|Three Winners of Majors and a WGC Champion Commit to Play Travelers Championship|
HARTFORD, Conn., April 12, 2007 - The Travelers Championship announced today that Stewart Cink, a World Golf Championships title-holder, David Toms, Rich Beem, and Corey Pavin, who have all won major championships on the PGA TOUR have committed to compete in the inaugural event. The Travelers Championship, Connecticut's PGA TOUR event, will be played June 18-24, 2007 at TPC River Highlands.
"Our player field is shaping up strong. We're pleased to welcome four professionals with such proven records of success," said Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship tournament director. "These professionals consistently deliver dynamic performances, and they will ensure a great event for our fans."
Currently ranked 25th in the world, Stewart Cink has made seven out of eight cuts this year. Cink has earned one top-10 finish and three top-25 finishes this season, with his best showing at World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship where he tied for ninth. Cink holds four PGA TOUR victories, including a wire-to-wire victory at the 2004 World Golf Championship- NEC Invitational. In 1997, Cink picked up his first TOUR victory here in Connecticut, and then went on to be named PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.
The Championship welcomes David Toms for his first appearance since 1999. Toms is currently ranked 19th in the world and seventh in career earnings. Toms has 12 PGA TOUR victories to his name, including the 2001 PGA Championship. Toms has made the cut at all nine events he's played this year, and has finished top-10 at four events. In 2006, Toms collected a first, second, and third place finish on TOUR for his second straight season and finished top-15 on the TOUR money list for the seventh time in eight years. Toms has also played on three Ryder Cup teams.
Rich Beem, who holds three TOUR victories, will make his first appearance in Connecticut this year. Beem recorded his first top-10 of 2007 at the Buick Invitational where he tied for ninth. Beem had a career year on TOUR in 2002, when he finished seventh on the money list with season earnings of $2,938,365 and consecutive victories, including a major championship title. Beem seized his first major title at the 2002 PGA Championship, which he won with a one-stroke victory over Tiger Woods.
The 1995 U.S. Open champion, Corey Pavin holds 12 PGA TOUR victories and 14 international victories. Earlier this year, Pavin tied for sixth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, marking his fifth career top-10 at the TOUR's Monterey Peninsula event. In 2006, Pavin earned his 15th TOUR victory with a wire-to-wire win at the U.S. Bank Championship. En route to the victory, Pavin set or tied several TOUR records including a nine-hole TOUR record of 26 and a career-low 61, tying the Brown Deer Park Golf Club course record. This will be Pavin's 15th appearance at Connecticut's TOUR event.
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.
To purchase tickets and for more information on the Travelers Championship, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.
Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.