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Darren Clarke, Chris DiMarco, and Vaughn Taylor to compete in inaugural Travelers Championship
HARTFORD, Conn., June 4, 2007 - The Travelers Championship announced today that Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke will compete, adding to a strong international showing already in the field. In addition, two more top-fifty ranked players join the field, Americans Chris DiMarco and Vaughn Taylor. The Travelers Championship, Connecticut's PGA TOUR event, will be played June 18-24, 2007 at TPC River Highlands.
"Clarke, DiMarco, and Taylor are tremendous additions to our field," said Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship tournament director. "These professionals consistently deliver on the course, and they will enhance the competitive field we have already lined up. We're pleased to welcome them all for the inaugural Travelers Championship."
Northern Irishman Darren Clarke holds two World Golf Championship titles- winning the Accenture Match Play Championship in 2000 and the NEC Invitational in 2003. In addition, he has 12 international victories to his name. Clarke is a veteran of five Ryder Cup teams, most recently compiling a 3-0-0 finish for the winning European team at the 2006 Ryder Cup. In 2002, Clarke formed the Darren Clarke Foundation, dedicated to helping develop Irish junior golf.
Chris DiMarco is currently ranked No. 40 in the world and holds three PGA TOUR victories. DiMarco captured his wins at the 2000 SEI Pennsylvania Classic, 2001 Buick Challenge, and 2002 Phoenix Open. Last year, DiMarco fired a final-round 5-under 67 in late January to overtake third-round leader Henrik Stenson and win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates by a stroke, capturing the win in his first European Tour start outside the majors and World Golf Championships. In the same year at the British Open, he finished as runner-up in a major for the third consecutive season, two strokes behind Tiger Woods. During the tournament he set the Royal Liverpool course record with a 7-under 65 in the second round. The 72-hole total of 16-under 272 was a career best in a major and jumped him to sixth in the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, ultimately making his second consecutive Ryder Cup team.
Vaughn Taylor is ranked No. 41 in the Official World Golf Rankings and No. 39 in the FedExCup points race. Taylor holds two PGA TOUR victories, back-to-back wins at the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2004 and 2005. The Augusta, Ga. native has netted three top-10 finishes this year, including finishing tied for tenth in his hometown at the Masters. In 2006, Taylor posted a career high six top-10 finishes and finished 35th on the TOUR money list, with his success earning him a spot on his first Ryder Cup team.
The players join one of the best field's Connecticut has seen at the annual PGA TOUR event in years, including previously announced players Stuart Appleby, Eric Axley, Paul Azinger, Rich Beem, Jason Bohn, Olin Browne, Angel Cabrera, Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink, Joe Durant, Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon, Fred Funk, Robert Gamez, Lucas Glover, Jason Gore, Padraig Harrington, J.J. Henry, Tim Herron, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Trevor Immelman, Peter Jacobsen, Zach Johnson, Peter Lonard, Troy Matteson, Rocco Mediate, Phil Mickelson, Nick O'Hern, Arron Oberholser, Rod Pampling, Corey Pavin, Tim Petrovic, Carl Pettersson, John Rollins, Justin Rose, John Senden, Vijay Singh, David Toms, D.J. Trahan, Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Brett Wetterich, and Dean Wilson.
To purchase tickets and for more information on the Travelers Championship, visit 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 proudly sponsored by Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance. Travelers 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.