Fresh off his near miss for a three-peat at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka heads a strong field and is one of a number of players making the trek across the country for this week’s PGA Tour Travelers Championship, taking place at TPC River Highlands just outside of Hartford, Connecticut. Bubba Watson returns as defending champion and has two of his three titles at this event in the last four years. Not many have tamed the layout in suburban Cromwell, but Watson certainly has. There are a number of intriguing matchups available to wager on at BookMaker.eu. Here is the list.
Travelers Championship Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Andrew Putnam -125 vs. Cameron Smith +105
Bud Cauley -120 vs. C.T. Pan +100
Charley Hoffman -105 vs. Byeong Hun An -115
Justin Thomas -105 vs. Jason Day -115
Sungjae Im -125 vs. Joaquin Niemann +105
Marc Leishman -115 vs. Tony Finau -105
Keegan Bradley -110 vs. Kevin Kisner -110
Brian Harman +110 vs. Russell Henley -130
Lucas Glover -135 vs. Sung Kang +115
Jason Kokrak -120 vs. Adam Hadwin +100
Kevin Streelman +110 vs. Chez Reavie -130
Brandt Snedeker -105 vs. Patrick Reed -115
Francesco Molinari -115 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -105
Ryan Moore -105 vs. Russell Knox -115
Patrick Cantlay -185 vs. Jordan Spieth +160
Brooks Koepka -115 vs. Patrick Cantlay -105
Viktor Hovland -110 vs. Daniel Berger -110
Justin Thomas +105 vs. Paul Casey -125
Brooks Koepka -215 vs. Jordan Spieth +178
Louis Oosthuizen -115 vs. Bubba Watson -105
Paul Casey -110 vs. Jason Day -110
Phil Mickelson +105 vs. Emiliano Grillo -125
Kevin Tway -140 vs. Matthew Wolff +120
Francesco Molinari -120 vs. Bryson DeChambeau +100
Bryson DeChambeau -105 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -115
Cameron Champ -110 vs. Dylan Frittelli -120
Harold Varner III -105 vs. Matt Jones -125
Martin Laird -120 vs. Peter Uihlein -110
Sepp Straka +120 vs. Troy Merritt -150
Kyoung-Hoon Lee -105 vs. Sam Burns -125
Brendan Steele +105 vs. Cameron Tringale -135
Denny McCarthy -135 vs. Harris English +105
J.T. Poston -125 vs. Jonas Blixt -105
Nick Taylor -125 vs. Scott Stallings -105
Trey Mullinax -120 vs. Scott Brown -110
Adam Long +105 vs. Adam Schenk -135
Danny Lee -135 vs. Si Woo Kim +105
Austin Cook -140 vs. Beau Hossler +110
Chesson Hadley +105 vs. Collin Morikawa -135
J.B. Holmes -110 vs. Kiradech Aphibarnrat -120
Need to Know
TPC River Highlands is a tidy course that measures at 6,841 yards and plays par 70. It’s hosted this event since 1984 and has undergone a few makeovers. A number of bunkers were removed in 2015 making scoring a bit easier. There are just two par-5s and both offer chances for players to make up ground. Those two typically play well under par. We’ve seen different styles succeed at River Highlands. Bombers like Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson have five titles between them. The distance evens the playing field and puts an emphasis on accuracy while bringing the entire bag into play. But if the flat stick is struggling you will be left behind. The stiffest test comes on holes 15-17, which play around a large body of water. Watson erased a six-shot deficit last year shooting a final round 63. The Tour’s only 58 was recorded on this track by Jim Furyk in 2016.
Travelers Championship Matchup Picks
Patrick Cantlay -105 vs. Brooks Koepka
This isn’t a major so I’m going to fade Koepka in this matchup. Besides, Cantlay is a victory waiting to happen. Both players competed at the U.S. Open last week and made the cross country trek. The difference is that Cantlay’s opening 73 put him behind the leaders, forcing him to play stress-free catch up. He made a strong move over the weekend shooting 4-under and his T21 was respectable. Koepka admits he struggles to get up for non-major events, and that has me leaning toward his opponent.
Bubba Watson -105 vs. Louis Oosthuizen
Recent form hasn’t been to his liking, but Watson feels invincible when he sets foot on River Highlands. His first PGA Tour victory was right here in 2010, so the place has special meaning to him. Oh, and there’s the epic comeback win last year, which happened to be his second in four years and third overall. There’s something about this place that brings out the best in Watson, and I’m taking him in this matchup.
Phil Mickelson +105 vs. Emiliano Grillo
I’m not sure which Mickelson is going to show up this week. Can we see the one that ran away with the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February or the guy that’s missed four cuts in his last nine starts? Lefty must be feeling something about playing this week. He’s making his first appearance at the Travelers since 2003, which ended in a failed attempt to three-peat. Still, Mickelson is the only player to go back-to-back in this event and a return might get his swing ironed out. I’m betting on that with plus odds.
Kevin Streelman +110 vs. Chez Reavie
Streelman’s game is ripe for a low score at River Highlands and he’s another plus-odds pick I’m favoring. Greens in regulation will be an important stat and Streelman has the numbers. Only Koepka has better GIR figures over the last few months, and that’s decent company to be among. Also, Streelman has had success here in the past with a win in 2014 and three other top-10s.
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