5 Potential PGA TOUR Golf Sleeper Picks For Travelers Championship

Written By John Haslbauer on June 21, 2022
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The PGA TOUR hasn’t traveled far this week, as we’re staying put in New England for the 2022 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Below we’ll look at potential Travelers Championship picks and dig in deep as we look for sleepers in this week’s golf odds.

Golf conversation continues to be mired in LIV speculation; however, the PGA TOUR is poised to put its best foot forward, with raucous crowds in store and a loaded field that features five of the top-10 ranked golfers in the world.

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COURSE INTRODUCTION

TPC River Highlands is the second-shortest course on the PGA TOUR, standing at just 6,841 yards. While in theory we’d naturally gravitate to the fairway-finding plodders that typically hold their own on courses that funnel tee shots to the same layup landing areas, that hasn’t exactly been the formula at The Travelers, as a diverse cast of both long and short hitters have found success here. It’s an energetic atmosphere at The Travelers, one that typically has forced the best players to rise to the top when the pressure is on come Sunday. With that said, we’ve seen ample examples of surprise contenders emerge in this event (look no further than Kramer Hickok last year).

For a deeper dive into the course, read my Travelers Championship preview. Without any further delay, let’s get to our Travelers Championship picks with a look at longshots and sleepers for your DFS lineups. Click on the odds anywhere below to bet now and lock in exclusive sign-up bonuses with your Travelers Championship picks for new users.

POTENTIAL SLEEPER TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP PICKS

From a golf betting perspective, I do find myself concentrating my exposure at the top of the betting board this week, looking to get exposure to well-rounded players with proven win equity who have stepped onto this stage in the past and withstood the test. This event falls short of a pure birdie fest with winning scores typically hanging around the mid-teens under par, so I’m looking to get exposure to players who can string together birdie streaks, but also scramble for par from difficult around-the-green complexes when needed.

In terms of DFS, this is a good week to go contrarian from consensus chalk plays, as there are so many different profiles of players who can attack this course in a style that suits their game best. I’m not fading debutants, but when it comes to finding value, I’m looking for a baseline of prior course history coupled with trending Ball Striking and Around The Green form over the last couple of months leading in.

Below is a look at my favorite value leverage plays and longshots for the 2022 Travelers Championship! Stats pulled across Last 36 Rounds unless otherwise noted.

Si Woo Kim (, $7,600)

It wasn’t long ago that we locked Si Woo Kim as an auto-play on Pete Dye Courses, regardless of form. That blind philosophy of chasing Kim on Dye courses would have secured you an outright ticket at the 2021 AmEx, and since then, he’s continues to be rock solid on Dye’s designs with eight made cuts on Dye courses over the past two years and five top-20s over that span. When it comes to course history, the former PLAYERS champion’s resume stacks up well with three top-25 finishes in five appearances, including a T11 in 2020.

Kim is one of just 10 players this week to rank top 30 in both SG: Ball Striking and SG: ARG, and he’s the only one amongst that group available in the $7K range on Draft Kings. A cold putter has relegated him to the longshot range this week, but Kim has shown us flashes of streaky putting, most recently gaining 1.4 strokes putting at the Memorial on Bentgrass greens.

Kim is top 30 in my model this week, ranking top 10 in the key stat categories of SG: ARG, SG: T2G (<7,200 Yard Courses), and Doubles Avoided. We can expect him to keep the ball in play and scramble for pars, so this week should all come down to how many putts he’s able to hole.

Cam Davis (, $7,500)

I still don’t fully understand it, but when it comes to short, positional courses, Cam Davis is your guy off the tee. Davis jumps from No. 92 in overall SG: OTT all the way to No. 12 SG: OTT on courses under 7,200 yards. That ability to dial back the driver for accuracy has manifested in top-10 finishes on his latest two positional course events between the Charles Schwab Challenge (T7) and the RBC Heritage (T3).

Taking a broader look back, Davis’ history on comp courses holds its own with the best in this field, as he ranks top 15 in SG: T2G on Pete Dye courses and <7,200-yard courses. His first career PGA TOUR victory came at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage on a similar layout which rewards positional layups off the tee in moderate scoring conditions on the same Bent/Poa blended greens. We can consider Davis a short-course specialist at this point, and there’s plenty of indicators to suggest he can pay off his price this week at the Travelers.

Stewart Cink (, $7,000)

Among potential Travelers Championship picks in this range, there’s plenty of win equity behind Stewart Cink to justify an outright flyer at over 200-1 odds. The two-time PGA TOUR winner in 2021 is also a two-time winner at the Travelers Championship, and for whatever reason, has historically been at his best in the week following a Major. In Cink’s recent history at the Travelers, he’s finished T2 in 2018, and led the field in SG: T2G at last year’s event, with a cold putter relegating him to a T30 finish.

Although the form looks to have taken a step back in his last two starts, Cink had strung together a run of six consecutive events in which he gained strokes on approach between the Valspar Championship and Charles Schwab Challenge, gaining strokes putting all but once over that span and recording two T10 finishes along the way. The back-to-back missed cuts at the Memorial and U.S. Open get us a price discount this week, but with more docile conditions in store at TPC River Highlands, I’m optimistic Cink’s putter will be ready to roll, with hopes of a more complete showing than last year.

Hank Lebioda (, $6,500)

TPC River Highlands has always seemed to be kind to lefties. Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson have five victories at this championship between them, and Brian Harman has the best course history of any player in this week’s field. The talent gap between Brian Harman and Hank Lebioda is really not that severe, so I’m drawn to Lebioda as a $2,100 price discount on Draft Kings.

After a rocky start to the 2022 season, Hank appears to have righted the ship with three T40 finishes over his last four starts. He now returns to the Travelers after an impressive T5 showing in 2021. In three career appearances at this event, he’s never missed the cut, and gained strokes both T2G and Putting each time.

The current form is not quite where it was when entering the Travelers this time last year, and that gives me pause to think that he can follow up with a repeat T5 performance. With that said, this course is a perfect fit for his game, and his short game alone should present a path to a T40 finish to pay off the $6,500 price tag.

Paul Barjon (, $6,100)

Paul Barjon’s best finish of the 2022 season came on a sub-7,200 yard Pete Dye course when he finished T10 at The AmEx this past January. Barjon is a bomber, ranking top 10 in this field in driving distance. One would think that is irrelevant entering a 6,841 yard course, but distance has actually been a predictive route to chase at TPC River Highlands, as shown by players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day, and Bubba Watson over recent years.

Despite his length, Barjon has actually been at his best on shorter courses, ranking No. 8 in this field in SG: OTT on courses under 7,200 yards. That comfortability to lay up off the tee on more positional courses should mean more fairways this week for the Frenchman. He also ranks top 10 in Proximity from 125-150 yards, where a majority of approach shots have funneled from at TPC River Highlands, so he’ll be able to hit to a number on the eight par-4s which measure between 400-450 yards this week.

Barjon won’t be on my betting card this week, but I like the upside to complement top-heavy DFS builds at the near-minimum price.

Good luck with your 2022 Travelers Championship picks!

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