CROMWELL — The first PGA Tour stop in Connecticut was 60 years ago with the Insurance City Open at Wethersfield Country Club.

Now called the Travelers Championship, it has gone through some name and sponsor changes through the years.

But for many years its status as the most popular single sporting event in Connecticut has not changed. About 240,000 fans watched the tournament at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell last year. The competition, won by Freddie Jacobson, also was seen around the world on CBS.

Since 1952 when President Harry Truman was in office and gasoline was 20 cents a gallon, familiar golf names and greats such as Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson have won trophies.

From the tournament's humble start at Wethersfield CC in 1952 when the total purse was $15,000, to the $6 million showcase at TPC River Highlands, here are 60 distinctive events to remember before the tournament tees off Thursday:

01 Greater Hartford Junior Chamber of Commerce President Phil Sehl and vice president Ed May asked Rockledge CC-West Hartford owner Mike Sherman if his course would be the site of the first PGA tournament in Connecticut. But Sherman told The Courant: "We'd be happy to have it, but really, the only place it should be is at the `Club of Champions.' '' That was Wethersfield CC.

02 Travelers, Aetna Life Affiliated, Hartford Accident and Indemnity, Aetna Insurance Group, Hartford Fire, The National of Hartford, Phoenix-Connecticut Group and Hartford County Mutual Fire contributed a total of $7,500 in 1952 to the Greater Hartford Junior Chamber of Commerce for a chief fundraiser. It would be called the Insurance City Open

03 Attendance the first tournament day, Aug. 29, 1952, was estimated at 4,000. Attendance for the entire tournament was 20,000, despite three days of heavy rain.

04 Ted Kroll won the first title with a score of 273.

05 Tommy Bolt had 11 birdies and nine-hole scores of 30-30 for his tournament and Wethersfield CC record 60 in the second round in '54.

06 Bolt defeated Earl Stewart in the only 18-hole playoff in tournament history (67-70) in '54.

07 Amateur Bill Whedon from the CC of Farmington scored holes-in-one on the fifth and ninth in the first round in '55. He's the only amateur to record two holes-in-one in one round in PGA Tour history.

08 Sam Snead recorded the largest margin of victory (seven strokes) in '55.

09 Palmer won his first professional title in the U.S. in the '56 ICO (his first title was the Canadian Open in '55).

10 Before all of the technologically advanced drivers and golf balls, Jack Nicklaus displayed his power by driving the 404-yard par-4 fourth at Wethersfield CC in '63.

11 The next year Wethersfield CC's Jimmy Grant tied for second – the highest finish by an amateur in tournament history. He and Al Besselnk were one shot shy of Ken Venturi.

12 In '67, the tournament became known as the Greater Hartford Open.

13 Charlie Sifford won his first tour victory in '67. The performance was memorable, as he was the second African American to win on tour. The first was Pete Brown in the '64 Waco Open.

14 Billy Casper set the tournament record with four victories, all in a 10-year span: '63, '65, '68 and '73.

15 Trevino, who loved Wethersfield CC, beat Lee Elder in a playoff in '72 to take home the $25,000 first-place check.