|New Englanders and Fan Favorites Among Top Recent Player Commitments to Travelers Championship|
New Englanders Billy Andrade and Brett Quigley, in addition to fan favorites Joey Sindelar, Jesper Parnevik, Kirk Triplett and Billy Mayfair join the field.
HARTFORD, Conn., June 6, 2007 - With tee time quickly approaching, the Travelers Championship player field continues to grow stronger each day. The Travelers Championship announced today that two of New England's favorite local players, Billy Andrade and Brett Quigley, have committed to the field. In addition, popular fan favorites Joey Sindelar, Jesper Parnevik, Kirk Triplett and Billy Mayfair will compete, June 18-24 at TPC River Highlands.
New Englander Billy Andrade will be making his twentieth appearance at Connecticut's PGA TOUR event, having played every year since 1988. Andrade's best showing was in 2001, when he came in second. Andrade has four PGA TOUR victories to his name. He rounded out the 2006 season with three top-10 finishes, making his 18th consecutive year on the top-125 money list. Along with Brad Faxon, Andrade runs the Billy Andrade/Brad Faxon Charities for Children, Inc., which was formed in 1991 and has raised more than $7 million for children in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
Also a New England fan favorite, Massachusetts native Brett Quigley, returns for his seventh appearance in Connecticut. This year Quigley finished in the top-10 at the Wachovia Championship, where he has finished in the top-25 for three straight years. Quigley had a career year in 2006, setting personal bests for earnings ($2,617,419) and top-10s (10). He also played in the TOUR Championship for the first time, finishing tied for twelfth.
Joey Sindelar has kept Connecticut crowds engaged for more than two decades, returning for his twenty-fourth consecutive appearance in Connecticut. Sindelar holds seven PGA TOUR victories. This year, his best finishes have come at the Wachovia Championship and the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, where he tied for sixth. Sindelar finished 2006 with four top-10 finishes, including the U.S. Bank Championship and the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas, where he shot 60s in all four rounds at both tournaments.
Joining the Travelers Championship's already strong international field, Sweden's Jesper Parnevik returns to Connecticut for the first time since 1996. Parnevik is always a popular player to watch, known for his distinctive golf attire styled especially for him by J. Lindeberg. Parnevik holds five PGA TOUR victories, in addition to nine international wins. In 2006, Parnevik finished among the top 100 (No. 71) on the PGA TOUR money list for the tenth time in 13 years on TOUR.
Kirk Triplett holds three PGA TOUR victories. Last year he picked up his third career win at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, closing with rounds of 64-63 on the weekend. The 63 was the lowest final round posted by a winner in Tucson since Johnny Miller won with a final-round 61 in 1975 and also matched Tiger Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship for low finish by a winner on TOUR in 2006. Triplett played on Australian, Asian and Canadian Tours from 1987-89, a personal experience of which he speaks highly.
Billy Mayfair returns for his sixteenth appearance in Connecticut. Mayfair, who holds five PGA TOUR victories, has had two top-10 finishes this year, including fifth place at the FBR Open and tied for tenth at the Wachovia Championship, his second career top-10 at that event. Mayfair netted ten top-10s in a two-year period in 2005 and 2006.
"Our field grows stronger each day," said Nathan Grube, tournament director. "With a field this diverse and this talented, golf fans can certainly expect tremendous golf action and some memorable moments on the course for the inaugural Travelers Championship.
Travelers Championship tickets are now available on www.TravelersChampionship.com.
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About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship will be held June 18-24, 2007 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Proud to be part of the inaugural FedExCup season, the 2007 event marks the start of a new era for professional golf in Connecticut, at a tournament with a rich history of more than 50 years on the PGA TOUR. With a new title sponsor, course improvements, and the highest purse in the tournament's history ($6 million), the Travelers Championship is committed to becoming one of the top TOUR events. The championship is sponsored by Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance. Travelers is a proud hometown title sponsor that has been doing business in the community for nearly a century and a half and today has more than 6,000 employees in the Greater Hartford area. For more information, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.