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Russell Knox and Bubba Watson commit to Travelers Championship tourney

HARTFORD – The Travelers Championship Friday announced that defending champion Russell Knox and two-time winner Bubba Watson have committed to play in this year’s tournament.

“Russell and Bubba have been part of some of the most exciting moments in our tournament’s recent history,” said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube in a statement released Friday morning. “They certainly have fond memories of winning the Travelers Championship, and we’re looking forward to seeing them compete here again in 2017.”

Russell Knox earned his second career PGA TOUR victory at the 2016 Travelers Championship. Knox won in dramatic fashion, making a 12-foot putt on the final green to win by one stroke. Knox’s first TOUR victory came earlier last season, at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament. He is currently No. 21 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Bubba Watson has won the Travelers Championship twice, in 2010 and 2015. His playoff victory in 2010 was the first of what’s become nine victories on the PGA TOUR. Those wins include two major championships, at the Masters in 2012 and 2014. Watson has been on three U.S. Ryder Cup teams, two U.S. Presidents Cup teams and tied for eighth in the 2016 Olympics. He is currently ranked No. 16 in the world. In addition to his two Travelers Championship wins, Watson has three top-6 finishes among his 10 starts at TPC River Highlands.

This year’s Travelers Championship will be held June 19-25. Tickets will go on sale March 15.

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