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Travelers Championship: Expert Picks

Paul Casey is the favorite here.

PGA: Travelers Championship - Final Round Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Tournament Information

Travelers Championship

Date: June 21-24

Course: TPC River Highlands

Purse: $7MM ($1.3MM to the winner)

FedEx points: 500 to the winner

2017 Winner: Jordan Spieth (-12)

Course: TPC River Highlands. Designed in 1928 (Robert Ross and Maurice Kearney) and later remodeled by Pete Dye (1982) and Bobby Weed (1989), this 6,841, par 70 course recently went through a makeover with some modifications to bunkers, tee boxes and greens. This might appear as a different course for golfers where they will see bigger greens with more pin positions, improved bank edges and drainage through the course. The course has a mixture of length, short, bunkers, rolling hills and lakes spread throughout, to sum it up, it’s a bit of everything. The final four holes stretch across a four acre lake and serve as the make or break holes for this course.

Starting 4

Daniel Berger (5th selection this year). After a disappointing 75th missed cut at the FedEx St. Jude where he won in 2016 and 2017, Daniel bounced back with a dominant 6th place finish at the US Open behind a great Saturday where he shot 66. He comes to Travelers where he has finished 5th and 2nd over the last two years. Clearly he is dominant in June.

Paul Casey (3rd selection this year). After taking some time off, Paul returned without missing a step – 5th at Wells Fargo and then 16th at the US Open. He comes to Travelers where he is the ONLY golfer with top 20 finishes each of the last three years here. 2nd in 2015, 17th in 2016 and 5th last year.

Bubba Watson (2nd selection this year) After a missed cut at US Open, should we be concerned, honestly no. He made cuts in the previous ten tournaments with four top ten finishes. He won at TPC River Highlands in 2015 and finished 25th in 2016, he missed the cut here after shooting a 75 on Thursday (the 67 on Friday wasn’t enough to recover). He’s currently 5th in shots gained off the tee.

Marc Leishman (2nd selection this year). He finished 9th here in 2016 and 17th last year. His last four have been so-so with one 2nd place finish amidst some 40s and 60th place finishes. He’s 47thin total strokes gained.

Bench 2

Brendan Steele (4th selection this year). A bunch of average finishes over his last five tournaments. He finished 17th and 15th the last two years here. 38thin total strokes gained.

Keegan Bradley (2nd selection this year). He has a 25th and 8th place finish the last two years here. 1stin strokes gained approaching the green. He missed the cut at the US Open but had two top 25 finishes in the previous two tournaments.

Poll

Which star player will do the best at Travelers?

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Patrick Reed
    (44 votes)
  • 30%
    Justin Thomas
    (30 votes)
  • 9%
    Jordan Spieth
    (9 votes)
  • 6%
    Rory Mcilroy
    (6 votes)
  • 8%
    Brooks Koepka
    (8 votes)
97 votes total Vote Now

2018 Stats (avg field of 133 golfers):

Starting 4: Average Finish 44th (33rd percentile)

Bench 2: Average Finish 45th (34th percentile)

Missed cuts: average of 1.4 per tournament