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Reed, Casey and Leishman latest to commit to Travelers Championship

HARTFORD, Conn., April 3 – The Travelers Championship announced that 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed will play in this year’s tournament, his eighth appearance at the Travelers. On March 20 it had been announced that two-time Travelers runner-up Paul Casey, including last year, and 2012 winner Marc Leishman are the latest to commit to play in this summer’s tournament.

“Marc and Paul are fierce competitors who are often found near the top of our leaderboard,” Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube was quoted in a press release. “Adding them to our field certainly builds on the competition, which can only make our tournament that much more exciting for the fans.”

Leishman and Casey join six other current top-20 players — Brooks Koepka (No. 3), Justin Thomas (No. 5), Bryson DeChambeau (No. 6), Francesco Molinari (No. 7), Tony Finau (No. 14) and defending champion Bubba Watson (No. 17) — who already have committed to play in the 2019 Travelers, set for June 17-23 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. For tickets and more information on this year’s tournament, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.

Casey finished second in 2015, when he lost to Bubba Watson in a playoff, and again in 2018. He is a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with victories at the 2009 Shell Houston Open and 2018 Valspar Championship. Casey has 13 wins on the European Tour, most recently at the KLM Open in 2014. A 41-year-old from England, he has represented Team Europe in four Ryder Cups, has been as high as No. 3 in the world golf rankings and is currently ranked No. 15.

Leishman earned the first of his four PGA TOUR victories at the 2012 Travelers when he shot a 62 in the final round. In eight tournament appearances, Leishman has made seven cuts, won once and has finished in the top 20 three other times. He won twice on the PGA TOUR in 2017, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and BMW Championship. Leishman’s fourth win came this season at the CIMB Classic. The 35-year-old from Australia has played in the past three Presidents Cups and is currently No. 18 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Cliff Schrock