Welcome to the 2012 Travelers Championship. Following the 2nd major of the season, and a great win by Webb Simpson, the Tour heads to Connecticut this week. TPC River Highlands will be the host venue for the PGA Professionals, and should provide plenty of excitement. Let’s look a little closer into this short but entertaining golf course.
TPC River Highlands is the 3rd shortest course the players play on Tour measuring only 6841 yards. The course plays to a Par 70 but the average scoring was still well under par last year at this championship (68.57). The course attempts to utilize its lack of fairways and plenty of bunkers (119) to help defend against the talented golfers that will be attacking it. I will have to side with the golfers taking advantage of the golf course and going extremely low once again this year though.
With the possibility of rain expected in the forecast Friday afternoon it should make for very soft greens on the weekend. This will enable the players to not only hit plenty of fairways, but also spin the ball. Look for a score around -17 to win the championship this year.
My favorite hole on the golf course is the Par 4 15th Hole. At only 296 yards the hole can be reached by just about everyone in the field. You will see most people go for the green if it is not a windy day (which should be the case as winds are expected to stay extremely calm throughout the week). Look for scores to range from eagles to double bogeys on this very compelling hole.
9 players who have won on Tour will be teeing it up this week in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. A plethora of young talent will be congregating, as many of the Tours top players are taking the week off following the US Open. That being said, we have past champions such as Bubba Watson (2010) and Hunter Mahan (2007) who will be joining the likes of Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter and recently crowned US Open champion Webb Simpson all in the field.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. **Odds are based on 5dimes.com**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
This week we go with players who are in good form, have past success here and are rested. Many players have to make the rare travel across country for a tournament this week. The PGA Tour usually does a great job of planning short trips for the players between weeks but this time it is San Francisco to Connecticut. I also feel that players who participated in last week US Open will be not only be drained physically, but extremely mentally tired following a grueling test. Let me make note that the Travelers has a history of awarding 1st time winners on the PGA Tour.
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Below is a sneak peak pick from our members picks…
JOHN MERRICK 60 TO 1 – We go with John Merrick as our first selection. Many of you may not recognize this name but following this week I am sure you will. John is one of the better ball strikers on Tour and this shows in his 23rd ranking for Greens in Regulation. He enters this week playing very well as he finished in a solo 2nd at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. That week it seemed as though he hit every single green and was consistently giving himself great looks at birdies. If he continues hitting the ball like that this week there is no telling how low he can go.
John has also enjoyed previous success at TPC River Highlands as he has finished in the Top 11 in 2 out of the past 3 years. Last year at this tournament he hit over 76% of his fairways and Greens in Regulation. He also ranked as one of the better putters for the week, obviously a key to success on an easy course. When you watch John just hope he avoids the bunkers this week as he really struggles out of them (123rd this season and only 25% at last year’s tournament). I feel he can do just that though and have another great week in Connecticut.