Chris Williams to turn pro at Travelers Championship

Chris Williams to turn pro at Travelers Championship

University of Washington standout and 2012 Mark McCormack Award winner Chris Williams will make his professional debut at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in two weeks.

Golf News Net reported the news on Yahoo! Sports on Thursday.

Williams will turn pro at the Hartford, Conn., event after receiving an exemption from the tournament, director Nathan Grube said in an interview. Williams will compete for the last time as an amateur at Merion in the 2013 U.S. Open under an exemption granted to the McCormack Award winner, provided they remain an amateur for the Open.

Exemptions have also been given to Justin Thomas of the NCAA champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide, as well as New England native Jon Curran, who was an All-America honoree at Vanderbilt and was a high-school teammate of 2011 PGA champion Keegan Bradley.