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Travelers Championship kicked off in Cromwell today

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The PGA Tour's stop in Cromwell kicked off on Monday with the annual opening ceremonies for the Travelers Championship.

The tournament was moved to the first week of August this year to accommodate the Olympics, which start on Friday.

"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," said Travelers Championship Tournament director, Nathan Grube. "By working closely with the PGA TOUR, we identified the best timing for recruiting a strong player field and finishing the planned modifications to TPC River Highlands [in Cromwell]."

On tap for Monday was a sponsors pro-am.

However, some players did arrive ahead of the start of official play on Thursday. They sought to get in a few practice swings.

Official play begins on Thursday. See the player field here.

Tournament officials said they were fearful of the rain, so the opening ceremonies were held indoors at the First Tee building.

Grube led the program, which included speakers like Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Two honorary co-chairs of the tournament, Jay Fishman and Brian Savo, also spoke. Both deal with ALS.

Savo is an ALS patient at the Hospital for Special Care, which is receiving proceeds from the tournament.

It's not the only organization benefiting from the event. Ninety-nine other local charities will also receive proceeds.

"We're already looking forward to another great tournament that will generate significant funds for charity in 2016," added Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Travelers. "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." 

For more information about the Travelers Championship, head to its website here.

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