6 Surprising US Open Contenders Who Can Win the Travelers Championship

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6 Surprising US Open Contenders Who Can Win the Travelers Championship
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It's not always easy for a professional golf tournament to attract a stellar field of players the week after a major, but the Travelers Championship has done a pretty good job of it. Again.

Since 1952, when it was known as the Insurance City Open, previous winners have included names like Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson.

TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn, is the site for this week's PGA Tour stop. It's a cross-country jaunt from the US Open site, the Olympic Club in San Francisco, but it's a welcome relief in terms of difficulty as the players will face one of the shortest and easiest courses on the tour schedule.

It's also an event that consistently attracts one of the tour's largest galleries of the year.

Masters champion Bubba Watson is here. So is PGA champ Keegan Bradley, Players Championship winner Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson and many more familiar names.

Patrick Cantlay, who bade farewell to his amateur status this week, will make his professional debut here as well.

Also in the field are a number of players that are immediately familiar because they were last seen on the leader board at the US Open.

Here are six surprising US Open contenders who can carry forward their momentum from last week to win the Travelers Championship this week.

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