The PGA TOUR travels to Cromwell, CT this week to the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. This tour stop consistently draws a strong field as the players hold it in very high regard. This week is not different even after moving into the stop immediately following the US Open.
One of the most significant story lines to follow this week is the pro debuts for the 2 top ranked amateurs in the world and Oklahoma State stand outs Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff.
TPC River Highlands is a course that does not really favor one particular style. Another reason why it is one of the tours best stops that’s not a major. I hope the information you read below will be helpful with your DraftKings golf picks. On with the show!
These statistics are key to success at TPC River Highlands
- Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Par 4 Scoring Average (There are 8 par 4 holes between 400-450 yards, those are all birdie chances)
- Birdies or Better %
Horses For The Course
- Bubba Watson – Defending champ has won here 3 times. Everyone
knows Bubba only plays well on tracks he likes so he’ll probably be in a lot of lineups this week. He is the all-time leading money winner at this event by over $2.1 million.
- Charley Hoffman – 26th or better in his four tries in the last five years. At $8,100 it’s a pretty good value pick so probably a lot of play on him as well.
- Brandt Snedeker – Always a favorite on short ballparks and poa annua greens. MC last year but 3 top 15s in the prior 4 additions.
- Paul Casey – Two runner-up finishes in last 4 years along with a T5 and T17. Only problem is, he can’t seem to get over the hump to win here. Does have a win earlier in the year at The Valspar lessening the concerns about his closing woes.
- Russell Henley – Has only played twice in the last 5 years. Finishes were T6 and T11 with only one round over par.
Top Tier Picks
- Justin Thomas ($9,800) – Admittedly, JT’s form has not been very good
since coming back from the wrist injury. He’s way too talented for that to last. He ranks inside the top 10 in the 4 key stats for The Travelers and for a player normally well into 6 digit salary great value. Taking JT will probably leave you enough salary for another top tier player.
- Jason Day ($10,000) – Top 20s in two of last three starts here. Right on the verge of putting four good rounds together.
- Tony Finau ($9,000) – Similar to Thomas, not in great form, but a Top 25 machine at Travelers. Ripped off four in a row from 2014-2017. Another really good value leaving you plenty of salary to add another top tier player.
Other Options: Patrick Cantlay ($11,300), Tommy Fleetwood ($10,000), Bryson DeChambeau ($9,200)
Mid Tier Picks
- Jason Kokrak ($8,300) – Riding current tour high of 23 straight cuts made. Ranks inside the top 33 in all four of key statistical categories.
- Keegan Bradley ($7,700) – 20th in SGT2G and 2nd in Strokes Gained:
Approach. Has made 8 straight cuts at the Travelers.
- Emiliano Grillo ($7,900) – 15th in SGT2G and 6th in Strokes Gained: Approach. Has made 17 of 18 cuts this season with 2 top 10s.
Other Options: Sungjae Im ($7,800), Russell Knox ($7,700) Lucas Glover ($7,500)
Low Tier Picks
- Troy Merritt ($7,100) – Finished T8 at the Travelers in 2017 and has 2
top 20s in his last 4 starts. 19th on tour in Birdie or Better %. Has made 9 of 12 cuts with 2 top 10s during the wrap around season.
- Beau Hossler ($7,200) – Missed cut in last start at Memorial but had made 4 straight previously. T2 last year and is 2/2 in cuts made here.
Other Options: Cam Smith ($7,200), Nick Taylor ($6,900), Harris English ($7,00)
These aren’t just value picks, these are guys that could make a run and finish high on the leader board.
- Danny Lee ($7,500)
- Aaron Baddeley ($7,000)
- Anirban Lahiri ($6,900)
- Sebastion Munoz ($7,200)
- Jose de Jesus Rodriguez ($6,300)
The Golf Geek’s Picks
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