecutive year, the recently-crowned US Open champion will put his talents on display for the golf faithful in Connecticut at the Travelers Championship.
In 2012, Webb Simpson kept his previous commitment to the tournament after winning the Open, and this year, Justin Rose will follow suit, as reported by the tournament director, Nathan Grube. Obviously, it is a huge draw for the local tournament to boast the previous week’s major champion in the field, so Grube was understandably thrilled when announcing that Rose would still be a part of the confirmed field for this week’s tournament.
There are just six top-20 players in the field including Rose, as he’ll be joined by Lee Westwood, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Ian Poulter, and Bubba Watson. However, Rose’s star has risen to the point where he can almost carry the field by himself, and that is especially true when the tournament tees off just 96 hours after he won his first major.
For the uninitiated, the Travelers Championship is actually a remake of the long-famed Greater Hartford Open, as the Tour picked the tournament back up in 2007. This will be the 61st straight year that the PGA will take its talent to Hartford, and that in itself makes the tournament much more high-profile than some other tour stops.
It remains to be seen whether Rose, who has been bombarded all week with media requests to the point where he surely can’t be focused on golf, will perform well in Hartford. Fortunately for tournament officials, it almost doesn’t matter, as he’ll appear for the two-day minimum, and that is certainly a positive thing.