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    • Patrick Cantlay shot a course-record 60 at the 2011 Travelers Championship. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Patrick Cantlay shot a course-record 60 at the 2011 Travelers Championship. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    J.J. Henry ... The Connecticut native has earned more at this event than any other on the PGA TOUR. He's survived 11 consecutive cuts at TPC River Highlands, including his breakthrough victory in 2006 and a season-best T5 in 2013. The 39-year-old arrives for his 16th career appearance fresh off this season's best result, a T13 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Ranks 11th on TOUR in greens in regulation.

    Patrick Cantlay ... Either you remember it or you don't. As a 19-year-old, he blistered TPC River Highlands for a course-record, 10-under 60 in the second round. It was the 25th such score in PGA TOUR history and it remains the lowest by an amateur. He hit 15 greens and took only 24 putts en route to a strokes gained measurement of 4.331. Now 22 years of age and a fully exempt pro on the TOUR, he's making just his second start of the season after sitting out over eight months to allow a fractured vertebra to heal.

    James Hahn ... Making his debut at the Travelers. Had the week off following a T6 in Memphis where he led the field in scoring post-cut (6-under 67-67=134). That came just three weeks after a T5 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship where he linked 65s in the middle rounds. The PGA TOUR sophomore had gone 15 months without a top 15 until this recent surge, and it's directly attributable to better putting. He registered strokes gained splits of 0.978 (Nelson) and 1.047 (St. Jude). Even when he missed the cut at Colonial, his reading was 0.762. Still just 162nd in SG-P, he's at least headed in the right direction as he's up 24 spots during this stretch.

    Stuart Appleby ... Hasn't beaten par in a second round or later since late April, but has exhibited valuable form often enough this season to share synergy with a horse-for-course label at TPC River Highlands. After zero top 25s in his first seven appearances, he logged a T18 in 2012, and then chased it with a T9 last year when he ranked second in strokes gained-putting and converted a field-high five tries from outside 25 feet.

    Tommy Gainey ... TPC River Highlands has been an oasis of sorts since 2011. He's rung up three straight top 20s since and could use another this week. Currently in the final season of his exemption for winning the 2012 McGladrey Classic, Two Gloves is just 7-for-20 with two top 30s and sits outside the top 145 in both FedExCup points and earnings.

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