Mickelson, Watson and Keopka Look Forward to Round 1 of Travelers Championship

Phil Mickelson is back to compete in Cromwell for the first time since winning the event in back to back years in 2001 and 2002.

Mickelson will be playing with Mark Leishman and Jordan Speith on Thursday. Their tee time is set for 1 p.m.

“This is one of my favorite courses along with Harbour Town and yet I haven’t played them very much because they followed the week of the majors,” said Mickelson. “This new schedule has opened up the possibilities to come back to some sites like Hartford that I’ve really enjoyed and I’m looking forward to having a good tournament and it’s fun to be back here.”

Defending champion Bubba Watson is trying to win his fourth championship in Cromwell. Watson will be playing alongside Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau on Thursday and their tee time is at 7:45 a.m.

“I feel really good, I hit the ball nice today, getting back here, having the energy flowing, having sugar going through your body. It’s always fun to get back here and I always get pumped up for it,” said Watson.

Brooks Koepka is making his fourth appearance at the Travelers Championship. Koepka finished second at the U.S. Open last week. TPC River Highlands is quickly becoming one his favorite places to play.

“Who doesn’t like shooting a bunch under par? It’s fun for us and I know that’s why you see some of the best players in the world come back year after year,” said Koepka. “It’s one I’d like to keep on my schedule for a long time.”

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