HARTFORD, Conn. – A former champion and an up-and-coming newcomer have committed to play in the Travelers Championship.
Marc Leishman, whose 2012 victory at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell was the first of his six PGA Tour wins, and Matthew Wolff, who turned at the 2019 tournament on a sponsors’ exemption, have joined a star-studded field that will play in Connecticut’s biggest sporting event on June 23-26.
“Marc had an unforgettable week here in 2012 and Matt has a history with us dating back to 2019,” tournament director Nathan Grube said. “Both of these players are fantastic additions to our field, which keeps getting better.”
Leishman came from six shots back in the final round to win the Travelers Championship 10 years ago, shooting a closing 8-under-par 62. He has since added PGA Tour wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the BMW Championship in 2017, at the CIMB Classic in 2018, at Torrey Pines in 2020 and with Cam Smith to win the team event in New Orleans in 2021. This season, Leishman has three top-10 finishes, led by a tie for third at the Shriners Children’s Open. He has played on the International Team at the Presidents Cup four times and represented his native Australia at the Olympics last year. He will be making his 12th start at TPC River Highlands.
Wolff made his professional debut on the PGA Tour in Cromwell three years ago. He won two starts later, at the 3M Open. Since then, Wolff has six more Top-10 finishes, most recently at this season’s Shriners Children’s Open, where he finished second. Two of the Top-10 finishes have come in major championships: he tied for fourth at the 2020 PGA Championship and finished second in the U.S. Open the same year. This will be his fourth appearance in the Travelers Championship.
“We’ve gotten to know Marc and Matt over the years – they are both extremely talented, and we appreciate how much they’ve supported our event,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “To see them grow into tournament winners at the professional level isn’t a surprise. I’m thrilled that they’ll be joining us this year.”
Leishman and Wolff join a field that already included No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, whose four victories this year include the Masters; No. 5 Justin Thomas, who won the PGA Championship; No. 6 Patrick Cantlay, the PGA Tour Player of the Year and FedExCup winner in 2021; No. 8 Rory McIlroy, who finished second in the Masters; No. 11 Xander Schauffele, the Olympic gold medalist; No. 13 Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Travelers champion; No. 14 Will Zalatoris, who lost a playoff to Thomas in the PGA Championship; No.18 Joaquin Niemann; No. 19 Brooks Koepka; No. 21 Abraham Ancer; No. 26 Harris English, the defending champion; No. 36 Harold Varner III and fan favorite and major tournament supporter Bubba Watson, who will try to tie Hall of Famer Billy Casper for most tournament titles (four) if he has recovered from a torn meniscus in his knee that will sideline him 4-to-6 weeks.