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Travelers Championship moves to August for 2016

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Bubba Watson hits tee shot during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. The tournament is moving to August in 2016. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Bubba Watson hits tee shot during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. The tournament is moving to August in 2016. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) -

The Travelers Championship is moving to August.

The PGA Tour event, which is typically played in June, will be held next year from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7. The reason for the move, according to tournament officials, is the Summer Olympics.

"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 statement on Thursday.

Grube said they have “worked closely with the PGA TOUR” to identify “the best timing for recruiting a strong player field and finishing the planned modifications to TPC River Highlands."

"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,” Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Travelers said in statement on Thursday.

The Travelers Championship will return to be held during the third week of June in 2017.

"We're already looking forward to another great tournament that will generate significant funds for charity in 2016," Bessette said.

Grube said the August start date will help with the “the completion of a multi-million dollar course project at TPC River Highlands” to allow for “fan and competitive enhancements to the course.” Those enhancements will be completed in 2016

The course updates include the following items:

new areas for grandstands and fan viewing around the signature four finishing holes, modifications to greens, and renovations to bunkers throughout the course.

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