Travelers Announces the Start of the 2017 Travelers Championship

HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV)
today announced the start of the 2017 Travelers Championship at TPC
River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Many of the PGA TOUR’s top
players will compete, including Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth,
Justin Thomas, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson,
Jim Furyk, two-time winner Bubba Watson and defending champion Russell

The Opening Ceremony begins today at 9 a.m. at the Memorial Garden at
TPC River Highlands, with remarks from:

  • Alan Schnitzer, Chief Executive Officer of Travelers;
  • Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative
    Officer of Travelers;
  • Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy;
  • PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan; and
  • Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship Tournament Director.

The event will include a special ceremony dedicating the Memorial Garden
in memory of Jay S. Fishman, the former Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Travelers. The space includes plaques honoring former winners
of the Travelers Championship who have passed away. A plaque recognizing
two-time Travelers Championship winner Arnold Palmer has been added this

“We are proud to once again host some of the best golfers in the world
at the Travelers Championship and generate funds for hundreds of
charities throughout the region,” Schnitzer said. “We view our title
sponsorship as a great responsibility to the community, and we wouldn’t
be able to deliver a world-class event without the tremendous support
from the PGA TOUR, its players, the tournament’s sponsors, the thousands
of volunteers and, of course, the fans.”

The Travelers Championship donates 100 percent of its net proceeds to
charity and has generated more than $36 million since the event began in
1952. Since Travelers became title sponsor in 2007, almost $13 million
has been donated to more than 600 nonprofit organizations throughout New

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, is returning as
the tournament’s primary beneficiary. It provides a traditional summer
camp experience for children facing serious illnesses. The Hospital for
Special Care (HSC) in New Britain, Connecticut, which treats more than
250 Connecticut residents with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), was
named last year’s primary beneficiary in honor of Jay Fishman. HSC will
continue to have a strong presence, with a chalet on Corporate Row
donated by the tournament to accommodate the needs of ALS patients.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and HSC have been designated this year’s
Honorary Co-Chairs.

Special events will take place throughout the week, including the always
exciting contest where pros compete during Tuesday’s practice round for
the first hole in one or closest to the pin at The Umbrella at 15½ — a
40-foot-wide floating green in the shape of the Travelers red umbrella
logo. The winner receives $10,000 for the charity of his choice.

Celebrities will show their support during events like the Travelers
Celebrity Pro-Am June 21 and Women’s Day June 22. Broadway star
Christopher Jackson of “Hamilton” fame, actor/comedian Kevin Nealon,
ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield,
10-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen and other celebrities will participate in
Wednesday’s Pro-Am. Designer and entrepreneur Tory Burch and chef and TV
personality Andrew Zimmern from “Bizarre Foods” will headline Women’s

Competition rounds of the Travelers Championship will be June 22–25.
Golf Channel will provide live coverage from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT
Thursday and Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EDT.
CBS will have coverage from 3 to 6 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the Travelers Championship, follow the
tournament on Twitter,
and Instagram,
or visit

About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV)
is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto,
and business.
A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has
approximately 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately
$28 billion in 2016. For more information, visit


Michael Whitmer, 860-277-2010