|Masters Champion Zach Johnson to Play 2007 Travelers Championship|
HARTFORD, Conn., April 9, 2007 - The Travelers Championship announced today that Zach Johnson, the breakout champion at the Masters will be in the player field for the 2007 championship.
"Zach's win at the Masters was phenomenal. It was the kind of win that keeps spectators holding their breath and keeps golf fans talking about it long after the last shot," said Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship tournament director. "We're very pleased to have a player of his caliber in the player field for the inaugural Travelers Championship."
This year will mark Johnson's fourth appearance in Connecticut; he has made the cut in all appearances. His best showing was in 2004 when he tied for third place. In 2005, Johnson tied for 42nd and shot his career lowest round of 63. In 2006, Johnson tied for 21st place.
In the final round of the Masters on Sunday, Johnson amazed crowds finishing 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini. Johnson's incredible round was marked by three birdies in a four-hole stretch. His Masters win is his second TOUR victory, having clinched the top spot in the BellSouth Classic in 2004.
This season, Johnson has made 7 out of 8 cuts, finishing top 10 twice. Prior to the Masters, his best showing was at the World Golf Championships-CA championship where he finished tied for ninth.
Johnson has finished in the top 40 all three seasons on the PGA TOUR and made the 2006 Ryder Cup team. In 2003, Johnson was named Nationwide Player of the Year after making the cut in 19 of 20 events.
In its inaugural season, the Travelers Championship developed several prominent changes to the tournament, taking place June 18-24, 2007.The Championship has significantly increased the purse this year, and will offer a total purse of $6 million, the highest purse in the tournament's history, and an increase of more than $1.5 million from last year. In addition, the Championship has begun innovative upgrades to the TPC River Highlands facility in Cromwell, Conn. The upgrades will include a state-of-the-art practice facility and driving range, a revamped corporate row and a renovation to the course skyboxes. Phase one began in early 2007, with components of the project being completed throughout the next two years.
The Travelers Championship will be televised both domestically and internationally. The first and second rounds will be broadcast live on the GOLF CHANNEL and the third and fourth rounds will be broadcast live on CBS.
To purchase tickets and for more information on the Travelers Championship, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.