2020 Travelers Championship: Another Stacked Field

Brooks Koepka

The 2020 Travelers Championship was set to host the top 5 players in the world for the third consecutive week since golf’s return from quarantine. However, Covid-19 had other plans. Brooks Koepka, the number 4 player in the world, withdrew from the 2020 Travelers Championship amid news his caddy tested positive for Covid-19. Like many others this week, I was planning on filling my pockets this weekend by placing multiple bets on Brooks, as he was my favorite to win. Koepka’s absence, however, will not stop us from doing what we do best. Winning! Here we go, let’s see what we’ve got.

Going Big

This week I am sticking to big names with even bigger power. With the absence of Koepka, the clear choice this week is Bryson Dechambeau. Since returning from quarantine, Bryson is an absolute machine on the course. At (+1000) odds to win, he doesn’t give you the most bang for your buck but rest assured that it is a good bet! Bryson finished in the top 10 in his last 5 starts, 4 of which were top 5 finishes. I predict Bryson’s meal plan is just too much for the competition this week. With that said, there are more big names we will all have our eye on this week.

Last week, I was not very optimistic about Justin Thomas or Rory Mcilroy but the tides have changed. Justin Thomas, the number 3 player in the world, leads the PGA Tour in top 10 finishes this season and has already won twice! Coming off of 2 top 10 finishes since play resumed, expect Justin Thomas to continue his excellent play. Mcilroy, number 1 player in the world, on the other hand, has struggled the past 2 weeks but looked sharp on the weekend at the RBC Heritage event last week. If Mcilroy is in a tournament and not playing with his eyes closed, he must be accounted for. Similarly to Dechambeau, Thomas and Mcilroy have high odds to win but you cannot go wrong with either one this week. I expect all 3 players to play well and be in contention this weekend.

2020 Travelers Championship: Who Else?

Now I could have certainly put Justin Rose in the prior category, but after a lackluster opening round and Rose finishing T-14th, I simply don’t see him winning this week. But this is Justin Rose we are talking about here. As one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour, Rose will bounce back and compete this week. I undoubtedly expect a top 10 or top 5 finish, and who knows maybe he can squeak out a “W” in this one.

On deck is this weeks trending player, Abraham Ancer, and yes I do think Ancer is the answer. Who saw that one coming? Playing extremely well, Ancer finished in 2nd last week and has finished in the top 5 here at TPC River Highlands in the past. At (+2800), Ancer could give you a sizable payday.

Other players to keep your eye on, and maybe your checkbook too, would be: Sergio Garcia (+4500) who finished T-5 last week, Bubba Watson (+2800) 3 time winner of the Travelers Championship, and Joaquin Niemann (+3000) who has played well here in the past and is also playing well now. A top 5 finish by these guys would not be surprising one bit.

My Picks:

To Win

  • Bryson Dechambeau +1000
  • Justin Thomas +1100
  • Abraham Ancer +2800
  • Justin Rose +2500

Top 5

  • Rory Mcilroy +275
  • Justin Rose +550
  • Bubba Watson +650
  • Sergio Garcia +900
  • Joaquin Niemann +750

Top 10

  • Patrick Cantlay +250
  • Tony Finau +450
  • Keegan Bradley +800
  • Chez Reavie +1000

Longshot to Win

  • Kevin Tway +25000

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