Golf Rankings for Travelers Championship
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1. Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #6

With 20 consecutive cuts made, Kuchar currently leads all players in that statistic. He has made half a dozen starts at TPC River Highlands, but has not competed here since 2008. Over his last nine starts, Kuchar won THE PLAYERS while collecting a total of six top-15s. He ranks second in scoring average and eighth in All-Around Ranking.

2. Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27

While many players would take a week or two off after winning a major championship, Simpson has confirmed he’s staying in this week’s field. Despite some struggles for much of 2012, Simpson’s emergence is not coming out of nowhere after nearly winning the FedExCup last year. Simpson finished a career-best T13 at TPC River Highlands in 2011 and has made the cut in all four of his starts at the site.

3. Padraig Harrington [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #178

After missing two straight cuts, Harrington has turned his season around with three straight top-15s and is coming off a season-high T4 at the U.S. Open. The native of Dublin finished T5 at TPC River Highlands in 2010, but returned last year with a T63. Harrington is now up to eighth in scoring average.

4. Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34

From 2006-09, Mahan strung together four consecutive finishes inside the top five at TPC River Highlands, highlighted by a victory in 07 and a pair of runner-up performances. Mahan is currently second in the FedExCup point standings and ranks third in ball striking, but has just one top-20 finish in his last five events. While he’s struggled in his last two appearances on this track, the overall resume is very impressive.

5. Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4

After winning this event in 2010, Watson finished T38 at TPC River Highlands a year ago. Bubba began the season with eight straight finishes inside the top 20 in stroke play events, winning the Masters, but has missed two straight cuts. Watson is first in driving distance and greens in regulation percentage, sixth in birdie average, 13th in scoring average and ninth in All-Around Ranking.

6. Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #37

Since 2006, Moore has made six straight starts at TPC River Highlands earning a share of second in 2006 and 2011 in addition to another top-five in 2009. After scoring three finishes of eighth or better in a span of four starts, Moore has finished outside of the top 25 in three straight but has made each cut. Despite a dip in performance, Moore has been able to get things done on this track.

7. Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12

Since winning at Colonial, Johnson missed the cut at TPC Southwind and is coming off a T41 at the U.S. Open. A year ago, ZJ finished T24 in his sixth career start at TPC River Highlands after skipping the event in 2010. Johnson sits sixth in strokes gained – putting, ninth in scoring average and 11th in All-Around Ranking.

8. Fredrik Jacobson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #91

Last year, Jacobson won for the first time on Tour at TPC River Highlands. Over his last six starts of 2012, the Swede has registered three top-20s, including a T15 in last week’s U.S. Open. Jacobson has been a consistent performer for much of the season, but will be battling uphill to defend his title.

9. Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #106

Prior to last week’s T59 at the U.S. Open, Van Pelt had captured three straight top-20s. Since 2007, BVP has two top-10s and three top-15s at TPC River Highlands. He ranks fifth in total driving and sixth in All-Around Ranking.

10. Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22

In his first career start at TPC River Highlands, Poulter finished T24 last year recording all four rounds in the 60s. Before a T41 at the U.S. Open, he compiled two top-10s and three straight top-25s while playing stateside. Poulter has also been successful on the European Tour, recently finishing T10 against a loaded field at the BMW PGA Championship.

11. Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #38

In a span of three worldwide events, Oosthuizen won the Maybank Malaysian Open, finished second in the Masters and scored a solo third at the Shell Houston Open. That sensational run allowed him to jump 15 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings. However, he’s missed four cuts in his last five and will be competing at TPC River Highlands for the first time.

12. John Rollins [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #135

Rollins has missed seven cuts this season, including two in a row, but has eight top-25s in 16 events played. While he carries some risk, Rollins scored a share of second at TPC River Highlands last year. He ranks second in total driving, 10th in ball striking and 30th in All-Around Ranking.
 

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