PGA Tour
PGA - Travelers Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24th
SITE: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert J. Ross and Maurice Kearney (1928),
         Pete Dye (1982), Bobby Weed (1989)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,841
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 434 yds10 - Par 4 462 yds
2 - Par 4 341 yds11 - Par 3 158 yds
3 - Par 4 431 yds12 - Par 4 411 yds
4 - Par 4 481 yds13 - Par 5 523 yds
5 - Par 3 223 yds14 - Par 4 421 yds
6 - Par 5 574 yds15 - Par 4 296 yds
7 - Par 4 443 yds16 - Par 3 171 yds
8 - Par 3 202 yds17 - Par 4 420 yds
9 - Par 4 406 yds18 - Par 4 444 yds
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35 3,535 yds35 3,306 yds
 
Annual:  61st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Fredrik Jacobson
Runner-Up:  Ryan Moore, John Rollins
Tournament Record:  258 (Kenny Perry, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Tim Norris, 1982; Mark Calcavecchia, 2000)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Justin Rose, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Tommy Bolt, 1954 - Wethersfield Country Club)
Course Record:  60 (Patrick Cantlay, 2011)
Total Purse:  $6,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,080,000; 2nd Place - $648,000; 3rd Place - $408,000
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Fredrik Jacobson260Bryce Molder265
Ryan Moore261Andres Romero265
John Rollins261Kevin Streelman265
Michael Thompson262Four players at266
James Driscoll264
 
Past Travelers Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Fredrik Jacobson (260) -- Ryan Moore, John Rollins
2010*Bubba Watson (266) -- Corey Pavin, Scott Verplank
2009Kenny Perry (258) -- Paul Goydos, David Toms
2008Stewart Cink (262) -- Tommy Armour III, Hunter Mahan
2007*Hunter Mahan (265) -- Jay Williamson
2006J.J. Henry (266) -- Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore
2005Brad Faxon (266) -- Tjaart van der Walt
2004*Woody Austin (270) -- Tim Herron
2003Peter Jacobsen (266) -- Chris Riley
2002Phil Mickelson (266) -- Jonathan Kaye, Davis Love III
2001Phil Mickelson (264) -- Billy Andrade
2000Notah Begay III (260) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1999Brent Geiberger (262) -- Skip Kendall
1998*Olin Browne (266) -- Stewart Cink, Larry Mize
1997Stewart Cink (267) -- Tom Byrum, Brandel Chamblee, Jeff Maggert
1996D.A. Weibring (270) -- Tom Kite
1995Greg Norman (267) -- Dave Stockton Jr, Kirk Triplett, Grant Waite
1994David Frost (268) -- Greg Norman
1993Nick Price (271) -- Dan Forsman, Roger Maltbie
1992Lanny Wadkins (274) -- Dan Forsman, Donnie Hammond, Nick Price
1991*Billy Ray Brown (271) -- Rick Fehr, Corey Pavin
1990Wayne Levi (267) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Brad Fabel, Rocco Mediate,
Chris Perry
1989Paul Azinger (269) -- Wayne Levi
1988*Mark Brooks (269) -- Dave Barr, Joey Sindelar
1987Paul Azinger (269) -- Dan Forsman, Wayne Levi
1986*Mac O'Grady (269) -- Roger Maltbie
1985*Phil Blackmar (271) -- Jodie Mudd, Dan Pohl
1984Peter Jacobsen (269) -- Mark O'Meara
1983Curtis Strange (268) -- Jay Haas, Jack Renner
1982Tim Norris (259) -- Ray Floyd, Hubert Green
1981Hubert Green (264) -- Bobby Clampett, Fred Couples, Roger Maltbie
1980*Howard Twitty (266) -- Jim Simons
1979Jerry McGee (268) -- Jack Renner
1978Rod Funseth (264) -- Dale Douglass, Lee Elder, Bill Kratzert
1977Bill Kratzert (265) -- Grier Jones, Larry Nelson
1976Rik Massengale (266) -- Al Geiberger, J.C. Snead
1975*Don Bies (267) -- Hubert Green
1974Dave Stockton (268) -- Ray Floyd
1973Billy Casper (264) -- Bruce Devlin
1972*Lee Trevino (269) -- Lee Elder
1971*George Archer (268) -- Lou Graham, J.C. Snead
1970Bob Murphy (267) -- Paul Harney
1969*Bob Lunn (268) -- Dave Hill
1968Billy Casper (266) -- Bruce Crampton
1967Charlie Sifford (272) -- Steve Oppermann
1966Art Wall (266) -- Wes Ellis
1965*Billy Casper (274) -- Johnny Pott
1964Ken Venturi (273) -- Al Besselink, Paul Bondeson, Sam Carmichael,
Jim Grant
1963Billy Casper (271) -- George Bayer
1962*Bob Goalby (271) -- Art Wall
1961*Billy Maxwell (271) -- Ted Kroll
1960*Arnold Palmer (270) -- Bill Collins, Jack Fleck
1959Gene Littler (272) -- Tom Nieporte
1958Jack Burke (268) -- Dow Finsterwald, Art Wall
1957Gardner Dickinson (272) -- George Bayer
1956*Arnold Palmer (274) -- Ted Kroll
1955Sam Snead (269) -- Fred Hawkins, Mike Souchak
1954*Tommy Bolt (271) -- Earl Stewart
1953Bob Toski (269) -- Jim Ferrier
1952Ted Kroll (273) -- Lawson Little, Skee Riegel, Earl Stewart

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Buick Championship (2004-06), Greater Hartford Open
(2003), Canon Greater Hartford Open (1989-2002), Canon Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open (1985-88), Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open (1973-84), Greater Hartford Open Invitational (1967-72), Insurance City Open (1952-66).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Fredrik Jacobson------------T-48mc---mc---Won
Ryan Moore------------T-2T-33mcT-4T-13T-2
John Rollinsmc---mcT-25---mcT-52mc---T-2
Michael Thompson------------------T-59------4th
Bo Van Peltmc---T-21T-25---T-6mcT-9T-34T-13
Webb Simpson------------------T-37T-26T-57T-13
Aaron Baddeley---T-68T-61mcmc------T-77T-27T-24
J.J. HenrymcT-21T-54T-31WonT-13T-59T-23T-42T-24
Zach Johnson------T-3T-42T-21mc---18th---T-24
Patrick Cantlay---------------------------T-24
Ian Poulter---------------------------T-24
Bubba Watson------------mc---T-6T-14WonT-38
Jerry Kellymc---T-13T-4mcT-15mcT-7063rdT-38
Ricky Barnes---------------------T-59T-5T-43
Vijay SinghT-33------------4th5thT-51T-13T-43
Hunter Mahan---mcT-21T-54T-2WonT-2T-4mcT-43
Padraig Harrington---------------T-54------T-5T-63
Keegan Bradley---------------------------T-63
Kenny PerryT-13T-4---7thT-66T-15T-6WonT-74mc
Brad FaxonT-63T-36T-13WonmcT-33---mcmcmc
Matt KucharmcmcmcT-36------T-52---------
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Padraig Harrington
Darkhorse - John Merrick
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (J.Rose, I.Poulter, L.Donald) - T-21, T-41, MC
Last Week's Darkhorse (J.Furyk, J.Byrd, B.Van Pelt) - T-4, T-56, T-59
 
NOTES:
This week, the PGA Tour travels to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. The field is highlighted by the last three major championship winners - Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley. Simpson captured his first major last week at the U.S. Open. He is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 5 in the world. Other top 10 players in the field are: 2010 champion Watson (6), Players champion Matt Kuchar (7) and 2007 champion Hunter Mahan (10). This is the 29th straight year the event will be held at the TPC River Highlands. Wethersfield Country Club hosted for the first 32 years.

Top-ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay will make his professional debut this week. The 20-year-old finished tied for 41st at the U.S. Open last week in his final tournament as an amateur. Cantlay fired a course-record 60 in the second round of this event last year, the 24th round of 60 in PGA Tour history. It was the lowest round ever by an amateur on the PGA Tour. Cantlay held the 36-hole lead before finishing tied for 24th.

Last year, Fredrik Jacobson finally won on the PGA Tour in his 188th start. He shot four rounds in the 60s to finish at 20-under-par 260. Jacobson won by a single stroke over Ryan Moore and John Rollins. The Swede became the first international winner since Australian Greg Norman in 1995. Jacobson will attempt to become the first player since Phil Mickelson in 2001-02 to successfully defend his title.

Jacobson became the 14th player to capture his first PGA Tour event at this tournament, joining Bob Toski (1953), Charlie Sifford (1967), Don Bies (1975), Phil Blackmar (1985), Mac O'Grady (1986), Mark Brooks (1988), Billy Ray Brown (1991), Stewart Cink (1997), Olin Browne (1998), Brent Geiberger (1999), J.J. Henry (2006), Mahan (2007) and Watson (2010).

In 2010, Watson two-putted for par on the second playoff hole to earn his first PGA Tour title. Watson survived a double-bogey on the 17th hole of regulation to get into the playoff. He birdied No. 18 to post a 4-under 66 and join Scott Verplank and Corey Pavin at 14-under-par 266. Watson came from six shots back on the final day to win.

In 2009, Kenny Perry fired a course-record-tying 61 in the first round on his way to winning. Perry established a new tournament record of 22-under 258 and won by three strokes over Paul Goydos and David Toms. Tim Norris held the old tournament record of 259 set in 1982. The win was Perry's 14th on the PGA Tour and second of 2009.

In 2007, Mahan birdied the 18th hole, once in regulation and once in a playoff, to beat Jay Williamson and collect his first PGA Tour win. Mahan, who was a runner-up in 2006, made his first start in a professional tournament at this event in 2000, missing the cut as an amateur when it was still called the Greater Hartford Open.

Henry, a Fairfield, Connecticut native, carded a 3-under 67 in the final round of the 2006 event to cruise to a three-stroke win. Henry finished at 14-under-par 266 for his first PGA Tour victory, becoming the first Connecticut native to win this tournament.

Brad Faxon knocked his second shot from a fairway bunker to three feet to set up a birdie in 2005, giving him the win on the first hole of a playoff against Tjaart van der Walt. Faxon's weekend total of 126 (65-61) was the lowest in tournament history.

In 2003, Peter Jacobsen captured his first PGA Tour victory in eight years and became the oldest winner of this tournament (49 years, 4 months, 23 days). Jacobsen waited 19 years from his first win at this event (1984) to his next. Hale Irwin holds the PGA Tour mark of 21 years between wins at the same tournament. Irwin captured the 1973 Heritage Classic and again in 1994.

Suzy Whaley, an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional from Connecticut, competed at the 2003 event. Whaley, who won a Connecticut qualifier in the fall of 2002 to gain entrance, missed the cut after shooting rounds of 75-78.

Multiple winners of this tournament are: Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer, Paul Azinger, Mickelson, Jacobsen and Cink (Casper four times; Palmer, Azinger, Mickelson, Jacobsen and Cink two each). Both of Palmer's wins came in playoffs. Mickelson is the only player in tournament history to win in back-to-back seasons (2001-02).

The PGA Tour moves to Bethesda, Maryland next week for the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, where Nick Watney will defend his title.

06/19 16:59:49 ET

As of June 19, 2012, at 05:00 PM ET