Skeeter is on his holidays so i’m taking the reins for a couple of weeks and first up is the Travelers Championship from TPC River Highlands, a 6,841 yard course with smallish greens and water on five holes.
This event traditionally follows the US Open but with the Olympics around the corner it has been moved to follow last week’s PGA Championship. Players going well at the US Open have had a terrible record in this event which is little surprise given the two events present vastly different tests, and the PGA last week and this event should be no different, in that they are very different.
This is generally a birdie fest and Bubba has won twice and finished 2nd in the past six years. Bubba’s record should not put us off the shorter hitters however with Freddie Jacobson and Kevin Streelman also recent winners.
The winning score will be in the region of -20 so we need to look for players that can make a birdie or six in each of the four rounds. It goes without saying that they need to have the putter working.
This is also an event that has a tradition of giving players their first PGA Tour win.
First up we have Martin Laird who was 15th in this last year and has looked like he’s ready to win again over the last few weeks with a 2nd place and a 7th placed finish in his last three starts. He often goes well in the weaker PGA Tour events.
One for Skeeter here as we go with fully fledged God Squad member, Aaron Baddeley. Badds won without the burden of our cash on his back a few weeks ago and he backed up that win with a very solid performance at Baltrusol where he drove the ball well again which is key for him. He was 38th in driving accuracy and 31st in driving distance. If he repeats those numbers this week and puts in his usual display of putting he could well be in the mix again.
John Senden is coming off a top 20 finish at the PGA, can get streaky with the birdies and was 9th in strokes gained putting at Baltrusol. Senden is the opposite type of player to his compatriot Baddeley. His game is based on brilliant ball striking so if he can keep the flat stick working I like his chances much more than the bookies do this week.
Last but not least we have Bryson De Chambeau. He’s 100/1 and has only played once in the last month when he missed the cut. Not much more to say about him other than if you follow him at triple figure odds in weak events you should not go too far wrong! He is also a first time winner waiting to happen.