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McIlroy coming back, announces return to The Travelers in 2018

HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 31, 2018 – Rory McIlroy commits to the 2018 Travelers Championship. That was the sweet news announced by the championship today in a press release. McIlroy, a four-time major champion with 13 PGA Tour victories, made his initial appearance at The Travelers Championship with a tie for 17th in 2017. He closed with a 64 at TPC River Highlands, his best score of the week.

“I made the comment after last year’s tournament that I would definitely be back, and I’m delighted that my 2018 schedule will allow me to do that,” McIlroy said. “I love everything about the Travelers Championship: the golf course, the positive impact it has on the community and the support we receive from the fans.”

McIlroy speaking to the media prior to the 2017 Travelers.

McIlroy speaking to the media prior to the 2017 Travelers.

McIlroy has become one of the biggest draws in golf. After a remarkable amateur career, he turned professional in 2007 and has since won 22 tournaments around the world, including the 2011 U.S. Open, 2014 Open Championship and the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship. He will attempt to complete the career Grand Slam at this year’s Masters. McIlroy was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014, and in 2016 he won the season-long FedExCup points title.

McIlroy, a 28-year-old from Northern Ireland, has held the world’s No. 1 ranking for 95 weeks, and is currently ranked No. 8.

“We loved having Rory play in last year’s Travelers Championship, and we’re so thankful and excited that he’s decided to come back,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “Rory had so many wonderful things to say about his experience, especially when it came to the fans. I know they’ll be rooting for him to have another great week this June.”

The 2018 Travelers Championship will be held June 18-24 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. The tournament website is


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The Best Golf Teachers in Connecticut

Golf Digest’s The Best Teachers In Your State 2017-2018

(As ranked by their peers, from Golf Digest November 2017)


1.) Suzy Whaley, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell

2.) George Connor, Farmington Woods Golf Club, Avon

3.) Paul Ramee, Bull's Bridge Golf Club, South Kent

4.) Kammy Maxfeldt, Birchwood C.C., Westport

5.) Ken Doyle, Hop Meadow C.C., Simsbury

6.) Dave Bove, Tashua Knolls G. Cse., Trumbull

7.) Chet Dunlop, Burlington Golf Center

8.) Mike Summa, Stanwich Club, Greenwich

9.) Jessica Carafiello, Innis Arden Golf Club, Old Greenwich

10.) Ron Beck, Fox Hopyard Golf Club, East Haddam

11.) Tom Henderson, Round Hill Club, Greenwich

12.) John Nowobilski, Tallwood C.C., Hebron

13.) Brian Hussey, Rock Ridge C.C., Newtown

14.) John Vitale, GolfTEC, West Hartford

15.) David Pianki, Tower Ridge C.C., Simsbury


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Premier events in 2018

PGA Tour

June 21-24, The Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, recipient of the tour's Tournament of the Year Award for 2017.

2018 Connecticut State Golf Association Championships (tentative) (For more information on the events, go to and click on the 2018 Championship Schedule link on the home page.)

April 30, Two Man Team Championship, Black Hall Club, Old Lyme

May 3, 47th Julius Boros Challenge Cup, New Haven Country Club, Hamden

May 21 & 22, 15th Russell C. Palmer Cup, Country Club of Farmington

May 29 & 30, 20th Connecticut Women's Open, Innis Arden Golf Club, Old Greenwich

June 4-8, 116th Connecticut Amateur Championship, Country Club of Waterbury

July 9-12, 77th Connecticut Junior Amateur, Watertown Golf Club

July 24, 81st Mixed Team Championship, Torrington Country Club

July 25, PGA-CSGA Junior Four-Ball Championship, Keney Park Golf Course, Windsor

July 26, 78th Four-Ball Championship, The Course at Yale, New Haven

July 30-August 1, 84th Connecticut Open Championship, New Haven Country Club, Hamden

August 6, 22nd Super Senior Championship, Simsbury Farms Golf Course

August 27 & 28, 31st Connecticut Mid-Amateur, Richter Park Golf Course, Danbury

September 4, 13th Tournament of Champions, Bull's Bridge Golf Club, South Kent

September 10, 22nd Jerry Courville, Sr. Memorial, Shorehaven Golf Club, Norwalk

October 1 & 2, 73rd Connecticut Senior Amateur, Shorehaven Golf Club, Norwalk

October 16 & 17, 85th Tri-State Matches, Oyster Harbors Club (MA)

USGA Qualifying Schedule in Connecticut (tentative)

May 7, 118th U.S. Open (LQR), Great River Golf Club, Milford

July 23, 118th U.S. Amateur, Redding Country Club

July 25, 64th U.S. Senior Amateur, Fairview Farm Golf Course, Harwinton

August 9, 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur, Hop Meadow Country Club, Simsbury

2018 New England Golf Association Schedule (tentative)

July 17-19, 89th New England Amateur, Portland (Maine) Country Club

August 12-14, New England Junior Invitational, Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club

September 18-19, 21st New England Senior Amateur Championship, Burlington (VT) Country Club



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