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Fans come from near and far for Travelers Championship

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CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) -

As the Travelers Championship Finals draw closer, more people are packing into the TPC River Highlands.

Eyewitness News was out there all morning talking to fans who traveled from near and far. For many golf fans, this Friday at the Travelers Championship marked the beginning of a long weekend.

"All I want to do is see Bubba Watson. He's my favorite player. So, I'm waiting until 12:50 p.m. to go see him, and then it'll be the best day of my life," said 10-year-old Kyle Tompkins, who was at the golf tournament with his 9-year-old brother. 

It's also a day a lot of first-timers will also remember.

"I think it's really great and I like how the golfers give you the balls," said Cody Bythewood.

And of course besides seeing the pro-golfers,  the Travelers seems to be the perfect family outing.

"That I get to bond with my dad," said Cody, whose dad is on active-duty.

"I don't really get to see my kids that often, so this is a good day for me to spend one-on-one time together," said Cody's father Robert Bythewood.

The Travelers Championship is not only an event that attracts thousands of people to the state of Connecticut, but it's an event the locals are truly proud of including former Jaycee board members Anita and Theresa Zakrzewski.

"The tournament has grown since the 80s when we were here," said Anita Zakrzewski. "The Travelers has just risen in the ranks among the ranks for the PGA tournament which is great for Hartford, great for Connecticut." 

"It's still nice to see what everybody is doing for the community, which is the most important thing, giving back to the community," said Theresa Zakrzewski.

The Travelers Championship is expected to raise more than $1 million  this week for local and national charities.

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