Travelers Championship Picks

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By Tom Wilkinson

 

You might think that after last week’s U.S. Open that the best players in the world would be taking the week off, but that is not the case, as five of the top six ranked players in the world are in the field for this week’s Travelers Championship. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is joined by Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Sam Burns and Patrick Cantlay. The field is also very deep as a number of other marquee players are expected to play including Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka. It doesn’t hurt that Cromwell, Connecticut, the site of the Travelers Championship is less than two hours from Brookline, Massachusetts. Let’s look at Travelers Championship picks.

 

Venue: TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut is the site for the Travelers Championship. It is a par 70 that measures just 6,852 yards, making it the second-shortest course on the PGA Tour schedule. One of the most exciting holes is the 296-yard 15th hole which is a par 4 that is drivable. The risk is that there is water on the left and a big hill on the right. You will see eagles and double bogeys on that hole this week.

 

Last Year: Harris English won a very long playoff last year to take the title. He battled Kramer Hickok in one of the longest playoffs in PGA Tour history. The two players went back and forth and it took the eighth playoff hole before English birdied to get the win. Marc Leishman finished in third place.

 

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Travelers Championship Odds

Rory McIlroy    +1000

Scottie Scheffler    +1100

Justin Thomas    +1100

Patrick Cantlay    +1600

Sam Burns    +1800

Xander Schauffele    +2100

Jordan Spieth    +2200

Tony Finau    +3200

Sungjae Im    +3500

Joaquin Niemann    +3500

Keegan Bradley    +4100

Brooks Koepka    +4800

Tommy Fleetwood     +4800

Seamus Power    +4800

Davis Riley    +4800

Aaron Wise    +4800

Marc Leishman    +5500

Mito Pereira    +5500

Brian Harman    +5500

Jason Day    +6500

Russell Henley    +6500

Webb Simpson    +6500

Harold Varner III    +6500

Brendan Steele    +7000

Keith Mitchell    +7000

Joel Dahmen    +7000

Denny McCarthy    +7500

Jason Kokrak    +7500

Si Woo Kim    +7500

Christiaan Bezuidenhout    +7500

Maverick McNealy    +8000

Cameron Tringale    +9000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee    +9000

Cameron Davis    +9000

 

All other players are listed with odds of 100-1 or more

 

SugarHouse Sportsbook ReviewFavorite

 

Rory McIlroy +1100

Rory was the favorite last week and while he did contend, he didn’t win.

 

You can count on one hand the amount of golf betting favorites that have won this year. I say this every week; there is no value in betting golf favorites. And this week the field is really strong and that means you simply have to look elsewhere. I like the way Rory is playing right now, but against this field and at these odds, I can’t take him.

 

Value Picks

 

Joaquin Niemann +3500

Niemann has finished in a tie for 35th or better in seven of his last eight tournaments and he got his second PGA Tour win earlier this season. He is eighth on the PGA Tour in Shots Gained: tee-to-green. He is also 14th in ball striking. I think he can contend this week and we get a good number.

 

Keegan Bradley +4100

Can Bradley get over last week’s failure at the U.S. Open? There is a good chance he can and there is no doubt he won’t feel the pressure like he did last week in front of his family and friends. He has played this tournament in each of the last 11 years and he has six top 30 finishes. He tied for 2nd in this event in 2019. I think he has some value at odds of 41-1.

 

Aaron Wise +4800

I definitely underrated Wise last week and I won’t make that mistake again. He has had five top-30 finishes in his last six events. In his last 12 rounds he is fifth in total strokes gained. I’ll take a flyer on Wise at big odds.

 

Brian Harman +5500

If there is one player who should benefit from the short course it is Harman. He has finished in the top 10 in this event in three of his last four trips. He has not yet won this tournament but you have to think he will be in contention and there is definitely some value on him at this big number.

Denny McCarthy +7500

You have to like the way that McCarthy is playing right now, as he was 5th at the Memorial and 7th at the U.S. Open. He is a very good putter and ranks sixth on the PGA Tour. He should really like this short course where putting will be very important. I’ll take him at longshot odds.

 

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +9000

How about one really big longshot this week? Lee played really well for three rounds in this event a year ago and then had a really bad Sunday. He played well at last week’s U.S. Open and he could be getting overlooked coming into this event. There is no question we are getting big odds on Lee.

 

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