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2020 Travelers Championship Betting Odds & Free Picks

There won’t be any fans at TPC River Highlands for the 2020 Travelers Championship, but there seem to be more golf fans around the betting world than ever. The sport is rising in popularity for a lot of different reasons, not the least of which the fact that it has given all of us something to bet on while the major pro and collegiate leagues try to navigate the treacherous COVID waters.

Lots of bettors are finding their way to the Golf section of their sportsbooks to attempt to pick winners, play matchups and groups, and wager on whatever they can. It doesn’t hurt to have golfers mic’d up so that we can find out that they’re just like us! See? Just like us!

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The Field

Author’s note: The article has NOT been edited to include the players that have WD. The article has remained as is from when it was posted on Monday afternoon.

Anyway, the field is really good this week, as has been the case for the first two events back. There are a lot of really good players that have played in this event a lot or at least sporadically, but a lot of top players are on hand this week. Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Brooks Kopeka, Dustin Johnson, and Webb Simpson make up the under +2000 crowd. Patrick Cantlay makes his return right at +2000. Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed, Collin Morikawa, Bubba Watson, and Abrahm Ancer range from +2500 to +3000.

Watson is a three-time winner here. A guy like Brian Harman at +6000 might make some sense here, as it would appear that kind of left-handed shot shape plays well at TPC River Highlands. There are lots of notables in the field, including Paul Casey at +3300, who often plays well here with five top-20 finishes in a row and four in the top five, and Sergio Garcia, who doesn’t play here often, but was runner-up in 2014. Jordan Spieth is a past winner here. This is a solid field. Odds for all of the players in the field are posted at the bottom of the article.

Course Profile

TPC at River Highlands is a short par 70 around 6,850 yards. This is a Pete Dye re-design that has been a tour stop 36 times in the past. This course requires a calculated approach. There aren’t a ton of hazards until you get to holes 15-18, but there are some narrow landing areas and some in-between second and third shots with the shortened distance.

The winning score the last two years has been 17-under, so there are some low numbers out there. Given the 22-under last week at Hilton Head to set an all-time tournament record, it does seem as though PGA Tour officials have put some training wheels on the players with some fairer pin placements and less penal blades of grass in the rough. We’ll see if that changes this week.

While golf is drawing more nationwide attention for a sports-crazed society, it will be a huge bummer to not see fans here. This event generally ranks second behind the Waste Management Phoenix Open in attendance.

Yay or Neigh?

This is the heading for the horse for course discussion. Some bettors and fantasy players believe course form is irrelevant. Others disagree. So, we’ll present the info and let you decide.

As mentioned, Bubba Watson is a three-time winner here. He has also finished fourth, second, and sixth dating back to 2008. Jordan Spieth won in 2017, but finished 42nd and then MC the next two years. Kevin Streelman is +12500 this week and had a win here in 2014. He also has three other top-10 finishes dating back to 2008. Chez Reavie is the reigning champ at +10000. Marc Leishman (+5000), Russell Knox (+17500), and Stewart Cink (+20000) are also past winners in the field.

Casey has the aforementioned four top-five finishes here at +3300. Bryson DeChambeau is listed among the favorites and has finished in the top 10 each of the last two years. Charley Hoffman carded top-10 finishes in 2012-13 and 2017 and he is +15000. Ryan Moore had four top-10 finishes from 2009-14 and finished 15th here last year and 17th in 2016. He’s +12500 this week.

Last year’s top 10 in strokes gained per DataGolf were Reavie, Keegan Bradley, Zack Sucher, Vaughn Taylor, Casey, Kevin Tway, Joaquin Niemann, Harman, Jason Day, Roberto Diaz, Ancer, DeChambeau. Guys like Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Cantlay were just after some of those guys. It was the putting for Bradley and Tway that put them high on the list.

In 2018, the list was Bubba Watson, Cink, Casey, JB Holmes, Beau Hossler, Harman, Tway, Russell Henley, Anirban Lahiri, Chase Seiffert, and DeChambeau.

Per DataGolf the top 10 in Course History Index (CH Index), which is adjusted for field strength, is Casey, Watson, Moore, Day, DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Tommy Gainey, Freddie Jacobsen, Hoffman, and Leishman.

Stats Handicap

It is a shame that Daniel Berger is taking this week off, since he finished tied for third in strokes gained last week at the RBC. His price would have been pretty low anyway, but he has been outstanding since the return.

One popular pick this week will be Sergio Garcia. He was -0.77 SG: Putting last week, but finished in the top five in SG overall. He didn’t make enough putts and still finished tied for fifth at 19-under. The 35/1 price is certainly good enough to take a stab this week.

The price is not very good on Bryson DeChambeau at 14/1, but keep an eye on him throughout the tournament to see if you can get him a few shots off the lead. He’s been T-3 and T-8 in strokes gained in the last two events and plays extremely well at this course.

This course has not been kind to JT Poston with three MCs, but he’s finished eighth and 10th the last two weeks. Last week, he finished 17-under and only struggled on approach. Because Harbour Town values approach shots more than that average course, he finished a little lower than he maybe could have elsewhere. Poston ranks in the top 10 for the season in SG: Putting. He is at +6600 this week.

Viktor Hovland finished just outside the top 20 last week because he putted poorly and had some issues scrambling. His play off the tee was excellent and his full body of work was strong. This week, where SG: Off-The-Tee matters a lot more than it did last week, Hovland at 45/1 looks attractive. He was eighth in SG: OTT per DataGolf last week. He was third in this event last year in SG: OTT, but putted poorly and struggled around the green. If his approach shots are better this time around, he should be fine.

Picks

Casey, Watson, Garcia, and Harman are on the card this week. Watson for his course history and a shot shape that clearly helps here. Same thing with Harman. Bubba also played really well two weeks ago at the Charles Schwab. Last week’s course was a bad fit for him. Harman has been top-30 the last two weeks.

Casey, like Cantlay, is coming off of the shelf, so there is some major risk involved, but Casey and Cantlay have both played well here. Casey is just the better price at +3300.

Garcia did everything except make putts last week. He hasn’t played here in a while, but he’s been top-25 in his last two starts. Garcia led the field in SG: T2G last week.

These aren’t awe-inspiring prices at 33, 28, 35, and 60, but the quality of these fields means that it is a lot tougher to hit those big long shots.

Let’s throw out a couple long shot bombs anyway. Brandt Snedeker is +14000 this week. Sneds has three top-15 finishes here. He got to shake off the rust last week at the RBC and seemed to have a lot of it to shake off. He struggled off the tee here last year, but played well on approach and around the green.

Matthew NeSmith will be the other one at 200/1. NeSmith is just outside the top 35 in driving accuracy for the season. The South Carolina grad has also putted well and sits 40th in SG: Total for the season per the PGA Tour stats. Last week, NeSmith was bad on the greens, which is rare for him. He’s never played here before, but plays in the fairway and gets to the green in regulation.

Coverage of the Travelers Championship will be on Golf Channel and PGA Tour Live on Thursday and Friday and CBS will have the mid-afternoon coverage on Saturday and Sunday.

Odds for the Travelers Championship as of June 22, 4 p.m. ET:

Justin Thomas +1210
Rory McIlroy +1210
Bryson DeChambeau +1400
Jon Rahm +1500
Dustin Johnson +1800
Brooks Koepka +1800
Webb Simpson +1800
Patrick Cantlay +2000
Justin Rose +2500
Xander Schauffele +2500
Collin Morikawa +2800
Bubba Watson +2800
Abraham Ancer +2800
Patrick Reed +2800
Joaquin Niemann +3000
Paul Casey +3300
Matthew Fitzpatrick +3500
Sergio Garcia +3500
Jordan Spieth +4000
Gary Woodland +4500
Viktor Hovland +4500
Tony Finau +5000
Scottie Scheffler +5000
Marc Leishman +5000
Brian Harman +6000
J.T. Poston +6600
Ian Poulter +7000
Corey Conners +7000
Joel Dahmen +8000
Kevin Kisner +8000
Max Homa +9000
Ryan Palmer +9000
Phil Mickelson +10000
Louis Oosthuizen +10000
Keegan Bradley +10000
Jason Day +10000
Jason Kokrak +10000
Chez Reavie +10000
Billy Horschel +10000
Branden Grace +10000
Shane Lowry +10000
Byeong Hun An +12500
Cameron Champ +12500
Kevin Na +12500
Kevin Streelman +12500
Rafa Cabrera-Bello +12500
Patrick Rodgers +12500
Ryan Moore +12500
Brandt Snedeker +14000
Bud Cauley +15000
Charley Hoffman +15000
Carlos Ortiz +15000
Russell Henley +15000
Lucas Glover +15000
Matthew Wolff +15000
Dylan Frittelli +15000
Harold Varner III +17500
Jhonattan Vegas +17500
Jim Furyk +17500
Joseph Bramlett +17500
Matt Wallace +17500
Luke List +17500
Russell Knox +17500
Cameron Smith +17500
Danny Lee +17500
C.T. Pan +17500
Beau Hossler +17500
Zach Johnson +17500
Tyler Duncan +20000
Vaughn Taylor +20000
Stewart Cink +20000
Talor Gooch +20000
Tom Hoge +20000
Sebastian Munoz +20000
Sam Burns +20000
Brendon Todd +20000
Charl Schwartzel +20000
Matthew NeSmith +20000
Harry Higgs +20000
Graeme McDowell +20000
Emiliano Grillo +22500
Matt Jones +22500
Doc Redman +22500
Brendan Steele +22500
Brice Garnett +22500
Aaron Wise +25000
Danny Willett +25000
Cameron Tringale +25000
Wyndham Clark +25000
Mackenzie Hughes +25000
Luke Donald +25000
Mark Hubbard +25000
Michael Thompson +25000
Kevin Tway +25000
Kyle Stanley +25000
Scott Stallings +27500
Sung Kang +30000
Si Woo Kim +30000
Steve Stricker +30000
Sepp Straka +30000
Troy Merritt +30000
Keith Mitchell +30000
Grayson Murray +30000
Lanto Griffin +30000
Sam Ryder +32500
Chris Stroud +32500
Denny McCarthy +35000
Cameron Percy +35000
Brian Stuard +35000
Adam Long +35000
Aaron Baddeley +35000
Nate Lashley +35000
J.J. Spaun +35000
Sahith Theegala +35000
Peter Malnati +40000
James Hahn +40000
Jamie Lovemark +40000
Kevin Chappell +40000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +40000
Hudson Swafford +40000
Richy Werenski +40000
Robby Shelton +40000
Lucas Bjerregaard +40000
Adam Schenk +40000
Austin Cook +40000
Will Gordon +40000
Zac Blair +40000
Wesley Bryan +50000
Seung-Yul Noh +50000
Ted Potter, Jr. +50000
Bronson Burgoon +50000
Bo Hoag +50000
Ryan Armour +50000
Patton Kizzire +50000
Henrik Norlander +50000
Brian Gay +60000
Scott Brown +60000
Scott Harrington +75000
Vijay Singh +75000
Bo Van Pelt +100000
Davis Love III +100000
Greg Chalmers +100000
Hank Lebioda +100000
Hunter Mahan +100000
J.J. Henry +100000
Michael Kim +100000
Roger Sloan +100000
Martin Trainer +100000
Matt Every +100000
Peter Kuest +100000

 

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