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2020 PGA Betting Picks: Travelers Championship

2020 PGA Betting Picks: Travelers Championship

The 2020 PGA Tour continues this week as we head to TPC River Highlands in Connecticut for the annual Travelers Championship! As usual, we have a full preview and betting tips for the event below! 

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Travelers Championship Betting Picks

It was a solid weekend for TSP golf followers at the RBC Heritage last weekend as three of our picks in Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter all had strong finishes. However, it was veteran Webb Simpson who came out on top, winning his 2nd title of the season and jumping to 1st in the FedEx Cup standings. 

FedEx Cup points are starting to become paramount with just over a month and a half until the playoffs get underway. With the shortened season, players will have limited opportunities to earn points, which is why we will see yet another stacked field for the Travelers Championship this week. 

the field

The Field

Nine of the top 10 ranked players in the world will be in action at the Travelers this weekend, with only Australian Adam Scott set to miss from that list. No.9 ranked player Patrick Cantlay will make return to the PGA Tour this weekend after missing both the Charles Schwab and RBC. 

If there is one positive to come out of the COVID-19 PGA Tour hiatus, is that we are seeing major caliber fields in nearly every tournament as players scramble to earn FedExCup points before the playoffs in August. 

One glaring omission from the tournament this week is of course, Tiger Woods. The GOAT has been rumoured to play all three events since the season resume, however, we seem no closer to seeing him back in action as he will once again sit this week. 

Some of the key players who will be teeing it up this week include:

Top Ranked Players:
1. R.McIlroy
2. J.Rahm
3. J.Thomas
4. B.Koepka
5. W.Simpson
6. D.Johnson
7. P.Reed
9. P.Cantlay
10. X.Schauffele
11. B.DeChambeau

Top FedEx Cup:
1. W.Simpson
2. J.Thomas
3. S.Im
4. R.McIlroy
5. P.Reed
6. B.Todd
7. D.Berger
8. M.Leishman
9. S.Munoz
10. L.Griffin

Past Winners:
2019: C.Reavie
2018: B.Watson
2017: J.Spieth
2016: R.Knox
2014: K. Streelman
2012: M.Leishman
2008: S.Cink
2007: H.Mahan
2006: J.J. Henry
2002: P.Mickleson

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The Course

Course: TPC at River Highlands
Location: Cromwell, Connecticut
Designed By: Robert J. Ross, Maurice Kearney, Pete Dye, Bobby Weed
Par: 70
Length: 6,841 Yards
Slope Rating: 131

TPC River Highlands is an interesting little course, with the emphasis here being on the world little. At just over 6,800 yards as a Par 70, the Connecticut course is one of the shortest on tour and offers no real advantage for the longer players off the tee. 

Being dialed in with the scoring irons and the short stick is an absolute must at TPC River Highlands. It is one of the easier courses on tour so players must take advantage of that and go low if they want to compete. A score of 17 under par has won the event two years in a row but with the quality of the field this week, we expect it could well be somewhere in the 20s. 

The course is highlighted by a three hole stretch from holes 15-17 aptly named the ‘Golden Triangle’. Tournaments can be won or lost over this stretch of holes, which includes a drive-able Par 4 followed by two holes with water in play. 

There is no better representation of the scoring potential that TPC at River Highlands possesses than the historic 58 that veteran Jim Furyk shot at the age of 46. 

PGA Tour power rankings

Power Rankings

The Total Sports Picks power rankings are culminated from a variety of factors including form in the lead up to the tournament, overall potential at TPC River Highlands and past performances at the course. 

1 - Justin Thomas

Was a toss up for the No.1 spot on the power rankings between Thomas and DeChambeau here but Thomas just gets the nod for his added pure scoring ability which could come into play at TPC River Highlands. Thomas has been fantastic since the season resumed, recording a T10 finish at the Charles Schwab followed by a T8 finish at the RBC. 

Lacks the success at TPC River Highlands of some of his counterparts but still boasts a 3rd place finish at the Travelers back in 2016. 

2 - Bryson DeChambeau

If Justin Thomas hasn’t been the most outstanding golfer since the season resumed, than Bryson DeChambeau has been. The 26-year-old has completely transformed his body and is now hitting the ball further than anyone on tour. While that won’t neccessarily come into play this weekend as much, his scoring has still been outstanding, finishing 3rd at the Charles Scwab and 8th at the RBC on the weekend. 

Has also finished in the top 10 in both of his last two trips to TPC at River Highlands, finishing 9th in 2018 and 8th in 2019. 

3 - Rory McIlroy

A casual observer couldn’t be blamed if they think McIlroy hasnt been performing since the season returned. The Northern Irishman finished 32nd at the Charles Schwab before barely making the cut to finish 41st at the RBC. The fact of the matter, however, is that both of McIlroy’s tournaments have been derailed by one bad round. Of the eight rounds he has played, six of them have been under par and you have to have some faith in the No.1 ranked player in the world to put it all together sooner rather than later. 

McIlroy has only made two trips to TPC at River Highlands in the past decade, finishing 17th in 2017 and 12th in 2018. 

4 - Webb Simpson

As boring of a golfer as we think Webb Simpson is, it’s hard not to like his form at the moment, particularly with the short stick. He put on an absolute clinic with the putter on Sunday to claim his 7th title and second of the season, moving to first overall on the FedExCup standings. His putting could well prove to be a big factor again this week, where scoring will be at a premium. 

Hasn’t set the world alight at River Highlands in the past, accumulating just two top 10 finishes in nine trips since 2008. 

5 - Bubba Watson

He might be the 47th ranked player in the world, but Bubba Watson has proved to be the king of TPC at River Highlands over the course of his career. He has competed in the Travelers Championship 13 times, combining for three wins and a further three top 10 finishes. His wins came in 2010, 2015 and 2018. 

he is also bringing some form into the the tournament after finishing T7 at the Charles Schwab and shooting a very impressive 65 on Sunday at the RBC to finish T52. 

Best Bet

Can’t get enough of Justin Thomas this week. The 27-year-old seems to have fully recovered from the injuries that hampered him last season and looks back to his best. Two top 10s already since the resumption of the season to back up two PGA Tour victories before it was suspended has him sitting 2nd behind only Simpson in the FedExCup standings and there is no doubt he’ll be pushing hard for another strong finish to jump up into 1st this by weeks end. 

Double your money this weekend with a bet on JT to finish in the Top 10. 

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