Best Bets at the 2022 Travelers Championship
The major that is traditionally the toughest of the four lived up to its billing last week. The US Open was extremely difficult for the best golfers in the world, as less than 10 players finished under par. We will see much lower scores at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut this week though despite this course being a par 70 for the Travelers Championship. TPC River Highlands is less than 7,000 yards in total, so big hitters will be able to set themselves up for plenty of birdie opportunities.
Rory McIlroy is the favorite by the golf betting odds ahead of this event at 9-1 to win the Travelers Championship. McIlroy has yet to record a T10 finish in the Travelers Championship, but he finished 12th and 11th in his last two trips to TPC River Highlands. Defending champion Harris English will certainly see some action later in the week at odds of 110-1, but he is still playing his way back into shape after undergoing hip surgery four months ago.
Event: Travelers Championship
Category: PGA Tour
Date: June 23-26, 2022
Location: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
2021: Harris English -13
2020: Dustin Johnson -19
2019: Chez Reavie -17
2018: Bubba Watson -17
2017: Jordan Spieth -12
To emphasize the point that big hitters fare very well on this course, Bubba Watson has had more success here than any other golfer in five decades. Watson has won the Travelers Championship three times in his career, but he is not in the field this week after tearing the meniscus in his knee last month. Dustin Johnson would be among the favorites to win this year, but he left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf on a reported four-year contract worth $125 million.
TPC River Highlands is one of the shortest courses on the PGA Tour at 6,852 yards. We should see lower scores early in the week as rain is expected to soften the greens, and wind is not expected to play a major role in the proceedings. The rough on this course can be as much as four inches high, so big hitters can be punished if they are a little too loose with the driver.
Best Bet to Win the Travelers Championship: Sam Burns +1800
For the second straight week, we are backing Sam Burns to win a PGA Tour event. Burns finished T27 at the US Open last week, but he was one of a handful of golfers that was under par before a 76 on Sunday knocked him down the leaderboard. While he hasn’t fared very well in majors this season, Burns has been excellent in other PGA Tour events over the last three months. Burns won the Valspar Championship and Charles Schwab Challenge, and he came close to winning the Zurich Classic and RBC Canadian Open. He has the second-most FedEx Cup points, and Burns is ranked in the top 25 in driving distance and top 5 in greens in regulation.
Value Play to Win the Travelers Championship: Seamus Power +3500
Seamus Power isn’t one of the biggest drivers on the PGA Tour, but he has value at 35-1 because of his ability to get to the green. Power has been a little up and down this season, yet he has 10 T15 finishes this year. He finished T20 at TPC River Highlands last year, and he is worth a small play at this price.