Travelers Championship Odds & Betting Predictions

Travelers Championship Odds & Betting Predictions

The PGA Tour shifts from the New England state of Massachusetts to Connecticut as top golfers follow up the U.S. Open with this week’s Travelers Championship.

The tournament has been around since 1952 and was known as the Greater Hartford Open for much of that time. Harris English won last year’s after outlasting Kramer Hickok in a sudden-death playoff that went eight holes. English will be defending against the top-four in the FedEx Cup standings and six of the world’s top-10 golfers.

Billy Casper holds the record for most wins with four, and Bubba Watson has claimed three titles here, most recently in 2018. Two-time winners include Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson, who was the only back-to-back winner in the history of the event.

The Course

TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut has hosted the tournament since 1984. It’s one of the shortest courses on the PGA Tour at 6,852 yards and a par 70 layout, but it provides a good challenge.

The course has some reachable par-4s, but a poor drive will leave golfers fighting to save par. The par-3 holes can also be difficult due to length, water hazards, and large greens.

Kenny Perry holds the course record with a 22-under 258 in 2009. It’s also home to Jim Furyk’s 68 that he shot in 2016.

McIlroy and Thomas Favored for Third-Straight Tournament

After a thrilling Sunday duel in Canada two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are here in Connecticut after playing in last week’s U.S. Open. McIlroy (+850) is the favorite, having won the RBC Canadian Open and then coming in a fifth-place tie at Brookline last week. McIlroy has come in the top 20 in each of his three starts at TPC River Highlands and has a scoring average of 67.5, but he’s never finished in the top 10 here. But with the way he’s playing this season, an improvement in the standings would be a surprise to no one.

Thomas (+1000) had a rough finish at the U.S. Open, shooting a +4 on Sunday to finish tied for 37th. But he was in the top five in Canada and of course won the PGA Championship last month, so he’s been on point all season long. Thomas, however, has not had a lot of success here, logging just one top 25 in seven appearances—a third in 2016 after shooting a 62 in the final round.

Other Contenders

Scottie Scheffler +1000

World’s No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler worked his way into contention at the U.S. Open with a 67 on Sunday, but after birdieing hole 17, he had to settle for a par on 18 and end up one stroke behind eventual winner Matt Fitzpatrick. Despite not having won since the Masters, Scheffler has two runner-up finishes and has been no worse than 18th in five of his six starts since winning at Augusta.

Patrick Cantlay +1200

Outside of a missed cut at the PGA Championship, Patrick Cantlay has shown the form that won him the FedEx Cup last season. He has a win, a runner-up, and a third-place finish in his last five starts and was also 14th at the U.S. Open, starting at +2 but getting one stroke better in each round. Been in the top 15 in his last four Travelers Championships, but like McIlroy, hasn’t been able to crack the top 10 yet.

Xander Schauffele +1500

Continues the trend of playing solid golf and having good but not great results in this event. He has two top-20s here in his last three tries and has rattled off five in a row on tour, including solid results at the PGA and U.S. Open plus the team win with Cantlay at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Sam Burns +1800

Was on pace for his best finish at a major as he was 1-under going into the final round of the U.S. Open, but a final-round 76 sent him to a 27th place finish. But Sam Burns has improved each time here, finishing 13th last year, and has two wins, a runner-up, and a fourth-place effort in his last eight starts. His last two finishes coming off majors are a second after the Masters and a win after the PGA.

Jordan Spieth +2000

Won here five years ago with a memorable hole-out in a playoff to beat Daniel Berger. Fought for a 37th place finish at Brookline last week but hasn’t missed a cut in six events since the Masters. Spieth didn’t play in this event last year but is currently on a streak of five rounds in a row here under par.

Travelers Championship Longshots

Harris English +6000

Defending champion Harris English is still working his way back into form since undergoing hip surgery in January. He made the cut at the U.S. Open in just his second tournament back but faded on the weekend with a 78 and 77 in the final two rounds.

Davis Riley (+2700)

Is a great pick if you’re looking for a first-time winner. The 25-year-old rookie was an admirable 31st at the U.S. Open and prior to that was no worse than 13th over a six-start span.

Marc Leishman (+4000)

Won here 10 years ago and has remained strong at TPC River Highlands, making 10 out of 11 cuts with six top-25s and was also third in 2021. He finished 14th at the U.S. Open, and he’s been in decent form for most of the year despite not having a top-10 finish since January.

McIlroy remains highly motivated after taking on a leadership role among PGA Tour pros the past several weeks, so his strong play continuing would be no surprise. We’re also backing Cantlay, Burns, and Spieth among the contenders and Riley for an underdog pick.

Golf betting odds to win the PGA Tour’s 2022 Travelers Championship courtesy of Jazzsports

GOLFERODDS TO WIN 2022 TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Rory McIlroy+850
Justin Thomas+1000
Scottie Scheffler+1000
Patrick Cantlay+1200
Xander Schauffele+1500
Sam Burns+1800
Jordan Spieth+2000
Joaquin Niemann+2000
Tony Finau+2500
Sungjae Im+2500

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