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Simpson said playing with Watson and Bradley also will give him a chance to get back at Bradley's caddie, Steven "Pepsi" Hale, who he suspects put a pair of bananas in his golf shoes at the U.S. Open on Sunday.
"I washed them and the smell is still in there," he said. "So I'm going to get him back with something. I don't know what I'm going to do, but I'm going to get him back."
Fredrik Jacobson, the winner last year for his first victory on the PGA Tour, said players enjoy the tournament in part because of the loose atmosphere that surrounds playing the week after a major.
It's a chance, he said, to decompress.
"Especially for, you know, for the guys that had been somewhat in contention the week before," he said. " It's a lot of, you know, things going on around the course and on the course and shouting, screaming, yelling, people walking around. It's such a busy week and intense week that when you do come back to a regular tour event the week after, it kind of settles down a little bit."
The Travelers will mark the professional debut of 20-year-old Patrick Cantlay, who a year ago shot 60 as an amateur in the second round of the tournament, the lowest score ever by an amateur at a PGA Tour event.
"I think this timing makes sense for me, being able to start somewhere where I'm comfortable and I have good memories," the former UCLA star said. "And I feel ready and comfortable with being a pro and trying to be as good as I can be."
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