Marc Leishman captured his first PGA TOUR win at last year's Travelers Championship and is back to defend this week.
Leishman stole the show with a final-round 62 at TPC River Highlands last season, rapidly improving from his T70 in his only other appearance in 2009. He had a great run from the Masters to the HP Byron Nelson Championship earlier this year, but has seen his form cool off the last few weeks. His missed cut at Merion last week was his first since the Shell Houston Open. Given he followed that up with a T4 at the Masters, maybe that's just what the doctor ordered.
Bo Van Pelt hasn't had the 2013 season he drew up, but things are beginning to improve ahead of the Travelers Championship.
BVP has made his last seven cuts, including a T21 at the U.S. Open last week. Four of his last seven starts have gone for top 25s, so he's close to morphing into that T8 machine gamers came to love a year ago. He's made seven (of nine) cuts at TPC River Highlands including a pair of top 10s.
Ben Crane heads to TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship.
Crane has only played in this tournament twice over the years, pulling out after an opening 71 in 2009 and sharing 59th in 2011. His 2013 season started off a little shaky, but things have turned around of late. Included in his highlights are a T4 at the Shell Houston Open, a T8 at THE PLAYERS, and he enters off a respectable T18 at TPC Southwind two weeks ago.
Mark Wilson hasn't played the Travelers Championship since 2006 when he missed the cut for the third time in as many trips.
One can only speculate why he's added TPC River Highlands back to his rota, but at 92nd in the FedExCup standings it could be an attempt to try and add a few more points to his war chest ahead of the Playoffs. He enters off a T18 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
William McGirt will make his third start at the Travelers Championship this week.
In two previous attempts, McGirt has failed to secure a cut. As it were, each of his four rounds have gotten progressively worse. He opened with a 69 in 2011 and followed it up with an even-par 70. In 2012, he went 70-71 before being shown the door. At 114th in FedExCup points, he has little margin for error in the coming weeks if he hopes to lock up a TOUR card for a fourth consecutive season.
Greg Owen enters the Travelers Championship with plenty of work to do if he hopes to retain his PGA TOUR card for 2013-14.
Owen earned well over $1.1 million in 2012, but has only amassed $204,996 this season and ranks 171st in the ever important FedExCup standings. In his last six starts of 2013, he has five missed cuts and a T80. In three previous trips to TPC River Highlands, he's failed to secure a paycheck. In short, he's a terrible option for gamers playing weekly formats.
Scott Gardiner will play in his 17th event of 2013 at the Travelers Championship.
Gardiner has made just four cuts in his previous 16 starts, but two of them went for top 25s. Unfortunately for him, he's missed 11 of his last 12 cuts with a T22 at the Wells Fargo the only paycheck in the storm. He ranks outside the top 100 in virtually every major statistical category, so narrowing down his areas of concern are almost impossible.
Alistair Presnell's rookie campaign heads to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship.
As you might assume, this is Presnell's first trip to TPC River Highlands. He broke a string of five missed cuts dating back to the RBC Heritage with his T67 at the U.S. Open which included a 76-79 finish. At 131st in par breakers, it's hard to imagine he will make enough birdies to contend at the annual shootout that awaits.