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Protesters storm the 18th green during finale of Travelers Championship

Protestors broke under the ropes of the 18th hole on Sunday at the Travelers Championship while World No.1 Scottie Scheffler was on the green…

 

A group of protesters stormed the 18th green shortly before the finale of the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour.

Footage showed multiple protesters being tackled by police on the green and by a greenside bunker on the final hole at TPC River Highlands.

One protestor ran through the bunker with a yellow-coloured smoke device just behind the back of World No.1 Scottie Scheffler who broke into a wry smile.

Some protestors being led away by authorities were wearing white t-shirts that said “No golf on a dead planet” on the front in big black letters.

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Golf protestors strike at the Travelers Championship

White and red powder stains were left on the green, with one particular patch marked near the line of Tom Kim’s birdie putt which he holed to force a playoff with Scheffler. Scheffler went on to take his sixth victory of the season.

Images from the event in Cromwell, Connecticut also showed Akshay Bhatia having to put through the mess that was left on the putting surface by the protestors. Tournament officials endeavoured to scrub the mess from the floor.

Despite claims across social media that the protestors belonged to Just Stop Oil, the group that hit The Open at Hoylake last year with a similar protest, Extinction Rebellion have claimed responsibility by sending a press release to various members of golf media.

Extinction Rebellion is an environmental, non-violent movement that aims to address issues with climate and ecological emergencies.

The PGA Tour provided this statement to NCG:

Protesters at the Travelers Championship during Sunday’s final around were immediately arrested by members of law enforcement. The powder on the green was removed, resulting in no damage to the 18th green. Our thanks to the Cromwell Police Department for their quick and decisive action.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

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