This week on PGA Tour: Travelers Championship
It’s the week after the U.S. Open so it’s definitely a watered-down field at this week’s PGA Tour stop, the Travelers Championship, in Cromwell, Conn. Bet on the tournament at WagerWeb.com.
TPC at River Highlands has hosted this event since 1984 and it was formerly known as the Buick Championship and the Greater Hartford Open. With the scoring, it is not a very difficult track and last year it was ranked 41st in difficulty out of 51 venues. The 6,841 yards in length makes it one of the shorter stops as well.
The highest-ranked player in the world who is playing happens to be U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and he is the second-favorite to win at +1200. While Simpson is playing this week, he won’t reportedly play the British Open because his wife might give birth to their second child around that time and he doesn’t want to miss it. Simpson has yet to finish in the Top 10 in four tries at the Travelers.
Matt Kuchar, the winner of the Players Championship earlier this year, is the +1100 favorite on WagerWeb.com. A model of consistency once again this season with seven top-15 finishes in 13 starts, good for seventh place in the FedExCup. There’s likely no reason why that trend doesn’t continue in his first appearance in Hartford since 2008.
Hunter Mahan (+1200 on WagerWeb.com) figures to contend. He has nothing but great memories of this event as the Travelers offered him one of his first sponsor’s exemptions, and then in 2007 was the site of his first career Tour win. From 2006-2009, he went runner-up, win, runner-up, T-4 in this event. He has a pair of wins in 2012 and could get No. 3 this week.
Bubba Watson (+2000) struggled at the U.S. Open but Hartford was the site of his first PGA Tour win in 2010, Watson has played this event the past four years and has shot zero rounds over par in that span
Last year, Fredrik Jacobson (+2000 to repeat) shot 66 for a 20 under total and claim his first PGA Tour win as he was a shot better than Ryan Moore, who bogeyed 18, and John Rollins. Jacobson’s 72-hole total of 20-under 260 was the lowest winning score on Tour at the time last year.