|Brad Faxon Among Nine Past Champions to Play In Travelers Championship|
Brad Faxon Among Nine Past Champions to Play In Travelers Championship
Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - With just under one week until the first shots are taken, the Travelers Championship looks forward to welcoming nine past champions to compete in the tournament, including 2005 champion Brad Faxon. Rhode Islander Faxon has a strong local following among New England golf fans and is always a fan favorite at the tournament. Also scheduled to be among the field will be 1988 Champion Mark Brooks, 1997 Champion Stewart Cink, 1998 Champion Olin Browne, 1999 Champion Brent Geiberger, 2000 Champion Notah Begay III, 2004 Champion Woody Austin, 2006 Champion J.J. Henry and defending Champion Hunter Mahan. The Travelers Championship is the PGA TOUR's only early summer stop in the Northeast and will be played June 16 - 22 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
"These players have all played a role in this tournament's great history and have had impressive careers on TOUR. They are great additions to our field and are players who our fans always enjoy seeing on the course. We are pleased they will be part of the tournament again to delivery another great week of golf for the fans," said Nathan Grube, tournament director.
Eight-time PGA TOUR winner Brad Faxon will be making his 25th appearance at Connecticut's PGA TOUR event. The tournament will be Faxon's first PGA TOUR appearance this year, following an absence due to knee surgery. Last year, Faxon finished tied for 33rd at the inaugural Travelers Championship, marking his best finish of the season. In 2005, Faxon thrilled his many local fans, winning Connecticut's PGA TOUR event in a playoff with Tjaart van der Walt. Faxon has been a great supporter of the tournament over the years. Most recently, his firm, Faxon and Booth Golf Design, was part of the design team that created the new, 23-acre practice facility at TPC River Highlands.
Notah Begay III won Connecticut's PGA TOUR event in 2000, with a one-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia. The victory was his second consecutive win, following a victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in the week prior. Begay has a total of four PGA TOUR victories to his name, and was a member of the 2000 President's Cup team.
Mark Brooks earned his first PGA TOUR victory at the tournament in 1988, when he made a 10-foot putt on the second playoff hole with Dave Barr and Joey Sindelar. Brooks has gone on to win an additional six PGA TOUR victories, including the 1996 PGA Championship.
Connecticut was also the location of Brent Geiberger's first PGA TOUR victory, where he was the champion in 1999. Geiberger has two PGA TOUR victories to his name, also winning the 2004 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. This season on TOUR, Gieberger's best finish was at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he finished tied for ninth.
Faxon, Brooks, Geiberger and Begay, are the latest additions to the Travelers Championship player field, joining previously announced past champions Stewart Cink, Olin Browne, Woody Austin, J.J. Henry and defending champion Hunter Mahan.
The Travelers Championship officials tees off June 16 - 22 at TPC River Highlands, but festivities for the fans will begin on June 14-15 at Golfweek's Golfest Connecticut, a free event to be held on the new practice driving range at the TPC River Highlands. Golfweek's Golfest Connecticut will offer fans the opportunity to test out the new range using the latest equipment from various manufacturers and hitting unlimited balls. New enhancements for the fans will continue throughout the week, including free lessons on the driving range for all on Tuesday, June 17, enhanced concessions area, an interactive fan expo, and more.
Complete tournament details and special ticket offers are now available on www.TravelersChampionship.com
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