CROMWELL, Conn. – When Jordan Spieth pulled out of the bunker in the 18th hole in a sudden-dead playoff against Daniel Berger to win last year's Travelers Championship, his wedge and chest with caddy Michael Greller became one of the PGA Tour's most memorable Moments
Spieth, who appeared on the video of TPC Sawgrass, the Players Championship page this week, told Travelers Media Day that he will be back next month to defend his title.
For someone who is under 25 years old by the end of July and already shy away from a PGA Championship before the Grand Slam career, last year's hiring is one that stayed with him.
"I posted on Instagram, somehow included the various videos that were received by fans and audiences and had a reaction that was just crazy," said Spieth. "I do not know if I'll ever have such a moment in my golfing career, it really was, in a span of 1
After the hiring, Spieth could feel how the ground shook. It was his first trip to TPC River Highlands and he immediately liked the course and opened with a 7 under par 63.
"I really fell in love with this Back Nine," he said. "I thought it would be fun to play nine, you could shoot 29. It's an achievable, really achievable par 5, another passable par 4, lots of wedge holes."
Next to Spieth, Masters Champion Patrick Reed, PGA Championship and FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy Also Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk, who scored the lowest score in the PGA history in the Travelers 2016 final round, have signed up.
The tournament has grown considerably since the acquisition of Traveler as the title sponsor in 2007, the week following the US Open just because that was the only date on the schedule provided. Winning a top player in a week is usually a tricky undertaking, but the tournament organizers have taken on the challenge.
"We were nervous and everyone told us it was going to be a very tough date," tournament director Nathan Grube said. "We got people to say it, but why? Help us understand why it's a difficult date, so we talked to the players, the media, the caddies, what is it, we started, to take apart the various reasons we heard and find solutions for them. "
They now offer almost all the amenities, starting with a free charter flight for players and their families from the US Open website. The aim is to create a relaxed atmosphere for the families.
"We've created a brand with the players, their families, the coaches, the therapist, to take care of them and say, look, you're from an absolutely crazy week, come here and we'll take care of you" said Pit. "We're building one of the best exercise facilities on tour, we're going to renovate the course to make sure it's as good as possible, the clubhouse will be demolished and built after the tournament this year (a 32,000 square foot clubhouse)."  Pit said in about five years that the tournament went from the struggle for survival to the question of how happy they were with their place in 2024.
Her efforts were rewarded at the PGA last December. The tour management meetings of the tour were voted Tournament of the Year, Players' Choice and Most Fan Friendly.
Spieth admitted that the atmosphere is different from other stops on tour.
"The golf course is tailor-made for a fun ninth, which can be challenging, but you have many viewpoints," he said. "They have a lot of artificial amphitheater settings around the greens, where you, especially the last four holes, can gather so many people who are able to be in the shot with you instead of having four or four is five, you pretend it's four or five high, everyone is on top of you and you feel like you're in a stadium, it's unique in that sense. "That's what this exciting one is Roars, and that's what gives that extra energy to the guys, where you can take a 62 and turn it into a 58, or those amazing finishes like Bubba and Russell Knox and I had the last hole. You just feel like you really want to have it in front of the stadium. "