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Remind me next time

A very poor week for the preview last week at the US Open. 4 out of 5 guys missed the cut by one shot after really disappointing throughout their first 2 rounds… so we were left with Xander Scauffele going into the last 2 rounds.

He was 5 strokes off the lead going into the weekend but faltered badly at the start of his 3rd and 4th rounds and stumbled to a 14th place finish, not the worst by any stretch of imagination but not what we wanted at all from a major championships.

What a week it was for the eventual winner, Matthew Fitzpatrick. His grit he shown over the weekend was phenomenal to watch and he very deservedly converted his first Major and his first win on the PGA Tour, impressive right? First of many wins on tough, intricate tracks I would assume.

Travelers Championship Preview

Let’s get ourselves back on track then this week with a trip to TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut for the 70th edition of the Travelers Championship.

TPC River Highlands is among the top 3 shortest courses on Tour that the players regularly compete on, so as you can imagine it provides an array of winners, from short and accurate guys to the long bombers of the game.

Let’s see what they face this week…

About TPC River Highlands Course

  • Par 70, 6840 yard approx.
  • Pete Dye design
  • Bentgrass/Poa Annua mixed greens
  • 4 x Par 3s – ranging from 158-223 yards
  • 12 x Par 4s – ranging from 296-481 yards
  • 2 x Par 5s – measuring 523 and 574 yards

A straight forward lay out all in all this week.  A short course that will constantly force players to be strategic off the tee with plenty of lay ups in play to give the players the best chance of hitting these greens in regulation.

Pete Dye always provides us with a trend in designs in his golf courses but one of the most outstanding features are drivable, risk and reward holes and awkward, deep bunkering surrounding the greens. There may not be an obvious link between all his courses but it may pay to look too guys who perform well regularly on Dye courses.

Travelers Championships Past Winners

2021 Winner – Harris English -13 (Playoff win over Kramer Hickok)

  • 9th OTT
  • 3rd T2G
  • 15th GIR
  • 32nd APP
  • 2nd SCR
  • 11th PA

2020 Winner – Dustin Johnson -19

  • 46th OTT
  • 6th T2G
  • 10th GIR
  • 6th APP
  • 33rd SCR
  • 4th PA

2019 Winner – Chez Reavie -17

  • 10th OTT
  • 1st T2G
  • 1st GIR
  • 1st APP
  • 2nd SCR
  • 10th PA

2018 Winner – Bubba Watson -12

  • 4th OTT
  • 2nd T2G
  • 7th GIR
  • 18th APP
  • 44th SCR
  • 5th PA

2017 Winner – Jordan Speith -12 (Playoff win over Daniel Berger)

  • 56th OTT
  • 1st T2G
  • 42nd GIR
  • 7th APP
  • 19th SCR
  • 3rd PA

Average stats for the past 5 winners – Average Score -16

  • 25th OTT
  • 3rd T2G
  • 15th GIR
  • 13th APP
  • 20th SCR
  • 7th PA

Stats to consider this week

  • SG: OTT
  • Approach
  • Putting averages on Poa Annua/Bentgrass greens
  • Par 4s 400-450 yards
  • Good experience at River Highlands

SG: OTT – As explained, a lot of less than driver tee shots will be needed by the guys this week and a lot of lay ups to navigate the numerous dog legs on offer this week.

SG: Approach/Putting Averages – We are looking like we are going to get some good weather in Connecticut this week so conditions will be optimal for scoring. So the focus will be even more on the second shots of the guys and then how many times they convert the good iron shots on the greens.

Par 4s 400-450 yard – 8/12 of the par 4s this week are below 450 yards so the guys that have performed better on these holes this year will be a good indicator on those that’ll go well this week.

Travelers Championship Odds

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A very impressive field this week for the Travelers Championships with 5 of the top 6 golfers in the Official World Rankings on display.

Rory McIlroy leads the betting at 10/1 and he is in a rich vein of form currently going 17-12-11 in his 3 appearances here at TPC River Highlands. He has gone T5-1-T18-8-5-2 in his last 6 starts so would not be surprised if he featured again this week.

One of the most in form golfers on the planet is next in the betting at 11/1 and that is Scottie Scheffler. I really did think he had numerous chances to pull clear last week at the US Open. But followed eagles in his 3rd and 4th rounds with silly drop shots and ended up coming up shy by just 1 shot. In his last 12 events dating back to the Farmers Insurance Open, he has had 4 wins, 2 2nd places, 4 more top 20 finishes and a missed cut, so who am I to ever discount Scottie Scheffler at the moment in this form.

JT, Patrick Cantlay, Sam Burns and Xander Schauffele then come in the market inbetween the 11/1 and the 20/1 number.

Sam Burns is the pick of the bunch for me here. Sam has proved that time and time again that he performs well on tricky driving courses, and he can plot his way around River Highlands just like he has done many times this year.

The odds now stretch out pretty quickly with bookie I am looking at. Only Jordan Speith, Joaquin Niemann, Sunjae Im and Tony Finau come between the 20/1 mark and below the 40/1 mark. Tony would be my pick here based on recent ball striking form.

We quickly get to the 40/1, 50/1 and higher mark…

Some guys that featured in my betslip but just missed the final cut are; Jordan Speith, Davis Riley, Brian Harman and Denny McCarthy.

Travelers Championship Tips

I have gone with 5 each way tips this week, no top 20 selection as the odds aren’t as good as I would like them to be on certain players. 1pt each way on them as always and all are with 8 places. Good Luck!

  • Tony Finau 30/1
  • Seamus Power 50/1
  • Harold Varner III 60/1
  • Brendon Todd 75/1
  • Kevin Kisner 110/1