Top International Players Join Travelers Championship Field
June 12, 2007
Golf fans around the world will have all eyes on Connecticut this summer, when the inaugural Travelers Championship welcomes some of the world's best international players. The Travelers Championship announced today that seven of the top international players in the world will compete in the field. The Australian contingent will be out in full force with a group of their best players, including Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling, Nick O'Hern, and Steve Elkington. South Africa's Justin Rose, Sweden's Carl Pettersson, and Argentina's Angel Cabrera, round out the international players, joining the already strong field that includes Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Trevor Immelman of South Africa, both ranked in the top-15 in the world. The Travelers Championship, Connecticut's PGA TOUR event, will be played June 18-24, 2007 at TPC River Highlands.
"These players represent some of the best golfers in the world. We are pleased they will participate in the inaugural Travelers Championship, as we work toward developing one of the best events in professional golf," said Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship tournament director.
Currently ranked No. 21 in the world, Australian Stuart Appleby holds eight PGA TOUR victories, including three consecutive Mercedes-Benz Championships in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and two Shell Houston Open victories, 1999 and 2006. In his career, Apppleby has netted four top-10 finishes in major Championships, including finishing tied for seventh at this year's Masters Championship. In 2006, Appleby finished with six top-10 finishes and was in money in 20 out of 23 tournaments entered, earning him the No. 8 spot on the TOUR money list.
Australian Rod Pampling will make his first appearance in Connecticut this year. Pampling holds two PGA TOUR victories- winning The INTERNATIONAL in 2004 and the 2006 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. This year, Pampling's season has gotten better with each event. His first top-20 of the year came when he tied for seventeenth at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, which he then bettered by one spot coming in tied for sixteenth at the Verizon Heritage. Two weeks later, he posted a tied for tenth at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.
Australia's Nick O'Hern has finished in the top-10 in both World Golf Championship events of 2007, finishing tied for fifth at the World Golf Championships- Accenture Match Play and tied for sixth at World Golf Championships- CA Championship at Doral Golf Spa and Resort. In 2006, O'Hern made 10 cuts in 15 starts and had two top-10 finishes, including a tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, his first top-10 in a major championship. In international play in 2006, O'Hern chipped in from a greenside bunker on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff with Peter Lonard to win the Australian PGA Championship in mid-December.
Currently ranked No. 28 in the world, South African Justin Rose returns for his third appearance in Connecticut, where he finished solo third in 2005. In 2006, Rose recorded career highs in top-10s (5) and earnings ($1,629,288) and matched top-25s (11) on the way to a career-best forty-seventh place on the PGA TOUR money list. Rose holds five international victories, including the 2006 Australian Masters.
Steve Elkington holds an impressive 10 PGA TOUR victories, including two wins at THE PLAYERS Championship (1991, 1997). In 2006, Elkington made 10 cuts in 17 starts and finished in the top-25 three times. Elkington had a great year in 2005, making the cut 16 of 20 starts and earning a career-best $1,410,350, putting him at fifty-fourth on the money list.
Carl Pettersson of Sweden is ranked No. 44 in the world. In 2006, Pettersson had a career year, with $2,647,982 in earnings on the strength of a victory and six top-10s, including a tied for tenth at the Sony Open in Hawaii, a tied for seventh at the Nissan Open, and a tied for eighth at THE PLAYERS Championship. Capping the top-10s, Pettersson won the Memorial Tournament, his second career title.
Angel Cabrera has 15 international victories, including several wins in his native Argentina. Making his first appearance in Connecticut this year, Cabrera has made the cut in four out of seven tournaments this year. In 2006, Cabrera netted three top-10 finished including, two at the major championships -- a tied for eighth at the Masters and a seventh at the British Open.
To purchase tickets and for more information on the Travelers Championship, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.