What a fantastic United States Open that was. Our selection Justin Rose played great golf for 72 holes and was rewarded with his first Major Championship. We also managed to go 2-0 on our head to head selections yet again, capping off another successful tournament. We now move onto the 2013 Travelers Championship, as 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 one of the shortest courses 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. The course attempts to utilize smaller fairways and a plethora 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 before the tournament it should make for soft greens over the first few days. This will enable the players to not only hit plenty of fairways, but also spin the ball on Thursday andFriday. The forecast appears like it will be sunny for the entire tournament, meaning by weekends time the course will firm up. Even with firm conditions we can still expect a winning score around the -16 mark.
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 calm to moderate throughout the week). Look for scores to range from eagles to double bogeys on this very compelling hole.
Seven players who have won on Tour will be teeing it up this week in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. A long list 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 Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter and recently crowned US Open champion Justin Rose in the field.
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GRAHAM DELAET 70 TO 1 – Graeme is going to win on Tour very soon as he continues to put himself in great positions. Graham has Top 26 finishes in each of his last four tournaments, and will look to avoid the one bad round this week that has plagued him. Though he has struggled in one round of many tournaments, he will continue to bomb the ball off the tee and hit plenty of Greens in Regulation. DeLaet ranks 8th on Tour for Driving distance, hitting it over 301 yards on average. Much like Colsaerts, Graham uses this distance to hit a ton of Greens in Regulation, ranking 1st on Tour (72.03%). If DeLaet does get into trouble after missing a Green in Regulation, though this doesn’t happen often, he is actually a very good Scrambler (22nd On Tour at 62%). DeLaet does not have a good history at The Travelers Championship but I feel he has grown leaps and bounds as a golfer over the past season (his best finish in 68th in 3 starts). The course sets up beautifully for Graham’s strengths and I expect him to once again vie for his first PGA Tour victory (this course does a great history of presenting the title to first time winners!).