We just missed out on making eight times our money when Brooks Koepka fell short of another U.S. Open title. No reason to hold our heads, as we make our first and only trip to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. A wide open field with many guys taking the week off, there’s plenty of value out there.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Patrick Cantlay, +1000 - Patrick Cantlay followed up his win at the Memorial with a top-25 finish at the U.S. Open and now has 14 straight top-25 finishes whenever he makes the cut. Cantlay finished 15th at the Travelers Championship last year and had a top-25 finish in 2011 thanks to a 60 as a 19-year-old amateur. Cantlay has some of his earliest memories at TPC at River Highlands and his current form suggests he can snag a victory here this week.
Paul Casey, +2000 - Paul Casey has been up and down these last couple of months and has been very tough to figure out. The good news is Casey is coming off a top-25 finish at the U.S. Open and has a great deal of success in Connecticut. Casey is a two-time runner-up at the Travelers Championship and is averaging a 6.5 finish in his four appearances here overall. Casey has just two rounds where he’s finished over par in TPC at River Highlands. There’s too much history here to turn down these odds.
Tommy Fleetwood, +2800 - Tommy Fleetwood is coming off a rough +6 showing at the U.S. Open, easily his worst showing of the year. Fleetwood will now make his debut at the Travelers Championship. While those two things probably don’t inspire much confidence, Fleetwood is one of the more accurate players off the tee in this field and has been knocking on the door to his first PGA victory for quite some time. Fleetwood will have a bounce back performance this week.
Bubba Watson, +4000 - There’s no doubt that Bubba Watson has seen better days, as he’s missed the cut in two of his last three events and hasn’t had a top-25 finish since the Masters. There’s still value here when you consider Watson has won this tournament three times, including last year and was a runner-up in 2012. In 12 starts, Watson has finished sixth or better in seven of his trips at the Travelers Championship. The only golfer to win this tournament more was Billy Casper. Nobody in this current field has the success at TPC at River Highlands like Watson, and it’s not even close.
Brooks Koepka, +600 - Brooks Koepka caught fire in the last round of the U.S. Open and it looked like he was going to claim another major down the stretch. If Koepka is able to take any of that momentum into this week, he should cruise to a victory in this tournament. Koepka has top-five finishes in four of his last six events and is averaging a 14th place finish in his last two trips at the Travelers Championship. Koepka is too hot right now to keep off your card.