Darren Clarke

A strong field at Hartford, a record at stake on LPGA Tour

As the scores kept going lower and lower at Erin Hills, more than one observer suggested the U.S. Open looked more like the Travelers Championship.

There is one big difference.

The Travelers Championship might have more top-10 players on the weekend.

Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, now No. 3 and No. 4 in the world, are part of a field that is stronger than usual at the TPC River Highlands. Both had the weekend off at the U.S. Open. Joining them at the Travelers Championship are Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

McIlroy has played only seven times this year because of a rib injury, so he's gearing up for a busy summer schedule. There's also that matter of a new PGA...