Less than one week after Jordan Spieth's U.S. Open victory, some of the world's best are again at the forefront of the golf universe at the 2015 Travelers Championship.
With more than $6 million in prize money and a chance to climb the FedEx Cup ranks with 500 points while many of the premier golfers are taking a weekend off following Chambers Bay, there's plenty on the line this weekend. The TPC River Highlands will welcome big names like Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Louis Oosthuizen, who aspire to build their confidence prior to July's British Open.
Let's get ready for Thursday by looking at all of the pertinent information.
2015 Travelers Championship
Dates: Thursday, June 25, to Sunday, June 28
Prize Money: $6.4 million (winning share: $1.152 million)
Thursday-Friday TV Info: 3:30-6:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
Saturday-Sunday TV Info: 1-2:30 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m. ET, CBS
Day 1 Notable Tee Times
|Tee #||Time (ET)||Golfer||Golfer||Golfer|
|10||7 a.m.||Sean O'Hair||Russell Knox||Nicholas Thompson|
|1||7:20 a.m.||Paul Casey||Chris Stroud||Luke Guthrie|
|1||7:40 a.m.||Matt Jones||Luke Donald||David Toms|
|10||7:50 a.m.||Kevin Streelman||Sergio Garcia||Keegan Bradley|
|10||8 a.m.||Brandt Snedeker||Billy Horschel||Ernie Els|
|10||9 a.m.||Steven Alker||Mark Hubbard||Jean-Philip Cornellier|
|1||12:55 p.m.||Padraig Harrington||Harris English||Ken Duke|
|1||1:05 p.m.||Patrick Reed||Louis Oosthuizen||Branden Grace|
|1||1:15 p.m.||Bubba Watson||Hunter Mahan||Zach Johnson|
|1||1:45 p.m.||Marc Leishman||Will MacKenzie||Tim Wilkinson|
Information via PGATour.com
When Spieth celebrated his U.S. Open title Sunday at Chambers Bay, there were four weeks from that point until the next major would be celebrated. In essence, there's no time to lose your form on the golf course.
Above all else, that's what makes this weekend's Travelers Championship important in the grand scope of things. And that's why, despite coming off a taxing weekend, many of golf's top names are still heading to Cromwell, Connecticut.
But in retrospect, the golfer with the most eyes on him comes in off three weeks of rest.
Kevin Streelman didn't qualify for the U.S. Open, but he comes in off last year's record-breaking performance that included 10 one-putts and seven straight birdies in his final round.
He comes back a legend in 2015, as the tournament's Twitter showed:
Of course, the interest of Streelman returning to a tournament he recently dominated won't quell the sizzle of a few golfers hoping to turn some U.S. Open ups and downs into something tangible for the rest of the year.
Among them is Patrick Reed, who rose to prominence at Chambers Bay and entered moving day with a share of the lead before fading over the weekend. He's yet to fully grasp the moment on a major stage, but the four-time PGA Tour winner will be a first-ballot favorite for the Travelers.
Sergio Garcia is another name likely to be in the mix Sunday, and he should come in confident after closing his U.S. Open with a final-round 68. He finished just behind Streelman at last year's event and is already preparing for the action:
The British Open, the year's second-to-last major, begins in three weeks. Time is running out to build confidence on the course and against fellow competitors.
Don't think many of the top golfers in the mix at the Travelers aren't thinking about that in the back of their heads as they gear up for this one.