CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) - Some of the best golfers in the world are back in Cromwell for the Travelers Championship.

Official play began at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at the TPC River Highlands.

Rory McIlroy, Bryson Dechambeau, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka And Defending Champ Dustin Johnson are in the field.

Fans have returned to the TPC in Cromwell for the first time in more than a year.

Spectators are being welcomed back to the Travelers Championship after a year without them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We actually have some lawn seats today. We have some seating available to us, but we are walking around getting a little bit of the action from all different angles," Rick Hender of Berlin said.

"We came to see Phil and Bubba, and found out they were playing together, so we drove from Maine to come to see them," Dawn Haskell of Maine stated.

Spectators are now being welcomed back on the course after a year without them.

If you're heading out here tomorrow or this weekend, things are a little different this year.

A lot is digital, including maps and pairings.

You'll have to download the PGA app on your cell phone.

Things at the TPC River Highlands are pretty much back to their pre-pandemic standards.

Grandstands were not constructed this year.

Instead of Corporate Row, this year, Trinity Health has set up here with people staying socially distanced and still having a good time.

Your ticket to get into the tournament is likely on your cell phone there is no fan zone this year.

Some of the best golfers in the world are back in Cromwell for the Travelers Championship.

Instead, it's been turned into a large seating area with picnic tables and chairs, and an area where you can purchase food.

Players can't sign autographs or stop and take selfies with fans.

You'll notice increased safety signage and hand sanitizing stations throughout the golf course, along with crews cleaning high touch locations.

A limited number of fans are back this year with a few COVID-19 rules in place.

You're being reminded to watch your distance and avoid crowded areas, and wear a mask if you're not vaccinated.

Tickets are still available online here.

If a trip to the course is out of the question, Channel 3 has complete Travelers Championship coverage online here and with specials on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.

Opening play for the Travelers Championship starts Thursday.

Channel 3 and CBS will have live coverage of the tournament on Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

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