By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Jason Dufner, Freddie Jacobson and Padraig Harrington have all committed to the Travelers Championship, the tournament announced on Tuesday.
"Along with being great golfers, these six individuals are all well known and our fans will be thrilled to see them compete in person," tournament director Nathan Grube said. "Our competitive field just got a lot stronger with these additions."
All six have played in the event before, which will take place at TPC River Highlands June 20-23, the week after the U.S. Open at nearby Merion Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia.
Jacobson won the Travelers in 2011, while Harrington tied for fifth in 2011 and was 11th last year.
Others already committed include Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson, and defending champion Marc Leishman.
Nick Watney holes a 16-foot chip shot on the par-3 third hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship.
Click here to watch as Freddie Jacobson holes a 34-foot chip shot on the par-4 12th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
MARANA, Ariz. -- At 7,791 yards, the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain is right down Robert Garrigus' alley and he continued to build confidence with his third-round win over Fredrik Jacobson.
Garrigus won the par-5 second hole with a 22-inch birdie putt and the fifth with a 7-footer. A bogey at the sixth hole gave one back but Garrigus made birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn 3 up.
Jacobson mounted a charge on the back nine, making three birdies in succession starting at No. 11 to square the match. But Garrigus answered with a 6-foot birdie at No. 14 and then drove the green at the 15th and made a 6-footer for eagle there to go 1 up again.
Jacobson lipped out a 5-footer for birdie at the 16th hole that would have pulled him to 1 down. An adventure in the desert with Garrigus safely on the green in two prompted Jacobson to concede the 17th and the match.
Garrigus, who is playing in his first Accenture Match Play Championship, says he likes the format.
"I make a lot of birdies, and if the guy I'm playing with doesn't make a lot of birdies, he's in trouble because I'm going to make some," he said. "I missed a lot of short putts today, too. I stuffed it on almost every single hole, put a lot of pressure on Freddie.
"It was a great match. He came back. I made a couple bad swings on 11, 12 and 13, he birdied all of them. ... It's just the nature of the beast. I make a lot of birdies, and if I hit it straight, I'm not going to make many mistakes, so it's definitely a good format for me.
SCORECARD STATS: Garrigus made six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. Jacobson made three birdies and no bogeys.
HOLES WON: Garrigus won seven holes. Jacobson won four holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Matt Kuchar, who beat Nicolas Colsaerts 4 and 3.
"Matt is very consistent," Garrigus said. "I'm going to have to play well. I'll probably have to shoot 6 , 7 , 8 under again because I'm swinging it well and rolling it well, so it should be a lot of fun."
MARANA, Ariz. -- Fredrik Jacobson spent Thursday night practicing his putting in his hotel room. It lasted two hours. Maybe three.
The practice is paying off.
The 12th-seeded Jacobson posted another solid round to knock off 13th-seeded Marcus Fraser of Australia, 4 and 3, in the second round.
Jacobson reached the third round for the second time in four starts here. The last time he advanced this far, he lost to Tiger Woods. But now Woods is out and Jacobson is still alive and riding momentum of some good play recently.
"Every match is tough out there," Jacobson said. "You're just happy to sneak by and try to get through one at a time. But really excited to be in the third round."
Jacobson won the first two holes, including a birdie at the par-5 second. He stumbled with a bogey at the fourth, but won the next hole when Fraser bogeyed.
The Swede went 3 up with a birdie at the par-5 eighth. He bogeyed the 13th but posted consecutive birdies on the final two holes to close out the match.
Fraser failed to birdie a single hole Friday.
SCORECARD STATS: Jacobson carded four birdies and two bogeys. Fraser carded no birdies and two bogeys.
HOLES WON: Jacobson won six holes. Fraser won two holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Jacobson plays Robert Garrigus in the third round of the Hogan bracket.
MARANA, Ariz. -- Through five holes, Fredrik Jacobson had suffered two bogeys and a double bogey and was 2 down in his first-round match to Ernie Els.
But three holes later, Jacobson had squared the match, and the 12th-seeded Swede went on to beat the No. 5 seed Els, 1 up. The Swede advances to play Marcus Fraser in the second round.
Jacobson won the seventh hole with a par and the eighth with a birdie. He then birdied the 11th and 12th holes to go 2 up, but saw Els rally back to square the match at the 15th hole.
Jacobson won the final hole with par when Els three-putted from 32 feet.
"The greens are tricky," Jacobson said. "They're a little slick sometimes. It's been a long day out there. I was just happy to come through in the end."
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Three weeks ago, Fredrik Jacobson didn't know quite what to expect.
The bulging disks in his lower back that had sidelined the Swede for essentially five months weren't bothering him anymore. He'd been able to hit balls again and get in plenty of practice rounds.
Competition, though, was another story.
Turns out, Jacobson need not have worried. He missed the cut in Phoenix but has turned in top-10 finishes each of the last two weeks -- including Sunday's tie for third at the Northern Trust Open where he came within a 4-footer for par on the 72nd hole of making the playoff John Merrick won.
"I think I've taken good strides in the right direction over these last few weeks, and you know, apart from that last putt, the Callaway boys got me this new Odyssey putter that I started with in December, and it's been really hot coming out this year," Jacobson said. "So it's been a good base for my game."
Jacobson hit his first 12 greens in regulation on Sunday at Riviera, then pulled even with Merrick, his playing partner and local favorite, with birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 in what he called an "amazing atmosphere" on the back nine. He had another shot at the par-5 17th that actually would have put the hard-charging veteran in the lead but the 9-footer there stubbornly refused to fall.
"It was a slippery one there, but that was a good opportunity to maybe get one ahead there," Jacobson said. "18, I don't know, it was really close, my second shot ended up close to the hole I guess (before rolling through the green). Looked pretty good from where we were. Difference between putting from the fringe and all that.
"But you know, the last putt wasn't very good, but it is what it is."
Jacobson also played his way into the field for this week's World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. He was the second alternate after tying for seventh at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when the field was finalized and assured of a spot when Brandt Snedeker, who is nursing sore ribs, opted not to play.
Jacobson, who rose from 66th to 47th in the world thanks to his performance at Northern Trust, will play Ernie Els in a first-round match-up in the Hogan Bracket on Wednesday.
"I was just focusing on this week, obviously first I'll have to recharge, take a day off tomorrow and recharge for that when we get there," Jacobson said. "But as of now, I'm obviously very happy with the way my game has come along over these last few weeks. ...
"I wasn't expecting to be in the field coming into Pebble. It was my second week out, so I'm just excited to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to it."
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Bill Haas' lead is now just two after he made his first bogey in 42 holes at the second hole on Sunday.
Haas drove into the tree-lined right rough and then put his his second shot into the right greenside bunker. He blasted out to 8 feet but missed the putt for par to drop back to 12 under, which is where he started the day.
Haas, who had two-putted from 37 feet for birdie at No. 1, bounced back quickly, though, when he drained a 30-footer at the third hole. His playing partner, Webb Simpson, answered with a 5-footer for his second birdie of the day to move to 11 under.
The other member of the final group, Charl Schwartzel, missed an 11-foot birdie putt at the first hole, which is playing the easiest on the course, and then lipped out a 7-footer for par at the second to fall back to 8 under.
Fredrik Jacobson is the only other player in double figures at 10 under after making birdie on two of his first three holes.
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Fredrick Jacobson has recovered the two strokes he squandered with that double bogey at the fifth hole.
The Swede got up and down from the left side of the 10th hole, sinking a 5-footer for birdie, and then added a 12-inch birdie putt on the 11th hole after a pin-point wedge. Jacobson is now tied for second with playing partner John Merrick at 9 under, two strokes behind Bill Haas.
Webb Simpson, Charl Schwartzel and Sang-moon Bae, who was tied for the overnight lead with Jacobson, are 8 under. Bae is 1 over for 11 holes while Simpson and Schwartzel are 2 under through 12 and 11, respectively.