Date: June 20th – 23rd
Course: TPC at River Highlands
Purse - $7MM ($1.3MM to winner)
FedEx points – 500 to winner(s)
2018 Winner: Bubba Watson (-17)
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.
My Starting 4
Paul Casey (2nd selection this year) — The favorite yet again this year, Paul has top 20 finishes each of the last three years at the Travelers Championship. While Casey did withdraw from the Charles Schwab, he made it through the US Open with a respectable 21st finish and he has top 30 finishes in five of his last seven tournaments.
Charley Hoffman (3rd selection this year) — Charley is the only other player besides Paul to have top 25 finishes each of the last three years here. He missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament but prior to that he had a streak of seven consecutive cuts made including five top 30 finishes.
Russell Henley (1st selection this year) — Russell has a very respectable two year trend at TPC River Highlands, he finished 11th here in 2016 and sixth here last year. He has a spotty recent history missing the cut every other tournament over the last six.
Patrick Reed (4th selection this year) — After a solid US Open last week, Patrick comes to Travelers where he has been in the top 12 two of the last three years.
My Bench 2
Daniel Berger (2nd selection this year) — He finished 2nd here in 2017 and fifth here in 2016. His current year has not been the flashiest but after a rough start to the season, he has consistently made recent cuts with a streak of seven consecutive made cuts coming into this tournament.
Danny Lee (2nd selection this year) — Danny is somewhat consistent in that he is all over the place in his results. For perspective on this, he has 20 tournaments this year that he has participated in, among those, he has finished in the top 36 in seven tournaments, he has missed the cut in seven and he has six results between 37-65. At the Travelers he finished 3rd in 2017 and 15th last year.
Starting 4: Avg finish 45th (35th percentile)
Bench 2: Avg finish 57th (44th percentile)