Travelers Championship Betting Guide: Star-Studded Field Heads To TPC River Highlands

Posted By FairwayJay on June 24, 2020
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The 2020 Travelers Championship will feature the strongest field of players to ever tee it up at TPC River Highlands. Nine of the top 10 players in the World Golf Rankings and 15 of the top 20 will battle for the winners share of $1.3 million and 500 FedEx Cup points. A total of 25 major championship winners make up the star-studded field.

That includes two-time event winner at TPC River Highlands Phil Mickelson, who returns to action after turning 50 years old this past week. He’s joined by other past event champions Chez Reavie, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Streelman, Russel Knox, Marc Leishman, Hunter Mahan Stewart Cink, 3-time winner Bubba Watson and Fairfield native J.J. Henry.

This year’s event will maintain its scheduled spot during the COVID-19 crisis but will not follow the 120th US Open, which has been rescheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Travelers has been the title sponsor since 2007, and the redesigned Pete Dye layout from 1982 was renovated again in 1989 by noted golf architect Bobby Weed and PGA Tour Design Services.

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Along with the strength at the top of the power rankings and odds this week with nine of the top 10 and 15 of the top 20 in the world golf rankings, there is also 33 of the top 50 showing even more depth and talent teeing it up at the Travelers. Last year 22 of the top 50 were at TPC River Highlands the week following the US Open.

There is usually not much discrepancy in the odds to win the tournament for the top players compared to much greater odds variance for long shots greater than 40-1 or so. As you compare odds and make bets on some of the favorites, note these differences, which can continue to change as the tournament nears with betting interest.

Webb Simpson (+1800 at DraftKings, +2200 at BetMGM): Fresh off his thrilling record-setting score victory last week at Harbour Town, Simpson’s odds have been adjusted considerably after his win at +3000 at DraftKings. Webb did not play at TPC River Highlands last year, but finished tied for 8th in 2017 and missed the cut in 2018; his only missed cut in nine appearances. He had a best finish of T5 in 2013. Jon Rahm has similar odds to Simpson this week at both DraftKings (+1800) and BetMGM (+1600), and he returns for the first time since 2016 when he finished T25 in his second start at River Highlands. His strong recent stats include 5.2 strokes gained off the tee and 1.7 strokes with his approach over six measured rounds since returning.

Justin Thomas (+1100 at DraftKings, +1200 at BetMGM): Thomas is the favorite this week. Thomas has two appearances with an 11th place finish in 2015. He’s the most consistent and perhaps best at scoring on Par 4’s, ranking top-3 in each of the past four seasons including 2020. Strong mid and short-iron play along with piercing wedges make him suited for this course again this week. Ranked second in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green here last year but putted poorly to finish T36. An Odds Boost promo at FanDuel Sportsbook offers Thomas +350 to finish top 5.

Rory McIlroy: A pair of top 20 finishes in two starts in 2017 and 2018 with four rounds in the 60s and an 11-under par total in 2018. McIlroy has averaged an outstanding 3.02 Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green per round – the most of any player in 15 years with at least eight rounds played at TPC River Highlands.

Brooks Koepka: A high finish of T9 in 2016 included a best-round of 64 in four starts. Koepka’s 4.88 birdies or eagles per round at TPC River Highlands are best in the field since 2010 with a minimum of 12 rounds, just in front of DeChambeau (4.81).

Bryson DeChambeau: Bulked-up Bryson has made the cut in all four starts including a pair of top-10 finishes the last two years with four consistent rounds in 2018 to finish 12-under par.

Xander Schauffele: Missed the cut in 2018 and T14 in 2017 in his Rookie of the Year season. His odds have moved up from opener and now +2500 to win at DraftKings and +3000 at both FanDuel and BetMGM.

Patrick Cantlay: Returns for his first tournament since the PGA Tour went on hiatus. Cantlay finished T15 each of the last two years in this event.

Horse for the Course

Paul Casey: Has played in the event each of the past five years with four top 5 finishes including twice a runner-up. His solo second-place finish in 2016 saw the Englishman finish 16-under par. Solid success on similar tree-lined tracks winning twice at Copperhead. For a golfer with at least eight rounds at TPC River Highlands, Casey leads all players with 2.46 strokes gained per round, according to data golf. The best odds to win on Casey are +4500 at DraftKings Sportsbook and +800 to finish top 5. Casey is +175 to finish top 20 at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Winner

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Justin Thomas
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+1100
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+1300
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+1200
Rory McIlroy
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+1200
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+1200
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+1200
Bryson DeChambeau
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+1250
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+1300
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+1200
Jon Rahm
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+1800
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=1800
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+1600
Webb Simpson
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+1800
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+2200
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+2200
Brooks Koepka
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+1900
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+1800
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+2000
Xander Schauffele
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+2500
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+3000
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+3000
Patrick Cantlay
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+2800
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+2800
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+2500
Dustin Johnson
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+2800
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+2800
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+2800
Justin Rose
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+2800
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+3000
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+2800
Abraham Ancer
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+3300
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+3300
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+3300
Joaquin Niemann
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+3500
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+4000
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+4000
Patrick Reed
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+3500
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+4500
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+4000
Sungjae Im
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+3500
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+3500
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+3500
Bubba Watson
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+3500
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+3300
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+3300
Tony Finau
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+4000
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+5000
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+5500
Collin Morikawa
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+4000
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+4000
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+3300
Paul Casey
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+4500
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+3500
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+3300
Sergio Garcia
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+5000
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+4500
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+5000
Jordan Spieth
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+5000
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+4500
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+4500
Matthew Fitzpatrick
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+5500
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+5000
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+4500
Viktor Hovland
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+5500
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+4500
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+5000
Marc Leishman
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+5500
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+7500
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+5000
Gary Woodland
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+5500
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+5500
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+5000

View odds for every golfer at DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM

Notable players at longer odds

Some notable names at longer odds than can perform well with supporting stats and some past success at TPC River Highlands include (best odds to win from FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM):

Sunjae Im (+3500 across board): Im entered last year’s tournament playing terrific golf and had six top-10 finishes prior to the Travers. He finished T21 on debut, and his stats and success suggest the 22-year-old will go lower this year. Im is top-20 on Tour in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and he’s finished well on other tree-lined tracks at Copperhead and 3rd this year at Bay Hill. Solid accuracy and Greens in Regulation stats and top-12 in birdie average, down from No. 6 last week.

Bubba Watson (+3500 at DraftKings): A 3-time winner in 13 appearances with six top-10 finishes. His last win on the PGA Tour was here in 2018.

Joaquin Niemann (+4000 at FanDuel): Finished fifth on debut here last year with all four rounds in the 60s and gained 2.57 strokes per round on the field – best of the week. Niemann was challenging for the win late on Sunday before finishing T5 last week at Harbour Town. His best golf has been played on Bentgrass courses. A victory this week would give him his second PGA Tour title and become the second youngest player (21 years 7 months) to win twice on the PGA Tour since Sergio Garcia in 2001.

Sergio Garcia (+5000 at DraftKings and BetMGM): Speaking of Sergio, he finished T5 last week and led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and ranked second in SG: Approach.

Brian Harman (+7000 at DraftKings): A pair of top-10 finishes the last two years here including five rounds of 66 or better.

Jason Day (+10000 at DraftKings and BetMGM): Day finished T12 in 2018 and T8 last year when he shot a sizzling 63 on Friday.

Keegan Bradley (+12500 at DraftKings and BetMGM): Bradley was last year’s runner-up, tied with a 13-under total. He’s made the cut in all nine appearances with one other top-10.

Ryan Moore (+15000 at FanDuel): Five top-10’s in this event and 10 made cuts in 12 starts. Moore finished T15 last year, but was among the leaders halfway through following a 64 on Friday. He showed he could really go low with a 19-under par runner-up finish in 2011 and two other top-5 finishes.

Kevin Streelman (+175000 at DraftKings): Won here in 2014 shooting a pair of 64’s on the weekend and finished T8 in 2017 and T15 last year.

Russell Henley (+20000 DraftKings): Missed the cut last year, but T6 in 2018 and T11 in 2016.

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Course and tournament info

  • Course: TPC River Highlands
  • Location: Cromwell, CT
  • Par: 70 / Yardage 6,843
  • Purse: $7.4 Million / Winner $1.33 Million
  • Fairways/Rough: Bentgrass fairways with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial fescue rough
  • Greens: Bentgrass

The spectator-free event is televised on the Golf Channel Thursday – Sunday with CBS covering the action Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. ET.

A late spring and cooler temperatures caused some challenges in growing turf. Jeff Reich, TPC’s director of golf course maintenance told the Hartford Courant that the grounds crew and staff have been filling in areas and working diligently.

“The course is probably in some of the best shape I’ve seen,” he said.

River Highlands is a short, forgiving course with stately corridors of mature maple, oak, sycamore and eastern white pine trees framing gently rolling fairways. Plenty of doglegs make for shaping shots and nearly 70 bunkers and five water hazards come into play on six holes. Those lakes and ponds add to the courses beauty and design, including the most famous portion of the course and three-hole stretch from 15 to 17. These holes and surrounding four-acre lake make up the “Golden Triangle.” Add in the finishing hole where the tournament is won (or lost), and you have one of the most exiting finishing stretches on the PGA Tour.

The tournament’s history and list of winners has featured sensational scoring and many memorable moments. Kenny Perry won with a record 22-under par in 2009. Jim Furyk shot a final round 58 in 2016, but did not win. Phil Mickelson shot 61 on a Saturday to win in 2001,  joining many other players that went very low with a 61 at TPC River Highlands.

Key stats

Birdies or bust this week, as scores will be low. Last year, Chez Reavie (-17) shot a back-nine 28 on Saturday to build a six shot lead and win by four. Twelve players shot 10-under par or better. In 2018, Bubba Watson (-17) won the event for the third time with the same 17-under par total to nip three players by a single stroke with 18 players shooting 10-under par or better.

As you watch and wager on the event, know that No. 4 is the longest Par 4 and toughest scoring hole on the course.

  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green – combo of distance, accuracy and hitting greens
  • Strokes Gained: Scrambling – par or better after missing the green in regulation
  • Par Breakers: most birdies and eagles
  • Par 4 Scoring Average
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