The Travelers Championship has come and gone with it giving us Dustin Johnson as the winner for the 21st time in his PGA Tour career. The weekend in Connecticut provided a COVID-19 scare with both Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson withdrawing from the field, but the 72 holes did not disappoint.
From DJ’s wild Sunday round, to Kevin Streelman’s weird sun glasses thing, to Bryson DeChambeau recording his sixth consecutive top-10 finish. The golf delivered once again. Now it’s on to Detroit with a field that has been thinned out, but there are plenty of storylines to be interested in.
After missing the cut at both Colonial and Harbour Town, Fowler took last week off before he was set to be the face of the tournament this weekend at Detroit Golf Club. That’s because Rocket Mortgage is one of the biggest sponsors that Fowler has and he will be a very popular guy this week.
Fowler has the seventh best tournament odds at 30/1, and as the No. 31 ranked golfer in the world he will be one of the better players participating in Michigan this weekend. He is sure to get a lot of action, but nothing about his recent play tells us there is value on the Oklahoma State product.
A made cut would be a good outing for Fowler as the 31-year-old is looking to bust out of a funk following the COVID-19 hiatus.
Bryson, Bryson, Bryson
There is no denying that Bryson DeChambeau has been the star of the PGA Tour the last three weeks with his bulked up approach paying huge dividends. The workout warrior is pulling in a lot of money with a bunch of top-10 finishes. He is the show.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 26, 2020
DeChambeau outlined his usual diet:
5 pieces of bacon
2 protein shakes
GoMacro bar "here and there"
2 shakes mid-round or every 6 holes.
"Snacking" when practicing after
I'm stuffed from reading this
— Eric Patterson (@EPatGolf) June 30, 2020
DeChambeau is hitting the stuffing out of the ball while eating like a 16-year-old on summer break right after their mom stuffed the pantry, fridge and freezer. He enters this weekend as the heavy favorite looking to record a win to cap off this torrid pace.
This weekend will be just the second year with the PGA Tour making a stop in Detroit, so we’re still trying to figure out this Par-72 course. Just like last season, the field is pretty thin when it comes to upper-echelon talent, but that didn’t stop some big numbers from being posted last season.
Nate Lashley posted a gaudy -25 score last season on his way to a six-stroke victory last June and don’t be surprised if the winner tops that this year. Only three (DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed) of the top-11 players in the world will be playing this weekend, but low scores will be expected.
The course doesn’t necessarily benefit bombers and there are very low scores to be had at all of the Par 5s. There won’t be many bogeys out there as another crooked number will be posted by the winner for the fourth week in a row.
It would be no fun to support DeChambeau this weekend since he is such a heavy favorite at 7-1, but it will be fun to pay attention to him all weekend. This feels like a tournament where a big underdog could come away as the winner and that’s where we’re rolling with the selections.
Kevin Na is currently the 32nd ranked player in the world who is fresh off a top-five finish at Travelers. At 40-1, he has some pretty strong odds for a player that ranks sixth in strokes gained putting. If Na is able to hit the ball accurately, he’ll be a threat.
Tyrrell Hatton was someone we rolled with a couple weeks back before came up just short of a win at Harbour Town. The England native is another ace putter who thrives at courses like Detroit Golf Club. When it’s a birdie fest he has a chance and Hatton feels like a strong top-10 selection.
Don’t sleep on Tony Finau sitting at 33-1. The Utah native is long and accurate off the tee and is a very good ball striker when approaching the green. If the putter gets hot he could be a guy that posts a monster number at this course.