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Shotgun Start: Previewing the Travelers Championship

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It's tournament time! The PGA Tour heads east for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.. Here's a tournament primer to get you prepared for the week.

The course: At 6,841 yards, TPC River Highlands is the third-shortest layout on the PGA Tour schedule. For golfers in last week's field, the course should be a huge change of pace from the grind at Olympic Club. Just last year, amateur sensation Patrick Cantlay (who's turning pro this week at the Travelers Championship) fired a course record 10-under 60, so low numbers are there for the taking. With birdies and eagles the name of the game this week, the only stretch on the course that could be somewhat daunting is the Nos. 15-17, better known as the "Golden Triangle." While the drivable par-4 15th is one of the easiest holes on the course at just 296 yards, the par-3 16th and par-4 17th are usually ranked as two of the more challenging tests. At the 16th, it's all about avoiding the numerous bunkers on the 171-yard hole. The 17th has one of the toughest tee shots on the course, with a lake down the right and a fairway bunker on the left.

The schedule: The tournament runs Thursday-Sunday. It'll be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday; and on CBS from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The field: Considering the tournament is the week after the U.S. Open, the Travelers Championship actually has a solid field. Webb Simpson (fresh off his win at Olympic Club), Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Ryan Moore are the marquee names. Other notables teeing it up this week include Patrick Cantlay, Ryo Ishikawa, Charl Schwartzel, Padraig Harrington and Keegan Bradley.

The video: Check out some of the memorable moments from the Travelers Championship's history.

Your turn. Who are your picks for this week? Swing away!

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