The US PGA championship certainly glued most of us to our TV’s over the weekend, as Jimmy Walker bagged himself 1st place at a wet & tricky Baltusrol, this win being by far the greatest of his 6 tour wins in just the last 36 months.
We now turn our attention to the Travelers Championship this week being played at River Highlands golf club in Connecticut. The traditional Eastern parkland course was designed originally in 1928 by Robert J. Ross, followed by renovations in 1982 by Peter Dye and Bobby Weed in 1989. The par 70 course is one of the shortest played on tour, measuring only 6841 yards with only 5 water hazards scattered around the course. River Highlands statistically is one of the easiest courses on the PGA tour, especially as its par 4 birdies or better conversion rate is greater than the majority of other PGA courses.
First impressions suggest to lump on Bubba as he hosts an incredibly impressive record at this event. He currently holds the title for this tournament after beating Paul Casey in a playoff hole last year, while he also won the title in 2010. The clear favourite is currently being backed at 14/1, and despite how hard it is to look past the left handed genius, there are certainly others in the field looking to pinch his title. 8 of the top 20 players in the world will be competing, making this tournament anyone’s guess as to who will be victorious come Sunday.
River highlands is known for its lightning fast greens & endless amount of birdie opportunities throughout the course.
We’re expecting low scores, lots of 3 putts & nerves of steel to conquer the notorious stretch in. Just in case you’re unaware of why the stretch in is regularly referred to as the breaking point, take a look at the risk & reward 15th hole and you’ll see why!
Branden Grace 18/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £245.00
Branden will be looking to build on his recent good form after finishing T4th in the US PGA Open just last week, putting together 4 solid rounds and at one point, looking to take the lead during his impressive final round. So far this year he has finished in the top ten in 7/12 events, including winning the Qatar Open & T5 during The US Open. Although by no means the longest on tour, we’re predicting Grace to post some good numbers and with all this knocking on the door this year with only 1 win under his belt, it’s only a matter of time being Grace is back at the top again. Sporting some great iron play and solid putting statistics, the world #10 will certainly be fancying his chances this week in Connecticut.
Paul Casey 28/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £370.00
Some may feel Casey’s odds are a little shy of what they may have hoped, however making it to the play off the previous year and 4 solid rounds for a T10 finish in the US PGA last week begs to differ. Although Casey’s form this year has been hit and miss, we mustn’t forget this course suits his aggressive style and with forearms bigger than Popeye, Casey will be looking to make short work of the 6,800 yard track. After playing his university golf in the US, Casey knows what it takes to post low rounds on these ‘pin seeking’ courses, as he proved at The Masters with a T4 finish back in April. Let’s hope Popeye takes his spinach & goes deep!
JB Holmes 40/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £520.00
So we may have backed JB last week slightly prematurely and after he hacked round an opening round of 75 you’re probably questioning why our money’s on him again. Holmes has taken home 3 respectable pay cheques out of his last 4 outings at River Highlands, including an unbelievable 62 in 2012 during the 2nd round. Holmes is looking to impress as he’s right in the mix for a Ryder Cup spot, and with a 6th place finish at Torrey Pines, 6th at TPC Scottsdale, 4th at Augusta, 4th at Muirfield and 3rd at Royal Troon this season Holmes will certainly not be holding back as he looks to secure his place representing his country against Europe.
Webb Simpson 40/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £520
Simpson isn’t the first name that shouts out winner when you first hear his name. But then again, neither was Jimmy Walker last week. Simpson struggled last year with his putting proving to be his downfall as the new ruling was introduced for the belly putter, however this season he has already improved his tour putting ranking as he now sits inside the top 50, 100 places better than last year.
His last visit to Travelers in 2013 saw Simpson finish an impressive 5th place, while he has never missed a cut there in all 6 visits to the tournament, including posting a 65 round on four occasions.
All 4 of Webb Simpson’s wins have come on Bentgrass surfaces, and bearing this in mind, would you bet against him?!
Kevin Chappell 66/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £422.50
Chappell is currently sitting pretty in 10th place in the FedEx Cup standings. He has practically done everything this season without winning a tournament, including three runner up spots. Sitting at a generous 66/1 with Ladbrokes and also offering 7 places on the E/W, it seems foolish not to be backing Chappell. With a win within throwing distance for Kevin it seems, we’re hoping he prevails and claims the trophy he rightfully deserves this week at The Travelers.
Kyle Reifers 125/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £791.25
888.sport are offering a HUGE 125/1 for Kyle, with most betting sites offering him around 70/1. The long priced golfer has had a fantastic season so far, with an excellent showing last week at The PGA with a under par T22 finish. This season has seen 5 top 10 finishes for Kyle, and with Kyle arguably holding the record for the largest shirt logos in golfing history with his ‘Chef’s Cut Real Jerky’ on his right breast, can you really avoid an each way bet on the Jerky man?! His G.I.R stats are in the top 25 on the PGA tour, and with River Highland’s being very much a pin seekers course, backing Reifers at 125/1 seems a no brainer.