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PGA - Travelers Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 20th through Sunday, June 23rd
SITE: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert J. Ross and Maurice Kearney (1928),
         Pete Dye (1982), Bobby Weed (1989)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,854
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 4 433 yds
9 - Par 4 406 yds18 - Par 4 444 yds
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35 3,535 yds35 3,319 yds
 
Annual:  62nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Marc Leishman
Runner-Up:  Charley Hoffman, Bubba Watson
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:  $6,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,098,000; 2nd Place - $658,800; 3rd Place - $414,800
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Marc Leishman266John Rollins268
Charley Hoffman267Roland Thatcher268
Bubba Watson267Brendon de Jonge269
Tim Clark268Fredrik Jacobson269
Brian Davis268Matt Kuchar269
 
Past Travelers Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Marc Leishman (266) -- Charley Hoffman, Bubba Watson
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
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Marc Leishman------------------T-70------Won
Bubba Watson---------mc---T-6T-14WonT-38T-2
Charley Hoffman------------mc------T-27T-43T-2
John Rollins---mcT-25---mcT-52mc---T-2T-4
Freddie Jacobson---------T-48mc---mc---WonT-8
Hunter MahanmcT-21T-54T-2WonT-2T-4mcT-43T-11
Padraig Harrington------------T-54------T-5T-63T-11
Bo Van Pelt---T-21T-25---T-6mcT-9T-34T-13T-24
Webb Simpson---------------T-37T-26T-57T-13T-29
Keegan Bradley------------------------T-63T-29
Aaron BaddeleyT-68T-61mcmc------T-77T-27T-24T-37
Jerry Kelly---T-13T-4mcT-15mcT-7063rdT-38T-37
Vijay Singh------------4th5thT-51T-13T-43T-37
Ryan Moore---------T-2T-33mcT-4T-13T-2T-47
J.J. HenryT-21T-54T-31WonT-13T-59T-23T-42T-24T-47
Ian Poulter------------------------T-24T-62
Zach Johnson---T-3T-42T-21mc---18th---T-24T-64
Brad FaxonT-36T-13WonmcT-33---mcmcmcmc
Justin Rose---T-713rdmcT-9T-19mcT-9------
Rickie Fowler------------------mcT-13------
Stewart CinkT-21------T-5T-75WonmcT-47------
Jason Dufner---T-44------T-67mc------------
Lee Westwood------T-51---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Hunter Mahan
Darkhorse - John Rollins
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (L.Donald, M.Kuchar, A.Scott) - T-8, T-28, T-45
Last Week's Darkhorse (H.Mahan, E.Els, S.Garcia) - T-4, T-4, T-45
 
NOTES:
This week, the PGA Tour travels to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. The field is highlighted by U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, who captured his first major championship last week at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. This is the 30th straight year the event will be held at the TPC River Highlands. Wethersfield Country Club hosted for the first 32 years. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $6.1 million, with the winner receiving $1,098,000.

Rose is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world. Other top-25 players competing this week are: Lee Westwood (12), Keegan Bradley (14), Jason Dufner (17), Ian Poulter (18), 2010 champion Bubba Watson (19) and 2007 champion Hunter Mahan (22).

The No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, Chris Williams, will make his professional debut this week. Williams, a senior at the University of Washington, will play on a sponsor's exemption. He recently won the Ben Hogan Award, which is given to the top men's player in college and amateur events in the last year. Williams also won the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Award for the world's No. 1 ranked amateur.

Last year, Marc Leishman fired an 8-under 62 in the final round to go into the clubhouse as the leader, then waited as every challenger fell short before claiming the title. Leishman, who won for the first time on the PGA Tour, finished the tournament at 14-under-par 266 for a 1-shot win over Charley Hoffman and Watson. He came from six shots back on the final day to win. Leishman will attempt to become the first player since Phil Mickelson in 2001-02 to successfully defend his title.

Leishman became the 16th player to capture his first PGA Tour event at this tournament, joining Bob Toski (1953), Charlie Sifford (1967), Don Bies (1975), Tim Norris (1982), 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), Watson (2010) and Freddie Jacobson (2011).

In 2011, 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.

Watson 2-putted for par on the second playoff hole in 2010 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 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.

Mahan birdied the 18th hole, once in regulation and once in a playoff, in 2007 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 3-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 Tiger Woods will defend his title.

06/18 15:18:51 ET

As of June 18, 2013, at 03:19 PM ET