Travelers Championship 2017, Preview & Predictions

The TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut plays host to this week’s PGA Tour event which gets underway on Thursday the 22nd of June.

 

The course was revamped ahead of last year’s addition with the narrowing of some fairways but as the winning score shows it played very similar to previous years. This par 70 layout should favour accurate stroke makers although length will as usual be an asset. The greens are fairly slow by tour standards and this could bring some of your lesser putters into the equation.

A very strong field takes to the start headed by Spieth and McIlroy both of whom had poor US Opens with Spieth finishing downfield and Rory not even making the weekend. Their prices are a bit short for my liking given current form and I will look further down the betting boards for an interest.

 

Past Winners

2016 – Russell Knox -14

2015 – Bubba Watson -16 *

2014 – Kevin Streelman -15

2013 – Ken Duke -12 *

2012 – Marc Leishman -14

*Playoff

 

Outright Betting

Jordan Spieth 9/1

Rory Mcilroy 10/1

Jason Day 11/1

Justin Thomas 14/1

Paul Casey 22/1

Patrick Reed 28/1

 

33/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change

 

My selections:

 

Marc Leishman each way at 33/1

Leishman put in another solid showing with a top 30 at Erin Hills last week. He loves this event which he won in 2012 and he has followed that up with 4 starts where he has finished inside the top 40 on each occasion with a top 10 and a top 15 included.

Brendan Steele each way at 40/1

He finished T13 in the US Open and while he never got in contention to win there was plenty to like about his effort. He enjoys the course with 5 of his 6 starts resulting in top 25 finishes including a T5 in 2014.

Webb Simpson each way at 60/1

Simpson is another player who likes the course with a 5th place in 2013 and some generally solid showings on the years he has elected to play here. He caught the eye with a decent T35 finish in the US Open and in recent weeks has a top 5 and a top 15 to his credit.

Graham Delaet each way at 50/1

Perhaps a bit shorter than I would have liked because the bookmakers have picked up on his course form which includes top 5 finishes in 2013 and 2015. He is rested after missing the US Open but showed promise with a top 10 in his last start.

 

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