Travelers Championship Moving to August to Avoid Olympics
4 Aug, 2015
Look at it as a one-time-only engagement. Or perhaps a one-time-only-every-four-years, to be exact. The Travelers Championship will be in August instead of June in 2016 because golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.
The tournament will be held from Aug. 1 to 7 to accommodate the Olympic year PGA TOUR.
"Golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 will affect the majority of PGA TOUR events taking place from June through August," Travelers Championship tournament director, Nathan Grube, said in a tournament. "By working closely with the PGA TOUR, we identified the best timing for recruiting a strong player field and finishing the planned modifications to TPC River Highlands."
The 2016 summer Olympics will be in Rio De Janeiro from Aug. 5 to 21.
The August date also allows for the completion of a multi-million dollar course project at TPC River Highlands, according to the statement.
"We're already looking forward to another great tournament that will generate significant funds for charity in 2016," Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Travelers, said in a statement. "With the 2016 PGA Championship in New Jersey the week before our event, we're expecting the 2016 Travelers Championship field to be as strong as ever."