The Travelers Championship has granted sponsor's exemptions to four young, rising stars, including one Connecticut native.
Patrick Rodgers, a junior at Stanford University, is the No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world. Rodgers recently won the Jack Nicklaus award as the nation's top Division I golfer, and previously won the 2014 Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top men's player in college and amateur events over the past year. Many top professionals, such as Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, Rickie Fowler and Kyle Stanley have won the Hogan award in the past. Rodgers, a three-time first-team All-American at Stanford, also earned the 2014 Haskins Award, presented annually by the Haskins Commission to honor the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. The Travelers Championship also granted Rodgers a sponsor's exemption in 2012.
Oliver Goss, who just completed his sophomore year at the University of Tennessee, is the No. 14-ranked amateur golfer in the world. Last summer, he finished as runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship held at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. That earned him an invitation to the 2014 Masters where he was awarded the Silver Cup given to the amateur with the lowest finishing score. In 2013, the Australian native was named to the Global All-Amateur and the All-SEC First Teams. In just two seasons with the Vols, Goss has compiled a 71.88 stroke average in 19 tournaments—winning two of them.
Bobby Wyatt recently completed his senior year at The University of Alabama where he led the Crimson Tide to its second consecutive NCAA title—a performance that included a hole-in-one on the second hole at Prairie Dunes. Wyatt was selected to the 2013 Walker Cup where he was the top scorer and helped lead the United States to victory over Great Britain and Ireland. He was also a medalist at the 2012 U.S. Amateur.
Connecticut native Cameron Wilson recently completed an accomplished college career at Stanford. He won the NCAA individual title this year, becoming the first Stanford player to do so since Tiger Woods in 1996, and the third Cardinal ever to do so. He also became the first golfer from Connecticut to win a Division I NCAA individual title. The Rowayton native is currently the No. 5-ranked amateur golfer in the world, was a finalist for the 2014 Ben Hogan Award, and a semi-finalist for the 2014 Byron Nelson award, presented to the most outstanding senior in college golf.
"Year after year, it is very exciting to issue our sponsor's exemptions to some of the best, young talent in the sport of golf, and this year in particular with Patrick, Cameron, Oliver, and Bobby," said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. "This is a great group of young golfers with tremendous talent. We're thrilled to have these emerging stars playing in the Travelers Championship."
The Travelers, Connecticut's stop on the PGA Tour, will take place at TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell from June 16-22. The field includes such mega-stars as Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Jonas Blixt, Hunter Mahan, Marc Leishman, Angel Cabrera and reigning champion Ken Duke. Tickets for the tournament, which will take place from June 16-22 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, are now on sale at www.TravelersChampionship.com.