The PGA Championship provided golf fans with all they could ask for and more. It is unfortunate that our guys struggled out of the gate, but I think everyone can agree that was still exciting. Jimmy Walker made it a clean sweep for first time winners of Majors in 2016, as he held off defending Champion Jason Day. We now move onto the 2016 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 great golf. Let’s look a little closer into this short but extremely 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 very dry conditions expected until Saturday we will get to see a hard and fast course for the opening two rounds (refreshing after last week).
My favourite 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.
This week actually has a very stout field, as it will be the last tournament prior to the Olympics. Here is a list of some of the past champions – Bubba Watson (2015)(2010) Kevin Streelman (2014) Ken Duke (2013) Marc Leishman (2012) Stewart Cink (2008) and Hunter Mahan (2007) and JJ Henry (2006). Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Paul Casey are some of the bigger names in the field. They will be joined by plenty of young guns and some veterans who have played well at TPC River Highlands previously.
This week we will be looking for players who enter the event playing well. There will be plenty of young players teeing it up at TPC River Highlands, meaning current form is the number one attribute we will look for. We also want players who have the ability to go very low, as this figures to be a birdie barrage week. Obviously course history will play a factor as well this week. Lets get right to the picks now.
Steve’s Travelers Championship Picks
Tyrrell Hatton 60/1 – We go back to well with Hatton. As you can all tell I am a huge fan of this Englishman’s game. Last week he finished T10 at the PGA Championship, his 7th Top 13 finish in his last 10 events. Hatton has a great all around game but will really lean on his excellent Tee to Green and Putting. This will be his first start at TPC River Highlands but I feel that his game will fit perfectly.
Steve’s DraftKings Picks for Travelers Championship
7. Tyrrell Hatton (7700) – Amazing value for Hatton at this price.
8. Soren Kjeldsen (7700) – The talented Danish golfer has been playing well (4 straight cuts made). He will be low owned and presents a great opportunity, especially at this price.
9. Brain Harman (7700) – Harman finished solo 3rd here last year, and has Top 33’s in each of his last 5 starts.