Travelers Championship Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 20th June 2019

Gary Woodland was a very welcome winner of the US Open at Pebble Beach. Woodland is incredibly popular amongst his fellow professionals but even those who were happiest for him will have felt a pang of jealousy as it wasn’t them reigning supreme. That will only add fuel to the fire of those golfers, some of whom have made the trip from California to Connecticut for this week’s Travelers Championship.

Justin Thomas is one of those who publicly congratulated Woodland and who has flown cross country from Pebble Beach. He refused to be negative after a poor week by his own high standards at the US Open and could get right back on the horse by following a missed cut with a win at TPC River Highlands.

Top Tips

Justin Thomas @ 18/1

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Course Info

TPC River Highlands is one of the more scoreable courses used by the PGA Tour. At just 6,844 yards from the back tees, this par 70 gives chances to longer and shorter hitters alike which is similar to Pebble Beach. The look and feel of the two courses could hardly be any different.

With tree-lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers many of which were moved in 2015 and greens that are a mixture of Poa Annua and Bentgrass, this is a fairly typical upstate course. Bombers and plodders alike can shoot good scores here but only if they hit high class approach shots into the tricky greens.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
TPC River Highlands Cromwell, Connecticut 6,844 Yards $7,200,000

Recent Winners

If you needed any proof that TPC River Highlands is a fair course that rewards any style of golfer as long as they play well enough, you only need look at the list of recent winners. Bubba Watson claimed his third win in this event last year thanks to some typically big hitting and excellent putting. Jordan Spieth and Russell Knox did things very differently, maximising their approach play and skills on and around the greens.

YearWinnerTo ParWinning Margin
2018 Bubba Watson -17 3 Strokes
2017 Jordan Spieth -12 Playoff
2016 Russell Knox -14 1 Stroke
2015 Bubba Watson -16 Playoff
2014 Kevin Streelman -15 1 Stroke

Analysis: Putting the Key Statistic

The reason that power, or a lack of it, is not a major consideration for winning the Travelers Championship is because putting is the key statistic and it’s a great leveller. The winner will need to rank well for putts per green in regulation but there is more than one way of doing that. Of course, holing putts from all over the greens is the most obvious way but the other way is by players ranking well for proximity to the hole with approach their approach play.

Thomas to Put Last Week Behind Him

Justin Thomas was one of the most notable players to miss the cut at the US Open. He said afterwards on Twitter that he actually felt as though his best golf is just around the corner and it could be that he plays to his usually high standards at TPC River Highlands, a course that he loves.

Thomas’s results at the Travelers Championship have actually been rather mixed. When it goes right for him though he has challenged which is what happened in 2016. Having the weekend off wasn’t ideal but it could be good preparation as it gave him the chance to rest the wrist injury that kept him out of the PGA Championship.

He’ll need to putt better this week than he has done for much of the season but Thomas’s long term form with his approach play and total game from tee to green suggests he is ready to contend. Thomas is a steely competitor when in contention so is worthy of support at 20/1 with BetVictor.

Hoffman to Challenge Again

Like Justin Thomas, Charley Hoffman found himself with last weekend off. His missed cut at the US Open gave him the chance to have a couple of days to work on his game before heading east to Connecticut and he’ll be fresher than many of the leading contenders. That gives him an extra edge at a course at which he already has good memories with three top 10 finishes in the bank.

Hoffman has also played some very good golf this season so looks too big to ignore in the betting at a best price of 70/1 with Betfair. He’ll have to lean heavily on his ball striking and wedge play which are usually rock solid elements of his game as he can be hot and cold with his putter. The greens at TPC River Highlands do tend to suit his eye though so Hoffman does have the tools for the job at a generous price.

Final Verdict: Justin Thomas to Win

Justin Thomas is very much among the golfing elite. He is good enough to compete in every single event in which he tees it up providing he is fit and has his best game. Fitness is no longer an issue with those wrist problems in the past whilst he is very close to his best stuff so he could just show the field a clean pair of heels this week at 18/1 with BetVictor.

About

The Travellers Championship is not only a big hit on the PGA Tour with professionals, but also with the fans. In fact, only the Waste Management Phoenix Open gets more players through the doors over the course of a week than the Travellers. Numbers in 2017 were actually a record, with 290,000 in attendance over the week.

The tournament is held at TPC River Highlands, which is based just outside of Cromwell, Connecticut. It's been here for a good part of its life, since it first started back in 1952. The course was actually purchased by the PGA Tour and totally redesigned to accommodate a new direction of courses and clubs that were in rotation at the time.

The course is actually pretty unique in that it's one of the shortest that are on tour at the minute. It measures just 6,844 yards in total, which gives a unique challenge to players who are used to courses in excess of 7,200 on a regular basis. As a result, you often get a fairly wide range of player styles that win it, from long bombers who just take it bits, to short iron specialists that are able to attack flags with shorter irons than usual.

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