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KSR Golf: Travelers Championship

(Photo: © Ross Kinnaird | Getty Images)

(Photo: © Ross Kinnaird | Getty Images)

The PGA Tour is back in action again this weekend with the pros heading to Connecticut to play in the Travelers Championship. TPC River Highlands will be the home to this weekend’s tournament and once again there is a very solid field returning.

We got some bad news this week. The Ryder Cup was postponed and both Nick Watney and Cameron Champ tested positive for COVID-19. That was made even worse when Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka withdrew after their caddies tested positive.

However, golf is rolling on and they’ll look to continue to provide fireworks after two very entertaining tournaments.

Can Rory Bust Out?

Rory McIlroy is currently listed as the No. 1 golfer in the world, but he certainly has not looked like it in the first two weeks back. The Northern Ireland native has made both cuts, but he has been a non-factor on Sunday and hasn’t cracked the top-30 in either tournament.

Much like we saw last week at Harbour Town, TPC River Highlands is a very short course and that could again take away one of McIlroy’s biggest advantages. He won’t be able to create separation from the field off the tee and that could hurt him again. We could see another tournament where the best golfer in the world is stuck in the middle of the pack.

McIlroy is again listed as the tournament favorite at 12-1, but don’t take the bait.

Return of Patrick Cantlay

One of the biggest young stars in the sport was noticeably absent in the first two tournaments, but that changes this week with 28-year-old Patrick Cantlay making his return. The No. 9 player in the world is one of may top 10 players competing this weekend making this another stacked tournament.

Cantlay ranks 28th in driving accuracy and 4th in birdie average on the PGA Tour and that means that he should be considered a strong contender. Just like last week, if you hit it accurately it’s going to be pretty manageable to get onto the green and if you can convert there some low scores should be possible thanks to the very wide fairways you will see at TPC River Highlands.

At 25-1, the UCLA product is someone worth considering paying attention to this weekend in Connecticut. A top-20 bet is currently going off at even odds and that feels like a really, really smart play.

Always on Bryson Watch

It’s not something I envisioned myself blogging about in June 2020, but Bryson DeChambeau is currently the biggest star on the PGA Tour and Golf Twitter is giving us some outstanding content.

For the first 36 holes, Rambo DeChambeau is paired with Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson to start off the tournament and we should get plenty more interesting content on Thursday and Friday as he swings for the heavens off the tee.

Picks

Bubba Watson is a three-time winner in this tournament and the two-time Masters champ is listed at 33-1 so he has to get a little bit of consideration. However, a huge part of Watson’s game is bombing the ball off the tee by ranking 7th overall in driving distance. It feels like he is a stay away this weekend despite the recent success he’s at Travelers.

The guy we’re rolling with is defending U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland. The Kansas native ranks 18th in the World Golf Ranking and just recently posted a top-10 finish in the Charles Schwab Challenge. He is currently sitting on 45-1 odds, but he checks out well in two key metrics for this week.

Woodland ranks in the top-10 when it comes to greens hit in regulation percentage and in the top-50 is strokes gained putting. That essentially means that he is elite at getting to the green on time and good at putting the ball in the hole when he gets there.

The 36-year-old has all the makings to make a run this weekend and has top-10 odds going off around 5-1. Don’t be afraid to lay it on Woodland who should be in the the thick of the hunt all weekend.

Article written by Adam Luckett

Twitter: @AdamLuckettKSR