'You sweat just standing still.' Fans battle hot temps during 1st round of PGA Tour Travelers Championship in Cromwell

The course did what it could to help out, handing cooling towels to people walking in.

Greg Thompson

Jun 21, 2024, 2:28 AM

Updated 31 days ago

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The PGA tour made its annual stop in Connecticut, and fans were greeted by temperatures in the 90's for the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
"You sweat just standing still," said fan Joan Malchiodi, from Montville.
Most fans were walking around the course - hoping to see some of the sport's biggest names, like Scottie Scheffler, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
Malchiodi said she and her friends were thinking about them, telling News 12 "we were saying we feel so bad for the players, you know, having to wear the long pants, they're probably dying, because we're in the shade at times, but they're not."
Marc Stoker, who lives in New Haven, said from what he saw, "everyone just looked a little tired, more slow, sweaty."
The course did what it could to help out, handing cooling towels to people walking in.
There were also lots of seating areas with shade, as well as some benches with build in air conditioning blowing out of them.
Fans seemed happy with what they saw, including Chris Blackhall, who was visiting from Scotland, and called it "a pretty good set-up."
Malchiodi agreed, saying she think "they've done a lot. They make sure that everybody's happy."
While water was on sale for $5 a bottle, the course also set up a free water station between the first and ninth holes - something fans said they had never seen at the Travelers before.
Not surprisingly, it was a popular place, with Maryann DeLorenzo from New Jersey who made multiple visits. "This is great, this is phenomenal," she said. "You have to keep hydrating when it's this hot,"
Kevin Brumleve, from Cheshire, said he wished there were more than just one of the stations around the course, given the heat.
Brumleve still said he enjoyed his time, telling News 12 "you come prepared, you have to be responsible for yourself, if you find some shade, that's good to, other than that, if you can tolerate it, it's a good day."
Malchiodi also said the heat wasn't enough to ruin her experience, saying "we drank our water, went in the shade when we could, and, we enjoyed ourself, it was great."


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