Travelers Championship Odds & Betting Predictions

Travelers Championship Odds & Betting Predictions

Schauffele Up Against Scheffler, Rahm, and Rory in Defense of Travelers Championship Title

Last year, it was a quick trip from the U.S. Open in Boston to TPC at River Highlands in nearby Connecticut. This year, it’s a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New England for the Travelers Championship, which has one of the best fields in its history with it being a “designated event” on this year’s PGA Tour calendar. 

Xander Schauffele won last year’s title, cruising to victory after leading the tournament from the halfway point. His final score of a 19-under 261 tied for the best mark in this event in over a decade. Schaffele won the winner’s share of an $8.3 million purse, but that has been bumped up to $20 million due to the designated-event status. 

The event dates back to 1952 and has been played annually since. For much of the time, it was known as the Greater Hartford Open. 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. 

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The Course

TPC at 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 58 that he shot in 2016, which remains the lowest score shot in one round on the PGA Tour. 

The “Big 3” Favored Ahead of Schauffele

Scottie Scheffler (+600) is almost guaranteed to contend for the win here. At the U.S. Open, Scheffler finished third, which was his fifth straight top-five finish. Dating back to November, his worst finish in 16 events is 12th. This is his fourth start at  TPC at River Highlands, with better results each time out: missed cut, 47th, and 13th last year. 

Jon Rahm (+1000), making his first start here since 2020, finished strong at Los Angeles Country Club, shooting a 65 on Sunday to finish tied for 10th at last weekend’s major. While he’s capable of winning any week—he’s done so four times this year already—his last top five was way back at the end of April when he finished second at the Mexico Open at Vidanta. Perhaps last week’s closing-round 65 will get him back on track. 

Rory McIlroy (+1100) appears to be back in form despite having a clutch birdie putt elude him in the final round of the U.S. Open, where he finished one shot behind winner Wyndham Clark. It was also his fourth consecutive top-10 finish after he reset himself following a missed cut at the Masters. He’s strong here, never finishing outside the top 20 in four tries, but he has yet to record a top 10 in this tournament.

Xander Schauffele (+1200) started wonderfully at the U.S. Open, becoming the second-ever golfer to shoot a 62 at the major—about a half hour after Rickie Fowler did it. His other three rounds, however, totaled +5, which left him in a tie for 10th. But he’s on a run where he hasn’t missed a cut all season, and he’s placed in the top 10 in six of his last eight starts. In 14 rounds at TPC at River Highlands, he’s only been over par one time.

Other Contenders

Patrick Cantlay (+1200) returns to the course where he carded a 60 as an amateur in 2011. But this is his ninth time playing here and has yet to record a top 10. He’s been close in recent years, however, landing in the top 15 four times with a scoring average of 67.55 since 2018.

Viktor Hovland (+1800), who won The Memorial earlier this month, finished 11th in his last try here in 2020. Hovland, who was tied for runner-up at the PGA Championship last month, hasn’t missed a cut all season and has only finished outside the top 20 twice since February. 

We’re approaching two years since Collin Morikawa’s (+2500) win at the Open Championship. He rebounded from a back injury to finish 14th at the U.S. Open, but more encouragingly, he shot a 69 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—the only golfer in the field to go under par in each of the final three rounds.

Longshots

There are some big names atop the odds board who have not been entirely in form in recent weeks. Instead, it’s hard to ignore what Tommy Fleetwood (+3000) has done in recent weeks. He shook off a playoff loss at the RBC Canadian Open by charging up the leaderboard last Sunday with a 63 at LACC, good enough for a fifth-place finish. He was also fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship last month, which was another designated event.

Don’t expect a letdown from Rickie Fowler (+3000) after dropping from the lead after 54 holes to a fifth-place effort at the U.S. Open. It was his third top-10 finish in a row and eighth top 20 in his last nine starts. His resurgence has mirrored that of Jason Day, who eventually won this year after posting strong finishes. 

Harris English is the 2021 champ here and can be picked at +5000. After fighting injuries over the past year, he’s rounding into form as of late. Starting with a runner-up finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, English has made eight of 10 cuts, was third at the Wells Fargo Championship, and placed eighth at the U.S. Open. 

2023 Travelers Championship Odds

While Scheffler hasn’t won since March, it’s hard to avoid taking him due to being an automatic top-five as of late. We’re not totally sold on Rahm or McIlroy here, but we love Schauffele to repeat along with value picks in Fleetwood, Fowler, and English. 

Here are the latest odds from JazzSports for the PGA Tour’s 2023 Travelers Championship.

GOLFERODDS TO WIN 2023 TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Scottie Scheffler+600
Jon Rahm+1000
Rory McIlroy+1100
Xander Schauffele+1200
Patrick Cantlay+1200
Viktor Hovland+1800
Tony Finau+2000
Collin Morikawa+2500
Matt Fitzpatrick+2500
Justin Thomas+2800
Max Homa+2800

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