By TOM YANTZ, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
8:34 PM EDT, June 20, 2012
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Vermont native and defending PGA Championship winner would love to follow the New England path of Fairfield's J.J. Henry in 2006 and win this tournament. Bradley will have a strong cheering section.
PATRICK CANTLAY: His name was splashed across all the major sports news outlets last year when he set the PGA Tour record for lowest round by an amateur (60) in the second round. He just turned pro, so what better way to celebrate than to triumph in his debut.
FREDDIE JACOBSON: Looks to be only the second player in tournament history to win consecutive titles. The first was Phil Mickelson in 2001 and '02. Jacobson tied for 15th at theU.S. Open.
ZACH JOHNSON: Won the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial and was second at RBC Heritage. Stands fourth in FedEx Cup standings. Plays well here, with top finishes being a tie for third in 2004 and 18th in 2009.
MATT KUCHAR: Ranks second in tour scoring average (69.29). Won the Players Championship and was respectable at the U.S. Open with a tie for 27th.
HUNTER MAHAN: Ranks second in tour earnings, second in FedEx Cup standings, sixth in greens in regulation and eighth in total driving. Those are impressive numbers. But the more important numbers are he was No. 1 in the 2007 Travelers Championship and is No. 1 in career earnings in this tournament.
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: Scored the great double eagle 2 at the Masters, but lost to Bubba Watson's brilliant shot from the trees on the first playoff hole. Oosthuizen displayed true grit by winning the following week in the Malaysian Open. Ranks first on tour in making putts inside 5 feet (98.63 percent). All will be beneficial at TPC River Highlands.
JOHN PETERSON: Recorded a hole-in-one Sunday at the U.S. Open in his surge to tie for fourth place. The 2011 NCAA champion looks poised to make a run at the Travelers trophy.
WEBB SIMPSON: Yes, he might be tired after his monumental U.S. Open victory, traveling across the country and dealing with all the demands on him. But he's hot, and maybe that sizzle can continue at TPC River Highlands.
MICHAEL THOMPSON: Recorded the best first- (66) and fourth-round (67) scores in the U.S. Open to tie for fourth. Also was fourth last year in the Travelers Championship.
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