HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Zach Johnson, who held off Tiger Woods and two other players to win the Masters, committed to playing the Travelers Championship in June.
The Travelers Championship, formerly known as the Greater Hartford Open and Buick Championship, is being revamped with a new $6 million purse and course improvements for the June 18-24 event.
“Zach’s win at the Masters was phenomenal,” said tournament director Nathan Grube on Monday. “It was the kind of win that keeps spectators holding their breath and keeps golf fans talking about it long after the last shot.”
Johnson shot a closing 3-under 69 that included three birdies on the back nine.
He wound up at 1-over 289 for a two-stroke win over Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini, matching the highest winning score in Masters history.
Johnson made the cut in each of his four Connecticut appearances. His best showing was a tie for third place in 2004. In 2005, he tied for 42nd and shot his career lowest round, 63. He tied for 21st place last year.
This year’s tournament runs will be held at the Tournament Players Club at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Phil Mickelson is also scheduled to play, with a $1 million prize to the winner.
The total purse will be $1.5 million more than last year and the highest in the tournament’s 55-year history.