HARTFORD - Rory McIlroy didnâ€™t get a chance to play at TPC River Highlands back in June
Due to the PGA Tourâ€™s new scheduling format, the current No. 2 golfer in the world and recent FedEx Cup champion opted not to participate in the Connecticut tournament with the U.S. Open across the country the week before in Pebble Beach, California.
Thatâ€™ll change next year.
The Travelers Championship announced Wednesday the four-time major winner will return to Cromwell for the 2020 tournament.
â€śI really missed playing at TPC River Highlands this year, so Iâ€™m looking forward to coming back in 2020,â€ť McIlroy said in a statement. â€śThe Travelers Championship is one of the best events on the PGA Tour, with a tremendous atmosphere, great fans, an awesome practice facility and now a new clubhouse that I canâ€™t wait to see.â€ť
Even without an appearance at TPC River Highlands, it was quite the season for the Northern Irishman. McIlroy is coming off one his best years on Tour. In addition to is 14 top-10 finishes in 19 starts and his second FedEx Cup title, the 30-year-old took home trophies at The Players Championship, the RBC Canadian Open and the Tour Championship. McIlroyâ€™s average of 69.06 this season led the Tour.
McIlroy made his Travelers Championship debut in 2017, when he tied for 17th. He then tied for 12th at TPC River Highlands in 2018.
â€śWeâ€™re planning on having a fantastic Travelers Championship in 2020 with another world-class field, and Roryâ€™s commitment is just the beginning,â€ť said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Travelers, in a statement. â€śWeâ€™ve gotten to know Rory over the years and developed a really great relationship with him. Heâ€™s supported our tournament in the past and said he wanted to come back. I canâ€™t wait to see him play next year.â€ť
The 2020 Travelers Championship will be held June 22â€“28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. For tickets or for more information visit www.TravelersChampionship.com .
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