Golf specialist Rob Taylor (@RobTaylorSport) previews The Travelers Championship and provides us with his best bets for this week’s event.
- 2019 Profit & Loss: +57.3pts
2019 Travelers Championship Betting Preview Odds & Tips
- Date: Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd
- Venue: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conneticut
- Channel: Sky Sports Golf
The US Open provided another fascinating major championship last week, with the iconic Pebble Beach living up to all expectations. Gary Woodland deservedly landed his maiden major championship, with Xander Schauffele and Adam Scott bagging tidy each way places for this preview.
The week after a major can often be a tricky one for punters as quality of fields can be diminished. Not this week at TPC River Highlands though, where the Travelers Championship provides us with an intriguing backdrop to the latest PGA Tour event.
Brooks Koepka leads the field, with Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Justin Thomas all in attendance. Bubba Watson is the defending champion at a track where he was won three times in total.
Key Stats & Facts
TPC River Highlands is a tree lined Pete Dye designed par 70 course. Measuring just over 6,800 yards, shot makers will prosper here, as the small bentgrass and poa annua greens require accuracy and proximity to the hole, in what in all essence is typically a putting contest.
There’s not usually an advantage to the long hitters here, seen below in the list of recent winners. Only Bubba Watson can be considered a big hitter, but as we know, Watson is about so much more than driver, and its courses such as this where his creativity has shone through.
Strokes Gained Approach, Putting and proximity to the hole all look like stats to consider when selecting a shortlist. It’s set to be a fascinating event and one where I think aggressive iron players can give themselves enough birdie chances to challenge.
Recent winners of the Travelers Championship
- 2018: Bubba Watson -17 (33/1)
- 2017: Jordan Spieth -12 (10/1)
- 2016: Russell Knox -14 (50/1)
- 2015: Bubba Watson -16 (14/1)
- 2014: Kevin Streelman -15 (150/1)
- 2013: Ken Duke -12 (150/1)
- 2012: Marc Leishman -14 (125/1)
Betting Odds – the top 10 in the market (best prices from SkyBet and Paddy Power – paying 8 places)
- Brooks Koepka 15/2
- Patrick Cantlay 10/1
- Jordan Spieth 16/1
- Paul Casey 18/1
- Francesco Molinari 18/1
- Jason Day 20/1
- Justin Thomas 20/1
- Bryson DeChambeau 25/1
- Bubba Watson 28/1
- Tommy Fleetwood 28/1
The week after a major can often be a good opportunity to seek some value further down the market and that’s exactly what I’m doing here at the Travelers Championship. Whilst tough to leave out the likes of Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari and especially Paul Casey, I’ve selected four players at cracking each way prices, who can each take on the challenge of TPC River Highlands.
- Bryson DeChambeau 25/1
Bryson DeChambeau seems to be trending in the right direction again. After a barren spell after The Masters, his last two performances suggest a big week is coming.
He won at The Shriners earlier this season, which was his 5th PGA Tour win in 18 months and has had 5 other top 15 finishes this season. With his putting looking stronger and his approach play definitely sharper, DeChambeau’s ability to score well on par 4s looks a good fit this week. He is also one of the strongest performers on Pete Dye designed courses.
It’s been a meteoric rise for the American star, and TPC River Highlands looks to be a track that suits his game. He finished 9th here last season and with question marks against many of those above him in the betting this week, Bryson’s conversion rate at getting across the line, makes him a very appealing headline pick.
- Emiliano Grillo 50/1
Grillo’s iron play this season, makes him an obvious each way pick for me this week. He sits 6th in approach and 37th in proximity to the hole. He finished 19th here last year, and has some cracking recent form, including a top 10 at Memorial and 19th at the Charles Schwab. Whilst his putting stats are not as strong as you’d like here at TPC River Highlands, he can certainly attack these tight targets with confidence, sitting 24th in birdie average. Grillo also has a very strong performance record on Pete Dye designed courses.
- Russell Knox 66/1
Knox provides us with a similar portfolio to Grillo this season so far. Plenty of top 20 finishes, including 10th at Phoenix, 14th at Pebble Beach for the Pro Am and 8th at the Charles Schwab. He also sits 3rd in proximity and 23rd in approach. Knox also has the added advantage of being a previous winner at this event, back in 2016. Knox typically plays well on these shot making tracks and looks another good value each way pick.
- Adam Hadwin 80/1
My final pick is the Canadian Adam Hadwin, who came back to form at his home open a fortnight ago, to finish 6th. It’s been a steady season for Hadwin, who hasn’t hit the heights of the previous couple of years, but his game looks in decent shape, and I’m happy to make a price play at an event where big priced players often fill the places. 29th at the PGA Championship, 13th at the Zurich Classic and his run at the Canadian Open all point to better fortunes. So with his aggressive iron play and birdie percentage, whilst sitting 37th in proximity to the hole, Hadwin looks an appealing each way selection this week.