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Travelers Championships 2022

Course & Location:

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT

Dates:

24 - 27 June 2022

Purse:

$8.3 million

Par:

70 / Yardage 6,843

Fairways:

Bentgrass

Greens:

Bentgrass/Poa Annua

Travelers Championships 2022 Videos

Travelers Championships 2022 Picks

Best Underdog Pick

Tyler Duncan
  • 2 top 15’s in his last 5 starts shows his game is close.
  • Made the cut every time at TPC River Highlands.
  • Gained strokes with approach play in 8 of his last 9 events.
  • His weakness is his putting but I’m willing to forgive that at such lucrative odds.
Odds 250/1 +25000

Best Favorite Pick

Harold Varner
  • One more go for Harold after his 13th for us 2 weeks back.
  • Loves Pete dye tracks, 3rd in approach play over the past 36 rounds on Dye Tracks.
  • Ranked 2ND Par 3 scoring no Dye tracks over the past t 36 rounds.
  • Ranked 8th in SG T2G on Dye tracks over the past 36 rounds.
Odds 55/1 +5500

Best Top 20 Pick

Christian Bezuidenhout
    • Ranked in the top 20% for Proximity to the hole from 125-175 yards, a high majority of shots from this range this week.
    • Ranked in the top 20% for Par scoring over the past 36 rounds on tour.
    • Ranked in the top 20% Par 4 scoring over the past 36 rounds on tour.
    • Consistently gains strokes putting vs the field, lots to like this week on a course that suits.
Odds 3/1 +300

First Round Leader Picks

Davis Riley
Odds 50/1 +5000

Alex Smalley
Odds 100/1 +10000

Travelers Championships 2022 Betting Strategies & Previews

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Fantasy Golf Players

One & Done – Best Outright

Keegan Bradley
  • Arrives on the back of a super finish at the US Open.
  • 2 top tens here previously.
  • Ranked 10th for SG Off The Tee, a huge factor here at TPC River Highlands.
  • Ranked 11th for SG Approach play over the past 36 rounds on courses under 7200 yards.
  • Gained strokes Off The Tee & Approach play in each of his last five events.
$10,800  

Salary Cap is $11k to $12k

Best Plays

Patrick Cantley

Justin Thomas

Sungjae Im

$11,600

$11,800

$11,000

Best Fades

Sam Burns

Tony Finau

$11,500

$11,200

Salary Cap is $9k to $11k

Best Plays

Harold Varner

David Riley

Keegan Bradley

$9,900

$10,600

$10,800

Best Fades

Aaron Wise

Brendon Steel

Cam Davis

$10,400

$9,500

$9,200

Sub $9k

Sleepers

Doug Ghim

CT Pan

$8,700

$8,700

Hidden Gems

Value Plays

Alex Smalley

Tyler Duncan

Adam Svensson

$8,100

$7,900

$7,700

Travelers Championships 2022 Overview

 

The US Open lived up to the hype last week in what a truly fascinating watch. This week the tour moves 2 hours up the road to TPC River Highlands, Bubba Watson’s backyard. He has the three victories here. However, don’t let that lead you to think this course is all about power and length. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. One of the significant challenges with this course is there is no particular type of skill set that the course favours. All types have players have won from Bubba, Chez Reavie, Jordan Speith and Freddie Jacobson.

 

The field this week is strong. This is clearly a stop on the tour that players like as much as the fans. This week should see the second biggest attendance in the golf calendar year behind only The Players. We have 5 of the world’s top 6 in attendance so let’s hope for another enthralling contest. Remember, 5 of the last 11 Travelers events have ended in playoffs. Expect more drama this week.

 

TPC River Highlands is a classic parkland golf course in the northeastern United States. The short nature of the course requires higher precision off the tee to fairways that aren’t tough to hit for players who concentrate on course management than the typical Pete Dye challenge with approach play.

 

The green complexes are a standard short Par 70 affair at 5,000 square feet. River Highlands is a second-shot course that requires precise approach play. Accurate drivers or players who consistently gain strokes off the tee box thrive, yet bombers may compete, as Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson demonstrate, neither of which you associate with accuracy but do consistently gain strokes off the tee week in and week out on tour. As I will come onto, ball striking is the aim of the game here at TPC River Highlands. Six holes feature approximately 70 bunkers, five water hazards, and plenty of doglegs for shaping shots. These lakes and ponds add to the beauty and architecture of the course, particularly the most famous segment of the course, a three-hole stretch from 15 to 17. The “Golden Triangle” is made up of these holes plus the adjacent four-acre lake.

 

 Let’s break down the critical skill sets required to lift the trophy this week and reveal those all-important outright picks. In these low-scoring tests putting will always play a significant part, so for those doing their own research, consider this when making your final picks, but the key things to consider are players who dominate off the tee and with iron in hand. That’s how this event is won and lost.

 

 

Key Skills Set Required

    1. SG T2G – High-quality ball strikers have success here at TPC River Highlands, Watson, Speith & DJ, to name just a few, in the last five years. T2G excellence is required here. There isn’t a stand-out stat from approach, around the green or putting here at River Highlands, and the course is an actual test of ball striking from T2G. A typical Pete Dye test.
    2. Proximity To Hole – 125-175Yards – This is a short course by PGA Tour standards, with lots of position play required off the tee. Players with the natural length of the tee are forced to lay up to certain parts of the fairways, meaning all players face seconds shots of similar length. There is a high majority of shots coming from the 125-175 yards distance, and we want players onside who are dialled in with their mid irons over recent weeks.
    3. Par 4 Scoring – Quite simply, to win this event, you must make lots of birdies, and you must dominate the Par 4’s. Players who contend here take advantage of one of the most straightforward courses on tour regarding Par 4 scoring.
    4. SG Around the green – TPC River Highlands is one the most challenging course on tour when it comes to getting up and down from around the green. It has ranked in the top 5 most demanding courses for SG around the green in 5 of the last six years. Even from the run-off areas, the course proves demanding around the green. Players with excellent short games can excel here.
    5. Birdies or Better – The data tells us you need to make plenty of birdies here at TPC River Highlands, at least 5 per round or over 20 from the four days of play. Let’s look for those aggressive golfers who look to attack the pins and have the ability to get up and down when naturally they miss a green or two.

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