CROMWELL, Conn. — U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has no plans to take any time off after winning his first major championship.
Nathan Grube, the tournament director at the Travelers Championship, said Rose’s wife, Kate, called shortly after he won Sunday to confirm
that they would be in Connecticut for this week’s event.
“She called last night at about 9:30 and I looked down at the phone and said, ‘This is either going to be a really good call or a really bad call,’” Grube said Monday.
Rose, who rose from fifth to third in the world rankings, is in a field that includes just five other top-20 players: Lee Westwood (12), Keegan Bradley (14), Jason Dufner (17), Ian Poulter (18), and Bubba Watson (19).
Webb Simpson (21) also is playing a year after he won the U.S. Open and kept his commitment to play in Cromwell.
The Travelers held its opening ceremony Monday, marking the 61st consecutive year the PGA Tour has visited greater Hartford and the seventh under its current name.
Andy Bessette, the chief administrative officer and executive vice president of the insurance giant, said the company is in negotiations to remain the title sponsor of the PGA stop and expects to finalize a deal before the end of this summer.
SOLHEIM CUP: With smoke from the Colorado wildfires wafting over the course where the Solheim Cup will be played, tournament organizers said Monday that have decided to donate 15 percent of the proceeds from this month’s ticket sales to firefighters and their families.
Located about 20 miles south of Colorado Golf Club, the Black Forest fire has destroyed nearly 500 houses and covered 22 square miles. The Solheim Cup is set for Aug. 16-18.
U.S. Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon said she had sent an e-mail to the top 30 players in contention for the 12 spots on the team that will compete against Europe. Ten of those spots will be earned based on rankings; Mallon will make the last two picks.
“I played on eight teams and I was never a pick, I made it on my own points,” Mallon said. “So I told the players, ‘I have no sympathy for you if you don’t make the team.’ I said, ‘Don’t expect to make the team if you don’t make it on points.’”
Firmly cemented on the team is Stacy Lewis, whose 783.50 points is more than 300 ahead of second-place Cristie Kerr.