The crew organizing the state's largest professional golf tournament, the Travelers Championship, might well be humming "Everything's Coming Up Roses." The newly crowned U.S. Open champion — Justin Rose — says he'll honor his pledge to play at the Cromwell course this week.
Winners of the Open find sudden new demands on their time that can cause them to take the week off. But Mr. Rose intends to tee up in a strong field that includes seven of the world's top 20 players, with Lee Westwood, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner vying for the winner's check of just over $1 million.
The tournament, which brings fans by the thousands to the TPC River Highlands course, appears to have also landed the driest, sunniest weather forecast in weeks (that is, except for Tuesday's 40 percent chance of rain). Extraordinary competition and perfect weather should bolster the standing of this premier competition, which only a few years ago was struggling to find a sponsor and stay on the PGA Tour.
A year of elaborate planning teed it all up. Thanks to the volunteers and especially The Travelers Cos. for serving as title sponsor since 2007 for the tournament founded 61 years ago by the Greater Hartford Jaycees as the Insurance City Open.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun