Following the U.S. Open, the pros head to TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship. A week after a major, we wouldn’t expect to see such a high-quality field, especially when it involves a trip from California to Connecticut. Yet 5 of the top 10 and 25 of the top 50 golfers in the world rankings will be in Cromwell, Connecticut this coming week.
That includes defending champion and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, along with the ongoing banter and feud of top 10 players Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.
Travelers Championship Odds
Top Players at TPC River Highlands
- Dustin Johnson (No. 1 OWGR)
- Bryson DeChambeau (5)
- Patrick Cantlay (7)
- Patrick Reed (8)
- Brooks Koepka (10)
- Tony Finau (14)
- Daniel Berger (16)
- Scottie Scheffler (17)
- Paul Casey (19)
- Abraham Ancer (21)
- Jason Kokrak (22)
- Harris English (25)
- Cameron Smith (28)
- Phil Mickelson (30)
- Joaquin Niemann (31)
- Matthew Wolff (32)
- Sam Burns (37)
- Kevin Na (38)
- Max Homa (40)
- Justin Rose (42)
- Adam Scott (43)
- Stewart Cink (44)
- Marc Leishman (45)
- Brian Harman (47)
- Si Woo Kim (49)
- Kevin Kisner (51)
- Carlos Ortiz (53)
- Kevin Streelman (54)
- Ian Poulter (56)
- Charley Hoffman (58)
Other notable players include Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and golfers on a sponsors exemption: college player of the year John Pak, four-time All-American Austin Eckroat and former No. 1 amateur Davis Thompson.
The 156 player field includes notable past Travelers champions: three-time winner Bubba Watson, two-time winner Stewart Cink, Kevin Streelman, Marc Leishman and 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who won the Travelers twice – in 2001 and 2002.
Travelers Championship Recent Winners and Runner-ups:
- 2020 – Dustin Johnson (-19), Kevin Streelman
- 2019 – Chez Reavie (-17), Keegan Bradley, Zack Sucher
- 2018 – Bubba Watson (-17), Casey, Cink, Holmes, Hossler
- 2017 – Jordan Spieth (-12), Daniel Berger*
Course and tournament information
- Course: TPC River Highlands
- Location: Cromwell, CT
- Par: 70 / Yardage 6,843
- Date: June 24-27
- Purse: $7.4 Million / Winner $1.33 Million
- Fairways/Rough: Bentgrass fairways with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial fescue rough
- Greens: Bentgrass
- TV: Golf Channel (Thurs-Sun) and CBS (Thurs-Sun)
- Twitter & Hashtag: @TravelersChamp, #TravelersChamp
The Par 70 course is short, at less than 6,900 yards and tree-lined fairways and doglegs require shot-shaping and missing in the right places. TPC River Highlands was re-done by Pete Dye, and the featured closing holes from 15-17 have water to hit over on approach and are known as the “Golden Triangle.”
Careful on your approach shot to players that could suffer a U.S. Open hangover, or were in contention at the U.S. Open and left everything on the course. The human element of a letdown and not at peak performance is real, beyond what the advanced stats may say about their game and potential fit for TPC River Highlands.
Paul Casey has been a “horse for the course” at TPC River Highlands with four top-5 finishes in six starts before last year’s T32. Casey’s true strokes gained per round is the best in the field for golfers with a minimum 8 rounds, according to data golf.
Ball striking is a key stat, and while you may not think of that for big bomber Bryson, it’s DeChambeau who also has among the best true strokes gained stats at TPC River Highlands. He’s finished top 10 in each of the last three years in the event. He’s also among the top players in recent form for strong ball striking stats, and also a leader at this course in birdies or better.
So looking at the top ball strikers on Tour over their last 36 rounds, and Fantasy National stats will point you towards these players as among the best at gaining strokes in ball striking:
- Charley Hoffman
- Patrick Cantlay
- Abraham Ancer
- Daniel Berger
- Brooks Koepka
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Emiliano Grillo
- Paul Casey
- Scottie Scheffler
- Tony Finau
- Kevin Streelman
- Dustin Johnson
- Keegan Bradley
- Max Homa
Beyond the key strokes gained stat of ball striking, look towards players that hit lots of greens, as greens in regulation is a key to contending along with total putting – which is back on bentgrass at TPC River Highlands.
Golfers to Watch
The favorites are once again taking the most bets to win a golf tournament, and BetMGM is reporting that the most money is on Dustin Johnson (9.6%), Bryson DeChambeau (8.3%), Scottie Scheffler (7.9%) and Brooks Koepka (6.2%) to win the Travelers Championship. Those four golfers account for 32% of the total money bet to win the event at BetMGM, and they are also leaders in bet count with 5.5% to 6.5% of the tickets or online bets.
But beyond the leading favorites are other golfers to watch that have proven profiles, stats or offer far more value when betting to win a golf tournament. With 156 players in the field this week, there are additional options when wagering including prop bets on top finishing position.
We’ve had golfers to watch who have cashed in at 100/1 odds like Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship. This week we’ve chipped in four others to consider in your Travelers Championship betting portfolio as golfers to watch at TPC River Highlands.
Abraham Ancer ()
Ancer is a solid fit for the course having finished T11 and T8 the past two years in the event. He is also in solid form and has proven stats to success on Pete Dye-designs and comparable courses. He finished top-20 in April at Dye-designed Harbour Town and top-5 at comp course Copperhead in May to add to three total top-10s since May. Hitting greens has proven profitable for golfers at TPC River Highlands, and Ancer is top-10 on TOUR hitting 70% greens in regulation (GIR). His ball striking and approach strokes gained stats are among the best in this field (top six) over his last 36 rounds, as are his proximity to hole stats from 150-175 yards, which will be in play more on the shorter layout.
Kevin Streelman ()
Streelman has proven to be another decent Dye-design specialist and is in solid form with four straight top-20 finishes. That includes in both recent majors with stronger fields. He too ranks top-10 on TOUR in GIR, and top 20 in his past 36 rounds in ball striking, approach and tee-to-green stats. Streelman knows how to manage his way around a golf course, and miss in proper places as necessary. The 42-year-old finished second in last year’s Travelers Championship and won here in 2014.
Rickie Fowler ()
Fowler is starting to find his groove again, and there is some risk as he’s not played in this event since 2013 but did finish T13. Fowler didn’t qualify for the U.S. Open, but did finish T11 and T8 in his recent events at the Memorial and PGA Championship against elite fields and showed stronger iron play on approach. His around the green game remains solid, but his overall stats won’t look too strong, as he’s been working with new equipment and an overhaul of his swing. He’s putted well enough on Poa greens out East, and Fowler’s short game and clubbing down off the tee should be more beneficial this week.
Chris Kirk ()
The odds to win adjust as money gets bet and sportsbook adjust to information from key golf insiders. Kirk tees off in the first group Thursday and is a longshot whose odds have dropped. That’s interesting as he struggled in May before a T26 at the Memorial. But the short-hitter has had some success on Dye-designs with T7 at Harbour Town this year where shot-shaping and smaller greens were in play. That appears to be to his liking, as Kirk’s short game and around the green stats show strokes gained strength, and with more par-4s including eight from 400-450 yards, Kirk ranks top three in this field in efficiency at that distance. His sand saves and, scrambling stats are top 20, and perhaps Kirk will move up on the leaderboard as a longshot and hit his fourth top 10 in his last 11 starts, which would be good for a +1000 return.