Travelers Championship

This is a fairly short par 70 track that yields plenty of low scores. In recent years those who have gone well at the US Open have often continued that good golf to River Highlands. Chez Reavie and Harris English both won this event the week after finishing 3rd in the US Open. 

Nevertheless, Pinehurst was a gruelling week and there will be plenty of tired golfers arriving here for the Travelers Championship. Over the years putting has proven to be highly important with the leader in that category making the top five at the end of the week. 

Bradley led the putting statistics when winning last year but what you do from tee to green is equally as important. In the last two renewals only three of the 11 placers have been ranked outside the top 10 in that statistic for the week.

Those making birdies almost every other hole need only apply here and we'll be looking to a winning score beyond 20 under par more than likely. 

The course does look to have been toughened lately with increased rough and looks to be a shade more challenging off the tee in terms of landing zones. 

Travelers Championship Tips

 

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Here are the key stats for the top five finishers (including ties) in the last three renewals of the Travelers Championship.

Patrick Cantlay to Win @ 20/1

I'm a little surprised there hasn't been more of a reaction to Patrick Cantlay's performance at Pinehurst and I'll gladly take a punt on him at 20/1 this week. It's difficult to draw a conclusion of results from the US Open into the Travelers in recent years with Bubba Watson missing the cut in 2018 and winning the next week, then Bradley last year doing the same. 

In between them though we have Reavie and English, both 3rd at the US Open then winning here, whilst Johnson and Schauffele posted top 20s before winning here. It strikes me that Cantlay didn't quite use up as much energy as McIlroy and DeChambeau last week and he can be expected to play well here at River Highlands also, especially given his record here. 

His last six finishes here read 4-13-13-11-15-15. A trip to this course looks to have come at the perfect time for Cantlay who is winless since August of 2022. I don't buy that Morikawa should be half his price with the third favourite having missed his last two cuts here and I rate Cantlay the much better bet to follow up his impressive performance at Pinehurst.

3pts each-way P.Cantlay  20/1  (1/6 10) Ladbrokes, Coral

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Keegan Bradley @ 50/1 (Six Places)

Keegan Bradley has cut a determined figure following his Ryder Cup rejection last year and at 50/1 looks worth chancing to following up his victory here in 2023 and go back to back.

Bradley doesn't get the recognition he deserves for being consistently one of the better iron players in the game for the last decade and more. 

The regularity in which he polishes off top 10/20 finishes has to be admired and many in his shoes have experienced some sort of down time during their career. Bradley keeps ploughing away and will get his place in the Presidents Cup team this Autumn. If he continues to play this well I can't see him being left off the next Ryder Cup squad also. 

TPC River Highlands has been a profitable track for him down the years with two top 20s, and 8th place, a runner up in 2019 as well as his win last year. 

He was alongside Scheffler in second place at Colonial three weeks ago then ahead of him in the US Open last week and following a great week with his irons at Pinehurst should be full of confidence heading here. I expected a bit shorter than 50/1 given his record here.

1.25pts each-way K.Bradley  50/1  (1/5 6) Paddy Power

Sungjae Im @ 45/1 (10 Places)

Sungjae Im had a difficult first half of the year with his iron play struggling in particular. Since the Masters though things have turned around, first of all with a 12th place finish at Harbour Town then heading back home and winning on the KPGA Tour. 

From then on it has been much better finishing 4th at Quail Hollow, 9th at Colonial and 8th at Muirfield Village. A missed cut last week is of little concern to me, especially given that it was only caused by a really poor putting week, which generally speaking has been his most consistent club in the bag this season. 

He is one of the more precise drivers in the field and over the past four or five weeks his wedges have been much improved. He's undoubtedly one of the hardest grafters on the circuit and a reward looks imminent having turned a corner form wise.

1.25pts each-way S.Im  45/1  (1/6 10) Coral, Ladbrokes

Byeong Hun An  @ 70/1 (Six Places)  

Another who had a really bad week on the greens at Pinehurst was Byeong Hun An and I'm prepared to gloss over that result for a number of reasons and back him at a top price of 70/1 here at River Highlands. 

An has posted four top four finishes this year, often in strong fields and is seeing much more consistent results over the past two years after a huge increase in his length off the tee. Now up with the longest out there An's ball striking numbers have been impressive and that should bode well for a trip around River Highlands. 

The fly in the ointment here is that he needs to overcome a poor record at this event but it's worth noting that this is his best year on tour thus far numbers wise and he holds a much better opportunity of playing well this time around even though he has to overcome a stronger field than usual. 

A runner up and a 3rd place finish at Sedgefield looks relevant given the importance on wedge play here. The increase in difficulty this year should play into his hands and his wedges have been performing extremely well of late ranking 3rd in proximity from the fairway in the last six months. 

As we know the question mark may lie with the putter, but he'll be glad to escape the nightmare of the Pinehurst greens and we hopefully see a better return here in Connecticut. 

1pt each-way Byeong Hun An  70/1  (1/5 6) Sky Bet

Will Zalatoris @ 100/1 (Six Places)

Finally I'll have a small wager on Will Zalatoris. Morikawa and Homa were nowhere near their best form when headed to the Masters in April and both gave a bold account for a long way in that event. Patrick Cantlay's performance at Pinehurst wasn't exactly telegraphed and neither was Hovland's close call at Valhalla. 

Overall, it's worth remembering that class acts have the ability to return to form at any stage and can't be overlooked when they reach big odds. Zalatoris may be an outlier in this thinking given he has had plenty of injury concerns but 100/1 looks worth chancing and if he manages a return to form there should be a big redress in his price. 

He missed the cut last week but didn't perform horribly in any department, instead just a bit below par in each category. I thought playing with Woods may have played to his advantage but maybe it didn't play out that way. 

It's a gamble here, hence the lower stake, but 100/1 looks a little big to my eyes for somebody who is quite clinical if he manages to get a chance of a victory.

0.75pt each-way W.Zalatoris  100/1  (1/5 6) Sky Bet