|Past Champions Commit to Player Field|
HARTFORD, Conn., April 18, 2007 - The Travelers Championship announced today that Phil Mickelson, the only back-to-back winner of the Connecticut PGA TOUR event and two-time Masters champion; J.J. Henry, defending 2006 tournament champion; Brad Faxon, a New England fan favorite and 2005 champion; and two-time champion Peter Jacobsen (1984 & 2003) have all officially committed to be in the 2007 Travelers Championship.
"We are delighted to be bringing in the top players in the world," said Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship tournament director. "We've been in conversations with these individuals for several months to ensure their attendance at this year's Travelers Championship and we're happy to be delivering on our promise to make this a premier destination on the PGA TOUR. The return of these players, who have all won our event in recent years, ensures that we will deliver a memorable tournament to the fans."
Phil Mickelson, the fourth-ranked player on the PGA TOUR Official World Golf Ranking, will return to Cromwell, Conn., for the first time since 2003, the year after winning back-to-back championships (2001, 2002). Since his last visit to Connecticut, Mickelson has secured nine PGA TOUR victories, including three Majors (2004 and 2006 Masters champion and 2005 PGA Championship champion). In 2006, he finished among the top-10 money-winners (sixth) for the sixth time in seven seasons.
J.J. Henry, native to the state of Connecticut, will be back on the TPC River Highlands course to defend his 2006 championship, which was his first career PGA TOUR victory. Last year, Henry had a career year on the PGA TOUR, finishing 29th on the TOUR money list and playing on his first Ryder Cup team. In 2007, he has made seven cuts out of nine events with one eighth-place and two 22-place finishes.
In the fourth round of the 2005 tournament, Brad Faxon shot 61 to earn him both the win and his career lowest round. Faxon's 2005 win came in the form of a sudden death playoff against Tjaart van der Walt, after Faxon successfully converted a birdie, while van der Walt missed a 10-foot birdie putt try. Known as one of the best putters on the TOUR, Faxon was ranked 10th in putts per round in 2006.
Peter Jacobsen's win in Connecticut in 2003 was his first in eight years. A 30-year veteran of the PGA TOUR, Jacobsen has seven PGA TOUR victories and two Champions Tour victories, and has played on two Ryder Cup teams (1985,1995). Known to be one of the most colorful personalities on the TOUR, Jacobsen is a fan favorite.
Tournaments held in Connecticut have a long-standing tradition of attracting some of the biggest names in professional golf. These past champions are in the company of some of golf's legends, as others who have won the event include Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Ken Venturi, Nick Price, and Greg Norman.
"We've made significant changes to this year's event, all with the players' best interests in mind. The commitments of these leading players shows that the new experience of Connecticut golf that we are introducing is really resonating with the PGA TOUR professionals," said Grube. "We are excited about being able to deliver a world-class experience to our fans."
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 to a total 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.
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