Three Major Championship Winners Add to Early Commitments
CROMWELL, Conn., March 18, 2011 – The Travelers Championship announced today that Padraig Harrington, Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard committed to play in the 2011 Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Combined, the three players have five major championships and 24 PGA TOUR victories.
“We are very excited to have Harrington, Johnson and Leonard commit to our growing field of top PGA TOUR professionals,” said Nathan Grube, tournament director for the Travelers Championship. “These players represent some of the best talent on the PGA TOUR and we are looking forward to seeing these fan favorites back in Cromwell this June.”
Padraig Harrington has 21 total career wins internationally, including three majors, and is currently 34th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He won the 2007 and 2008 British Open Championships as well as the 2008 PGA Championship. Harrington is a six-time member of the European Ryder Cup team and also has played in 11 World Cups and five Dunhill Cups. Harrington will be making his third appearance to TPC River Highlands this summer.
The 2007 Masters Tournament winner, Zach Johnson has seven career PGA TOUR victories including a tie for third in the 2010 PGA Championship. In 2006, he was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Johnson is currently ranked 33rd in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Justin Leonard owns 12 career PGA TOUR victories. He won the British Open Championship in 1997, and earned second place finishes at the PGA Championship twice – in 1997 and 2004. Additionally, he won THE PLAYERS Championship in 1998 and was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1997 and 1999.
All three join already committed players Bubba Watson, Kenny Perry, Vijay Singh, Lucas Glover, Jhonattan Vegas and Anthony Kim in the 2011 field. The Travelers Championship is the PGA TOUR’s only early summer stop in the Northeast and will be held June 20 – 26, 2011, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Ticket information is available now at www.TravelersChampionship.com.
About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship will be held June 20 – 26, 2011, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. As the only PGA TOUR event in the Northeast in early summer, the Travelers Championship is one of the region’s premier sporting events. The tournament proudly supports the PGA TOUR Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, serving children facing serious illness; the Greater Hartford Jaycees, a leadership development and community service organization; and more than 130 other nonprofit organizations throughout New England. The event is sponsored by Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto and business. Travelers has been doing business in the community for nearly a century and a half, and today has more than 6,000 employees in the Greater Hartford area. The Official Property Casualty Insurer of the PGA TOUR, Travelers has been a sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952, becoming title sponsor in 2007. Complete details are available on www.TravelersChampionship.com.