Travelers Championship Golf Tips, Predictions & Betting Offer
Racing Post tipster Steve Palmer has picked out his golf fancies for the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour starting on Thursday.
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This week we’re at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, which has hosted since 1984. It’s a 6,852 yard par 70 with only two par 5s.
Jim Furyk carded a 58 in the 2016 Travelers Championship which tells you all you need to know about the challenge; it’s a doddle for the tour pros and a glorified putting contest. It’s going to need four rounds in the 60s to win this.
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Rory McIlroy (8/1) is a surprise entry – this is his fourth consecutive week in competition. I just wonder if he’s mentally fatigued and I can avoid him at short prices this week.
Scottie Scheffler (8/1) is a bit more tempting, but Lady luck has turned against him a bit and I can’t generate passion for the market leaders when they might not have the passion for the event.
Patrick Cantlay (11/1) once carded a round of 60 at this course when still an amateur at the 2011 Travelers Championship on just his second PGA Tour start.
He finished 24th and it hasn’t been plain sailing since with injuries, but he has established himself as a member of the elite with six PGA Tour titles – he’s also a FedEx Cup champion, a Ryder Cup winner and a Presidents Cup winner.
This year he could easily have won the Phoenix Open where he was beaten by Scottie Scheffler in a play-off, then he was beaten by Jordan Spieth in another playoff at the Heritage.
He did win the Zurich Classic pairs event in April alongside Xander Schauffele and has played some excellent golf in his two most recent starts – 3rd in the Memorial and 14th in the US Open, where his score improved by a shot each day with rounds of 72, 71, 70 and 69.
His last four Travelers finishes read 15-15-11-13 and his putter can turn into a magic wand.
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The ball-striking of Denny McCarthy (50/1) has improved a lot this year and he can take great confidence from the US Open – 7th was his best major effort by a long way.
It followed a 5th place at the Memorial and he hasn’t missed a cut since the Phoenix Open in February. He’s threatening a PGA Tour breakthrough and this assignment suits him better than the others he’s played well in.
He’s one of the best putters on the circuit and you’d fancy his first win to come in a birdie-fest. He won the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Championship with a -23 total.
Maverick McNealy (60/1) is another magnificent putter and he seems to thrive on shorter courses. He was 2nd in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am last year, then 4th in the Heritage. He is a two-time PGA Tour runner-up who is certain to shed his maiden tag at some stage.
A former world number one amateur, McNealy has played all his best golf on courses with poa annua greens – Pebble Beach, Silverado, Riviera and Torrey Pines. He gets his favourite surface again this week.
Like Patrick Cantlay, Mackenzie Hughes (70/1) can boast a round of 60 at this track and also has a 64 to his name here.
He was third at the Travelers in 2020 and he’s another one with a putting stroke to die for. He was 28th in the Canadian Open and 24th in the US Open most recently – he can build on those at Cromwell.
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