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Our New Haven Register sportswriters will be filing updates all week from the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands course in Cromwell

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Final Sunday tee times

Here they are...
8:15 a.m.: Rod Pampling
8:21: James Nittles, Graham DeLaet
8:29: Webb Simpson, Mark Brooks
8:37: Jerry Kelly, Billy Mayfair
8:45: Bryce Molder, Kenny Perry
8:53: Mark Hensby, Johnson Wagner
9:01: Jarrod Lyle, John Merrick
9:09: Charley Hoffman, Michael Bradley
9:17: Kevin Johnson, Robert Garrigus
9:25: Skip Kendall, Joe Ogilvie
9:33: J.P. Hayes, Brad Adamonis
9:42: James Driscoll, Arjun Atwal
9:51: Jay Williamson, Steve Elkington
10:00: Alex Prugh, Brian Stuard
10:09: Will MacKenzie, Michael Connell
10:18: Greg Chalmers, Brett Wetterich
10:27: David Toms, Cliff Kresge
10:36: Kevin Streelman, Bo Van Pelt
10:45: Boo Weekley, Ted Purdy
10:54: Tim Herron, Vijay Singh
11:03: Padraig Harrington, Ryan Moore
11:12: Matt Every, Rickie Fowler
11:21: Chris DiMarco, Paul Stankowski
11:30: Joe Durant, Nicholas Thompson
11:39: Stewart Cink, Aron Price
11:48: Chris Stroud, Aaron Baddeley
11:57: Stuart Appleby, Matt Goggin
12:06 p.m.: Chris Riley, Charlie Wi
12:15: Kris Blanks, Jason Bohn
12:25: Michael Sim, Carl Petterson
12:35: Tim Petrovic, Scott Verplank
12:45: Shaun Micheel, Michael Letzig
12:55: J.J. Henry, Chad Campbell
1:05: Retief Goosen, Kevin Sutherland
1:15: Corey Pavin, Bill Lunde
1:25: Bubba Watson, Matt Jones
1:35: Scott McCarron, Brendon de Jonge
1:45: Vaughn Taylor, Ricky Barnes
1:55: Justin Rose, Ben Curtis

Rose maintains 3-shot lead through three rounds

Justin Rose parred his final three holes, missing makeable birdie putts on both 16 and 18, to stay at 16-under for the Travelers Championship, three shots better than Ben Curtis.
Vaughn Taylor is third at 11-under, five behind Rose. There is a seven-way tie for fourth place at 10-under, led by Corey Pavin and Ricky Barnes.

Rose and Curtis will be in the final pairing of the day Sunday. They wree in the same final pairing in this tournament five years ago, yet neither came up with the win. That was the year Brad Faxon came out of nowhere to shoot 61, tying the course record, then winning in a sudden-death playoff.

Rose birdies 15

Rose got back to 16-under with a birdie at 15. The lead is back to three over Ben Curtis.

Lead now down to 2

Justin Rose bogeyed the par-5 13th hole, his first bogey in 36 holes, to fall back to 15-under-par for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Ben Curtis fired a 5-under 30 on the back nine, capped by a long putt for birdie on the 18th hole, to get within 2 shots of Rose. Curtis tied for fourth place in last year's tournament.

Rose leads by 4

After birdieing the sixth hole, Rose made six straight pars to remain at 16-under-par.

His lead is now 4 over Ben Curtis, who is through 15 holes, and 5 over Vaughn Taylor (thru 14).

But Rose just made his first mistake of the day, driving into the pond on the par-5 13th. We will see if he will be able to salvage a par on one of the course's easiest holes.

Consecutive birdies for Rose

Justin Rose just birdied the par-5 6th hole to get to 16-under for the tournament, opening up a 6-shot lead. This is clearly his tournament to win now.

Rose still rising

Leader Justin Rose birdied the fifth hole and is -15 overall after five holes. It was his first birdie of the day.
Charlie Wi remains in second place at -11 (-2 on the day through six holes).

Petrovic leading afternoon Connecticut connection

Tim Petrovic has made a nice move today and is -4 after 16 holes. He is tied with J.J. Henry overall at -8.
Jay Williamson is -1 through 10 holes and is -7 overall.
Jerry Kelly ended up +3 for the day and is at even par after three rounds (66-71-73-210)

Playing with a heavy heart

Shaun Micheel shot his second straight 65 Saturday to move to 8-under-par for the tournament, currently 6 shots behind leader Justin Rose.
The 2003 PGA Championship winner, Micheel has played well of late a tie for fourth place in the St. Jude's Classic and a tie for 22nd at the U.S. Open after being a co-leader after the opening round. Micheel is doing it while his mom battles cancer.
Donna Michhel's lung cancer has spread to her liver and brain among other places. Herson said her last chemotherapy session is Tuesday - then it is about making her comfortable for the rest of her time left.

Verplank rolling, Wi 3-for-3 for birdies

Scott Verplank has birdied his last three holes (11, 12 and 13) to go to 5-under in the third round. He is -9 overall.
Wi has now birdied his first three holes and is in second place at 12-under. Leader Justin Rose is even after one hole and is at 14-under.

Wi starts off hot, Barnes is solid

Charlie Wi is starting off strong and Ricky Barnes has been solid through 17 holes.
Barnes is on the 18th hole and is -6 through 17. He is tied with Kevin Sutherland for third at -10.
Wi has two birdies through his first two holes and has inched closer to leader Justin Rose . Wi is 11-under in second place and Rose is -14. Rose is on the first hole.

Goosen, Campbell move up the leaderboard

The karma was good for Retief Goosen in the third round and it wasn't too bad for his playing partner Chad Campbell.
Goosen had a bogey-free round and that positive energy contributed to a solid 64 (-6) en route to a -9 overall and tied for third (at 1:45 p.m.). He has a three-round total of 68-69-64-201.
Campbell ended up at 5-under for the day and is -8 overall (67-70-65-202).
Campbell's best shot of the day came on the ninth hole, holing out from 113 yards from the fairway for an eagle.
Now that's great karma....

Tim Petrovic leads University of Hartford trio

Tim Petrovic is having a nice day at -3 through 10 holes, -7 overall.
Jerry Kelly started the day at -3 but has been struggling in the third round. Through 16 holes he +3 for the day, +1 overall.
Through his first three holws Jay Williamson is at even par, -6 overall.
All three players attended the University of Hartford.

From last????

Defending champion Kenny Perry set the 72-hole tournament scoring record at 22-under par to win the Travelers Championship for the first time in his long career, nearly 25 appearances at the tournament.

Right now, through 14 holes, Perry is tied with Mark Brooks for last place. There is a chance Perry could be playing by himself in the first group off in Sunday's final round.

Hot group

Retief Goosen and Chad Campbell teed off in the same group at 9:49 a.m. Both were 3-under par for the tournament.

Now both are 5-under for the day on the 15th hole, standing at 8-under for the tournament. Both players will try to reach double figures before the leaders tee off at 2 p.m.

Henry has memorable round

J.J. Henry finished his third round by sinking a 12-foot putt for his seventh birdie of the day and ended up with -6 for the day and is -8 overall. The only blemish was a bogey on No. 4.
At this stage of the round (noon) he moved from tied for 60th to tied for seventh with a three-round score of 71-67-64-202.

Henry still streaking along

J.J. Henry continues a hot third round with another birdie on the par-4, 15th hole. He is -5 for the third round and is -7 overall.

Adamonis first golfer in

Brad Adamonis, who kicked off the third round as a single with a tee-off time of 8:15 a.m., finished his round at even par 70 and is -2 overall. He finished his round under three hours, coming off the 18th hole at 11:07 a.m. (2 hours, 52 minutes).

Henry goes to -4 on the day through 14 holes

J.J. Henry birdied the par-5 , 13th hole to go to -4 in the third round. He got a par on 14 and is teeing off on the 15th hole. He is a -6 overall.

Recapping some second-round tidbits

Did you know....

- On Friday, 77 players made the 36-hole cut at 2-under 138 from a field of 156 professionals

- Brad Faxon (75-73), who won the Travelers Championship in 2005, is making his 26th appearance at this event, passing Mark Brooks and Mark Calcavecchia for the most in tournament history. Faxon missed this year’s cut for just the eighth time of those 26 starts.

-Vijay Singh’s 65-66 start is his lowest back-to-back rounds since opening with a pair of 64s at the 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, where he finished T6.

-Dating back to the tournament’s 1952 inception, the second-round leader has gone on to win the event 22 times. In that same span, there have been just 10 wire-to-wire winners, with Peter Jacobson being the most recent in 2003. Justin Rose enters the third round today as the leader at -14.


Kelly even through three holes

Jerry Kelly,who attended the University of Hartford, is at even par through his first three holes and remains at 3-under overall.

J.J. Henry is still -3 on the day through 12 holes, -5 overall.

Third round action kicks off, Henry is -3 through 11 holes

Good morning from TPC River Highlands and what a day for golf!
At 10:30 a.m. golf fans are just trickling in with no wait in the parking area, which is excpected since the leaders don't tee off until this afternoon. The crowd is expected to pick up between 11 a.m. and noon. Leaders Justin Rose (-14) and Kevin Sutherland (-10), the final group, tee off at 2 p.m.

The early news is J.J. Henry. The former Fairfield resident is -3 through 11 holes and stands at -5 overall. He has a long way to go to come close to catching Rose, but at least for now he is inching his way up the leaderboard.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Second round final cut is -2, first tee time on Saturday is 8:15 a.m.

The final cut of the second round was -2.

Brad Adamonis (69-69-138) kicks off the third round on Saturday at 8:15 a.m.
The leaders, Justin Rose (64-62-126) and Kevin Sutherland (65-65-130), will be the fnal group to tee off at 2 p.m.

Sutherland gets to 10-under

Kevin Sutherland has joined Justin Rose in double digits at the Travelers Championship.

Sutherland birdied the ninth hole, his final one of the day, to get to 10-under for the tournament, a two-day total of 130. He is 4 shots behind Rose. They will be in the final pairing on Saturday.

Vijay Singh and Corey Pavin lead four players tied for third at 9-under 131 at the midway point of the Travelers Championship.

Rose has been here before

Justin Rose set the 36-hole scoring record at TPC River Highlands in 2005 at 12-under-par 128. He had a 4-shot lead heading into the weekend and a 1-shot lead going into the final round.

But that was the year Brad Faxon tied the single-round scoring record in the final round, firing a 61 to get into, and eventually win, a sudden-death playoff against Tjaart van der Walt.

Kelly makes cut, Henry at -2 with two holes to go

University of Hartford graduate Jerry Kelly parred the 18th hole to finish the day at 3-under. The cut is at -2. Former Fairfield resident J.J. Henry has two holes to go and is at -2.

We Have Double Figures!

Charlie Wi birdied No. 6 to reach 10-under. Unless someone catches Wi this evening, he will be partnered up with Justin Rose tomorrow.

Kevin Sutherland rimmed out a birdie putt on No. 6 that would have tied Wi at 10-under.

Both golfers have three holes remaining.

Connecti-Cut Line (Updated)

Unless Jerry Kelly double-bogeys 18, he will make the cut. J.J. Henry needs to play par golf over his final three holes to reach the weekend.

Brett Stegmaier is 1-over, but he has seven holes left to make up 3 shots.

Jay Williamson (-6) and Tim Petrovic (-4) are in. Tom Gleeton (+3) needs to play the best six holes of his life to make it and John Bierkan will end up tied with Dustin Garza for last place (+19). The next worse score from 19-over is +8.

Connecticut Connections (Updated)

An update on how the players with Connecticut ties are faring in the second round.

Jay Williamson (Trinity College) - 6-under (finished)
Tim Petrovic (University of Hartford) - 4-under (finished)
John Bierkan (Middlefield resident) - 19-over (finished)
Jerry Kelly (University of Hartford) - 3-under through 17
J.J. Henry (ex-Fairfield resident) - 2-under through 15
Brett Stegmaier (Ridgefield resident) - 1-over through 11
Tom Gleeton (CC of Waterbury head pro) - 3-over through 12

Sutherland of Opportunity

Kevin Sutherland has birdied three of the his last five holes to move into a five-way tie for second with Singh, Pavin, Wi and Lunde. Outside of leader Justin Rose (-14), no golfer has reached double figures under par yet. All five players in second place are at 9-under.

Connecti-Cut Line (Updated)

Jerry Kelly (-3) and J.J. Henry (-2) each made birdie. Kelly has a little breathing room from the cut line and Henry now sits on the right side of the fence.

Connecti-Cut Line

With the cut line moving from -1 to -2, Jerry Kelly (U. of Hart) now has no room to breathe as he sits 2-under par through 14 holes. Former Fairfield resident J.J. Henry is now on the outside looking in at -1. He also has four holes remaining.

Jay Williamson (Trinity) and Tim Petrovic (U. of Hart) are 6 and 4 under, respectively, and are guaranteed to make the cut.

Pavin the Way

Corey Pavin birdied No. 6 to join Vijay Singh, Ben Curtis, Charlie Wi and Bill Lunde in second place at 9 under.

Also, the cut line has moved from -1 to -2. The top 70 players, plus ties, make the cut. Seventy-two golfers now sit at 2-under or better.

Connecticut Connections (Updated)

An update on how the players with Connecticut ties are faring in the second round.

Jay Williamson (Trinity College) - 6-under (finished)
Tim Petrovic (University of Hartford) - 4-under (finished)
John Bierkan (Middlefield resident) - 19-over (finished)
Jerry Kelly (University of Hartford) - 2-under through 13
J.J. Henry (ex-Fairfield resident) - 1-under through 11
Brett Stegmaier (Ridgefield resident) - 1-over through 8
Tom Gleeton (CC of Waterbury head pro) - 3-over through 8

Curtis, Wi on the move

Former British Open champion Ben Curtis and Charlie Wi each just made birdie to join Vijay Singh and Bill Lunde in second place at 9 under, 5 shots behind leader Justin Rose.

Rose, Singh and Lunde are done for the day. Curtis has six holes to play and Wi has eight remaining.

What they're saying....

Some comments from a few of the golfers at the Travelers....

Scott McCarron - "I tell you what, 6:50 a.m. was a little early for me to tee off. I had to wake up at 4:15 or so. I think I was still asleep the first couple of holes till I finally woke up."

Steve Elkington - "I've always enjoyed coming up and playing this course and getting out of the heat in Texas, up inthis nice cool weather. It's certainly great golf weather."

Jay Williamson - "I butchered the par-5 on the front prettybad, and it kind of discombobulated me for a while. But it was nice to shoot 65 today."

Connecticut connections

An update on how the players with Connecticut ties are faring in the second round
Jay Williamson (Trinity College) - 6-under-par (finished)
Tim Petrovic (University of Hartford) - 4-under-par (finished)
Jerry Kelly (University of Hartford) - 3-under through 9
J.J. Henry (ex-Fairfield resident) - even par through 7
Tom Gleeton (CC of Waterbury head pro) - 2-over through 5
Brett Stegmaier (Ridgefield resident) - 2-over through 4
John Bierkan (Middlefield resident) - 19-over-par (finished)

Pavin among leaders on course

Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a 3-under on the back nine, his first nine holes of the day, to be the current leader on the course at 8-under, 6 shots behind leader Justin Rose.

Charlie Wi, one of four first-round leaders along with Rose, is also 8-under thru four holes.

Rose currently has a 5-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Bill Lunde

Stadler disqualified... and what will cut be?

Kevin Stadler was disqualified after his opening round of 3-over-par 73 for signing an incorrect scorecard.

With half the field in for the second round, we can start to figure out what the cut may be. Right now, anyone even par and lower are toast for the weekend. But with the TPC River Highlands yielding plenty of low scores, the guess here is the cut will come at 2-under, meaning those at 1-under will be heading home for the weekend as well.

Some of those already heading home are former champions Hunter Mahan (2007) and Brad Faxon (2005), at 3-over 143 and 8-over 148, respectively, for two rounds. Also missing the cut are Charles Howell III, Brian Gay and Billy Andrade.


Justin Rose is 14 under, followed by Vijay Singh and Bill Lunde, who are each 9 under par. Matt Jones is 8 under and Steve Elkington is -7. All five are finished for the day.

The best score still on the course is Aron Price's 7 under. He is currently on No. 9, his final hole of the day.

On the Records

Justin Rose broke the record for lowest score through 36 holes at the Travelers Championship (and everything else it's been named in the past). He has shot a 14-under 126 through the first two rounds.

He also came up 1 shot shy of tying the course record. Kirk Triplett (2000), Phil Mickelson (2001), Scott Verplank (2001), Brad Faxon (2005) and Kenny Perry (2009) have all shot 9-under 61s at TPC River Highlands.

Tommy Bolt shot a 60 in 1954 when the tournament was held at Wethersfield Country Club.

Looking forward, Faxon holds the record for the best final 36 holes of this tournament, shooting a 14-under 126 in 2005.

For 72 holes, Perry stands alone with his tournament-record 22-under-par 258 from last year.

Leader Rose 1 shot shy of course record

Leader Justin Rose just finished his 8-under 62 round, 1 shot shy of the course record.
During his post-round press conference, he said he felt unprepared at the start of the week because he hadn't been practicing much.
He then broke the record for lowest score at this tournament through 36 holes. So much for practice.

Jones makes a move through 14 holes

Matt Jones has been on a roll. He birdied his last three holes - 12, 13 and 14 - to move into sole possession of second place (for now) at -9.

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Williamson solid in second round

Connecticut connection Jay Williamson, who attended Trinity College, just finished his second round in impressive fashion with a 65. He is -5 for the round and is -6 overall for a two-round total of 69-65.


Singh, Lunde tied for second behind Rose

Vijay Singh started the day at 5-under and has made a move to pull into a two-way tie for second (behind leader Justin Rose, -13) with Bill Lunde, both at -8.
Singh just birdied the 13th hole to move to -8. Lunde, who started on the 10th tee, birdied the first hole to go to -8.

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Rose opens up big lead

JustinRose, one of four leaders after the opening round of the Travelers Championship, has opened up a 6-shot lead in the second round already.
Rose began his day on the 10th hole. After parring his opening hole, Rose birdied holes 11-15 to get to 11-under for the tournament. He parred the next four holes before birdieing holes 2 and 3 to get to 13-under for the tournament.
Three players are currently at 7-under: Vijay Singh, Bill Lunde and Aron Price.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Play completed at 8:32 p.m.

The first round was completed in the growing darkness at TPC River Highlands. There are seventy-seven golfers under par, most likely meaning the cut following the second round will come at 2-under par 138.
The lead remains at 6-under paer with Padraig Harrington, Matt Goggin, Justin Rose and Charlie Wi.

Big late-day finishes in the first round

Wow! What a wild finish in the first round of the Travelers Championship!

The final groups of the day are winding up their first-round action and some golfers have made a big move. Justin Rose birdied five of his last six holes to finish tied for the lead with Mathew Goggin, Padraig Harrington and Charlie Wi, posting a round of 64 for 6-under.
Rose missed a 12-foot putt for a birdie on the 18th hole to take the outright lead.
Vijay Singh and Kevin Sutherland also finished strong and ended up in a five-way tie at 5-under with a 65.

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Gleeton, Stegmaier battle to make the cut

Battling to make the cutCheshire's Tom Gleeton shot an even-par round of 70 Thursday and Ridgefield's Brett Stegmaier, a former Madison resident and member at New Haven Country Club, shot a 2-over 72. Both will likely need to improve their respective scores to make the cut.Gleeton, the head pro at CC of Waterbury, had three birdies (6, 10 and 15) while Stegmaier had two (2 and 10)."I hit some loose shots on the back (nine). I was pretty lucky to shoot only 2-over," Stegmaier said.

Elkington afternoon leader

Right now, 64 looks safe as the lead going into the second round.
Steve Elkington, the leader on the course, is at 4-under through 16 holes.

There should be enough daylight to complete the first round.

Storms chase crowds away?

The thunder and lightning that postponed play for 90 minutes Thursday has seemingly sent many of the spectators home for the day. The course was evacuated before the storms hit and as of a few minutes there were very few people surrounding either the ninth or 18th green in what is now sunny weather in Cromwell.

Good weather is expected for Friday and Saturday with potential thunderstorms returning Saturday night.

Travelers: Five afternoon golfers tied at 3-under

As of 4 p.m. at the Travelers Championship, five afternoon golfers are tied at 3-under - Matt Bettencourt, Michael Letzig, Steve Elkington, Jeff Overton and Will MacKenzie. Bettencourt, Letzig, Elkington and Overton are through 10 holes. MacKenzie is through eight holes.


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Travelers: Play resumes at 3:30 p.m.

With the bad weather clearing out, play resumed at the Travelers at 3:30 p.m.

Travelers: Play to resume at 3:30 p.m.

First-round play at the Travelers will resume at 3:30 p.m.

Travelers suspended play: Four groups still need to tee off

When play was suspended due to lightning, four groups still needed to tee off in the first round - two groups on the first tee and two on the 10th tee.
Still waiting to tee off on the first tee are Rich Barcelo, Cameron Tringale and John Bierkan of Middlefield (had 1:55 p.m. tee time) and Henrik Bjornstad, Cameron Percy and Derek Gillespie (2:06 p.m. tee time).
Waiting to tee off on the 10th tee are Matt Weibring, Brent Delahoussaye and Jason Caron (1:55 p.m. tee time) and Jerod Turner, Garth Mulroy and Nick Taylor (2:06 tee time).

Play suspended indefinitely at Travelers

With rain pouring down accompanied by lightning, play at the Travelers is suspended indefinitely.

Play suspended at Travelers

The afternoon play in the first round at the Travelers was suspended at 2 p.m. due to weather conditions (lightning).

Elikington leading afternoon groups at Travelers

Steve Elkington leads the afternoon group of golfers in the first round at the Travelers at 4-under after seven holes. Other top afternoon golfers are Matt Bettencourt and John Merrick, both at 3-under. Bettencourt is through eight holes and Merrick through three holes.

Hartford grad Jerry Kelly finishes strong at Travelers, 4-under after first round

Jerry Kelly has always had at least one solid round in his 12 previous appearances at the Travelers Championship. The University of Hartford grad who lives in Madison, Wis. admitted he has been plagued with inconsistency recently and is working on correcting that in 2010.
He began this week’s Travelers with a solid first-round number of 66 on Thursday and he hopes to build on his start of 4-under.
“I’ve been playing well but I haven’t been consistant,” Kelly said. “I’ve been working more on my fundamentals and putting in a lot of work with my coach (Jim Schuman, Kelly's swing coach and brother-in-law).
The extra work certainly paid off in the first round as he closed strong to keep him among the leaders.
He birdied three of the last five holes on 14, 15 and 17 and he had to work for those birds. He landed in the bunker on all three holes. He left himself with an 18-foot put out of the bunker on 14 and made the putt. On 15, he left himself with a six-foot putt that he made for birdie and on 17 he left himself with about a nine-foot putt that he made for his final bird.
“I feel good about my round,” Kelly said. “I made some great shots and some good putts, especially with the birdies on 14, 15 and 17. That shot (out of the bunker) on 15 was the best shot I had all day.”
Kelly’s best round at the Travelers was a 65 and he shot it twice - in the second round in 2001 and first round in 2009. His best overall finish at the Travelers was a tie for fourth in 2005 with a four-round total of 268.

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Harrington tied for first

Padraig Harrington is off to a good start in search of his first victory on the PGA Tour since 2008.

Harrington shot a 6-under-par 64 and is currently tied with Matt Goggin and Charlie Wi in the opening round of the Travelers Championship.

Harrington, the highest ranked player in the field at No. 15 in the world, has not won since the 2008 PGA Championship.

Connecticut connection update at the Travelers

As of noon there are four golfers with Connecticut connections out on the TPC course at the Travelers Championship.
Crowd favorite JJ Henry, a former Fairfield resident, is +1 through 16 holes.
Tom Gleeton of Cheshire is even par through 12 holes, Jerry Kelly, a University of Hartford grad, is -3 through 16 holes and Brett Stegmaier of Ridgefield, a former Madison resident, is +2 through 12 holes.


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Campbell makes first hole-in-one

Chad Campbell made the first hole-in-one at the Travelers Championship Thursday morning, using a 6-iron on the 167-yard par-3 16th hole.

Goggin finishes with a 64 at the Travelers

Mathew Goggins finished his first round with a 6-under 64 to tie Padraig Harrington at -6. Harrington is -6 though 15 holes.

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Harrington grabs early lead at Travelers

Good morning from the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
Padraig Harrington has taken the early lead at -6 through 14 holes'

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hughes to retire next week

Henry Hughes, the chief operating officer for the PGA Tour players, retires on July 1. The Travelers paid tribute to Hughes, 62, during a brief ceremony on the first tee Wednesday for his years of service and dedication to the tour and the Travelers itself when it was known as the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open.
In 1975, Hughes became the chairman of the event when it was played at Wethersfield Country Club. Hughes went to work for the tour in 1984, holding a variety of positions, including his current one, which he has held since 1999.

Morelli's picks

Register golf writer Joe Morelli's three picks to win the Travelers Championship:
1) Hunter Mahan: No one has had a better record in this tournament the past four years. A win in 2007, two ties for second and a tie for fourth last year. But after picking up his second career win earlier this year at the Phoenix Open, Mahan has missed the cut in his last three tournaments.
2) Justin Rose: Two previous top-10 finishes here and won the last tournament he played in, the Memorial, earlier this month.
3) Ben Curtis: Tied for fourth place twice here and is coming off a tie for 14th place at the U.S. Open.

Europeans going for four straight winson tour

The European contingent can make it a clean sweep in June by winning all four PGA Tour events.

Justin Rose won the Memorial to start the month, followed by Lee Westwood in a playoff at the St. Jude's Classic, then Graeme McDowell survived the U.S. Open last week.

Rose is in Cromwell this week, along with Padraig Harrington, the highest ranked player in the field at No. 14 in the World Golf Rankings.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Notable first-round pairings Thursday morning

My advice is to get here bright and early for Thursday's first round, here is who you can see:
1st tee
7:32 a.m.: defending champion Kenny Perry, Jerry Kelly and Carl Pettersson
7:42: Adam Scott, Kirk Triplett and Boo Weekley
8:03: JJ Henry, Brett Quigley and Chris Stroud
10th tee
7 a.m.: John Daly, Lee Janzen and Alex Prugh
7:42: Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen and Derek Lamely

also, Connecticut residents Tom Gleeton (Cheshire) and Brett Stegmaier (Ridgefield) tee off the 10th hole at 8:45 and 8:56, respectively.

If you are coming up in the afternoon:
1st tee
12:42 p.m.: Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan and Scott Verplank

John Bierkan of Middlefield, who received a sponsor's exemption, tees off the first hole Thursday at 1:55 p.m.

The tee times are reversed for Friday's second round: morning guys Thursday go off in the afternoon on Friday, etc.

Kuchar among Tuesday's withdrawals

Matt Kuchar, who is the No. 25 player in the Wolrd Golf Rankings, withdrew Tuesday, along with Nathan Green.

They have been replaced in the field by Marco Dawson and Kirk Triplett, respectively.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Stegmaier among Travelers qualifiers

Brett Stegamier of New Haven Country Club fired a 5-under-par 67 Monday at Gillette Ridge Golf Club in Bloomfield to be one of four qualifers for this week's Travelers Championship.
Stegmaier, who now resides in Ridgefield, joins Jason Caron (Jupiter, Fla.), Chris Rogers (Nashville) and Derek Gillespie (Oshawa, Ontario) in the tournament beginning Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
Gillespie made seven birdies to get into a three-way sudden death playoff at 4-under 68 against former PGA Tour winner Frank Lickliter and Tarik Can. Gillespie, who plays on the Canadian Tour, birdied the second hole to grab the fourth spot.
Caron, who last played in a PGA Tour event when he failed to make the cut at the 2009 Honda Classic, had birdies on five of the last seven holes to share medalist honors.
Rogers will be playing in his second PGA event of 2010 after finishing tied for 65th in the St. Jude Classic. Rogers overcame consecutive bogeys on No. 11 and 12 as he posted three of his seven birdies on the final six holes.
Stegmaier last played in the Travelers in 2006, when he received a sponsors exemption. He missed the cut.
Among the players who failed to qualify were former PGA Tour pros Bob Heintz (70), who graduated from Yale University, Robert Gamez (72) and Len Mattiace (74).

Stegmaier qualifies

Brett Stegmaier, formerly of Madison and a member of New Haven Country Club was one of four to earn spots in the Travelers this week during the qualifier at Gillette Ridge in Bloomfield today. He shot five under par 67 at the Arnold Palmer designed course.

Jason Caron of Jupitor, Fla., and Chris Rogers of Nashville, Tenn. also were at 5-under 67.

Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont. shot 68 and won a three-way sudden death playoff against Frank Lickliter of Ponte Vedra, Fla. and Tarik Can Manhasset, N.Y. to earn the fourth spot into the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

The Travelers Championship starts Thursday at TPC RiverHighlands in Cromwell.


Some of the more interesting foursomes in Wednesday's celebrity pro-am (all starting off the first tee): UConn football coach Randy Edsall, men's basketball associate heade coach George Blaney and ex-Patriot linebacker Andre Tippet at 8:20 a.m. with pro John Merrick (not of Elephant Man fame); UConn men's hoops coach Jim Calhoun, ESPN's Karl Ravech and Ray Lamontagne with pro Bubba Watson at 12:10 p.m.; singer Michael Bolton (that's a cool name ... no, that was a cool name, until that ... oh, never mind), actor Rob Morrow and Tommy Febbraio with pro Brett Quigley at 12:30 p.m.; ESPN's Chris Berman, skiier Bode Miller and ex-Boston College/CFL/Patriot quarterback Doug Flutie with pro Brad Faxon at 12:40 p.m. (will Flutie drop-kick one off the tee?); Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Brian Belichick with pro Vaughn Taylor at 1:30 p.m.; and Goodfella Joe Pesci, UConn women's associate head coach Chris Dailey and James Naughton with pro Jason Bohn at 1:40 p.m.

Mediate, Beckman Withdraw

Rocco Mediate and Cameron Beckman have withdrawn from this year's Travelers tournament. Paul Stankowski and Mark Hensby will take their places.