The 2017 Travelers Championship

Travelers Championship: Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm (TPC at River Highlands) 

Television Broadcasts

Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

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Once again the Travelers Championship will be hosted by TPC River Highlands, which happens to be one of the shortest tracks on the PGA TOUR (6,841 yards).  It’s very much a different test to that experienced at Erin Hills and less rough for starters.  This is a great course and especially for  first time winners and records on tour. For example, very few people will remember that Russell Knox won last years Travelers Championship, but everyone will always remember Jim Furyk shooting the first and maybe the last round of 58 in PGA TOUR history! Like I said, this tournament is all about first timers and most likely it will be someone’s first win on tour or first win of  the year!

He’s won here twice in his career, and perhaps he’s finally starting to peek his head out of the depths of the past year. There’s no place for him to break the skid better than at the spot where he got his first PGA Tour win. This is, perhaps, Bubba’s favorite non-Augusta spot on Tour.

 After winning his first tournament at TPC Memphis, Berger came to the Travelers and lead by three entering the final round but lose the lead with 5 holes to play. He’s already defended one title successfully in 2017. Perhaps he will add his third career win in two seasons and make it three straight victories.

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Brandt Snedeker finished ninth in the US Open and has now finished 11th or better in two of his last four events. Snedeker has missed the cut just once since March and is 14th in birdie average. To like Snedeker even more this week is the fact he’s posted three straight top-25 finishes at the Travelers Championship and has finished 24th or better in four of his last five appearances overall.

In nine appearances since 2006 (he didn’t play last year), he has made eight cuts and racked up five Top-10 finishes. During that stretch, he’s second among all players in strokes gained at TPC River Highlands. Even though he has yet to capture a victory at the Travelers Championship, Moore has been better than anyone not named Bubba at this tournament.

This field is nowhere near as daunting as it was last weekend during the US Open, and yet he’s still +1200. One can make the argument that Thomas missed the cut at this tournament last year, but did shoot a 59 this year and he ranks highly in both driving distance  (23rd) and in strokes gained approaching the green (30th).

If you’d like to pick a winner at River Highlands, Ryan Moore is your best bet. He has the best results at this course without a victory, and is overdue for a win on the continental United States. Ryan Moore is your favorite going in to the Travelers this week.

Will’s Winner: Daniel Berger  +3300