The PGA Tour heads north to TPC River Highlands on Thursday morning, the long-time home of this year’s 67th annual Travelers Championship.
In the aftermath of a thrilling finish to the 2019 US Open, Brooks Koepka has been installed as the only single-digit chance in this year’s field.
Defending three-time champ Bubba Watson also returns at long odds, while there’s value to be had on Aussie Marc Leishman, who won this event back in 2012.
So, if you’re looking to build a bank ahead of next month’s Open Championship, be sure to check out our entire 2019 Travelers Championship Preview below.
2019 Travelers Championship Best Bet
Louis Oosthuizen – $34.00
Continues to go around at long odds despite last week’s dazzling T7 performance at Pebble Beach. Oosthuizen carded an opening round 66 to go along with 18 made birdie putts to finish -6 under, leading the way in strokes gained via putting. Like so many others, the South African is familiar with TPC Highlands having finished T17 during his trip to Connecticut back in 2016. With one of the best short games on Tour this year, the 36-year-old is well overdue for his second win.
2019 Travelers Championship Top 5 Finish
Paul Casey – $5.00
Fought hard for a T21 at Pebble Beach on Monday with a final round 67. Casey won’t spend too much time reflecting on what could have been at the US Open, but he will want revenge for last year’s blown four-shot lead at TPC Highlands to finish second behind winner Bubba Watson. The 18-year Tour veteran has three Top 5 finishes in four starts at the Travelers and has been among the best on Tour this year off the tee. After last year’s bitter disappointment – as well as his 2015 playoff loss to Watson – this could be 2019’s second-best redemption story not named Tiger Woods.
2019 Travelers Championship Top 10 Finish
Brooks Koepka – $1.67
Returns to TPC Highlands with a pair of Top 20 finishes in three starts at the Travelers. Koepka fought gallantly at Pebble Beach last week for outright second and just like every other course, he should be well suited to the back nine in Connecticut. The short turnaround could pose a few challenges but you’d be mad to back against a player that ranks Top 10 in the PGA’s tee-to-green rating. Holes 15-17 call for accuracy around a four-acre lake, so it’s worth backing the ever-accurate American to finish somewhere inside the Top 10 – even if the odds are short.
Bryson Dechambeau – $3.50
Bookended two lacklustre middle rounds with a pair of 69’s to open and close the US Open last week. Don’t be fooled by Dechambeau’s recent results though, he’s still a huge sleeper to watch in this tournament. The 25-year-old strung together back-to-back 66’s at TPC Highlands last year on the way to a T9 finish. Dechambeau has made the cut in all three starts he’s made at the Travelers and if he can find some form with the driver, he should find himself in the hunt. Dechambeau sunk 13 birdies and an eagle at Pebble Beach last week as his putting begins to heat up.
2019 Travelers Championship Top 20 Finish
Bubba Watson – $34.00
The three-time defending champ is massive overs at this price even after missing the cut at the US Open. Watson has been a mixed bag this year with a T4 at the Phoenix Open and the Valspar as well as a T12 at Augusta before missing the cut at the PGA Championship last month. You’d be foolish not to expect the 40-year-old to be in the hunt on the final day given just how familiar he is with this course.
2019 Travelers Championship Field
Patrick Cantlay – $11.00
This year’s Memorial Tournament winner got off to a slow start at Pebble Beach last week carding an opening round 73 on the way to a T21. Even so, Cantlay’s form this year makes him a dark horse in the field as he hopes to recapture the form that saw him tie for 15th last year. Course familiarity counts for a lot and Cantlay has certainly seen his fair share of results at TPC Highlands. The 27-year-old carded a brilliant second round 60 at the Travelers during his first year on Tour.
Jordan Spieth – $17.00
Spieth flirted with a comeback on day two at Pebble Beach only to fall well outside the Top 50 in the end. The good news is Spieth showed some encouraging signs that a bounce-back is right around the corner, and with a win at the Travelers back in 2017, he should feel right at home on this course. It’s been a rough year for Spieth so far with four finishes outside the Top 50 and a missed cut at The Players, but he looks well on the comeback trail. The long game needs some work, but at least Spieth’s putting game remains among the PGA’s best.
Justin Thomas – $17.00
Missed the cut for the second time this month at the US Open after carding back-to-back opening round 73’s. It feels like a lifetime ago Thomas finished second at the Genesis Open in February but we should see him return to form soon following a pesky wrist injury picked up at Augusta. Thomas tied for third at this event back in 2016 and if nothing else, his accuracy should keep him competitive this weekend. The 26-year-old ranks Top 10 in the PGA’s approach-the-green and tee-to-green ratings.
Francesco Molinari – $21.00
Molinari finally cracked the Top 20 at last week’s US Open after three-straight placings outside the Top 50 at the RBC Heritage, PGA Championship and Charles Schwab Challenge leading in. The Italian hasn’t played the Travelers since 2016 where he tied for 47th, but he’ll hold fond memories of his T25 on debut a year earlier. Molinari is always a chance at big tournaments like this but he continues to find problems off the tee. Strong form around the greens might be his only get out of jail card.
Jason Day – $23.00
Fell just short of the Top 20 at Pebble Beach last week despite a gutsy final round 69. It’s been the story of the season for Day, who last finished inside the Top 10 at Augusta back in April. Australians have enjoyed success at this tournament, and although he’s yet to win, Day owns two Top 20 finishes in his last three starts. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen him string together four consistent rounds of golf since before his back injury, so he’s probably worth leaving out.
Marc Leishman – $34.00
It’s been a big year on Tour for Australians with very little to show for it. That could come to an end this weekend as Leishman looks to join the likes of Phil Mickelson, Peter Jacobsen, Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink and Arnold Palmer as the sixth player to win two Travelers Championships. It’s been a while in between drinks for the 35-year-old having last won the BMW Championship in 2017. Even so, Leishman owns three Top 20 finishes at this event as he looks to recapture the form that saw him finish fifth at The Memorial three weeks ago.
Phil Mickelson – $51.00
Two-time Travelers winner returning to TPC for the first time since 2003. Mickelson somehow fell outside the Top 50 at Pebble Beach last week after two encouraging opening rounds, and although he’s been far from his best over the last six weeks, you can never discount lefty on a course he knows well.
Danny Lee – $101.00
The Aussies aren’t the only ones with a strong chance this weekend. Don’t let the odds fool you, New Zealander Danny Lee is fresh from a T20 at the Canadian Open a fortnight ago feeling well-rested as he hopes to once again finish inside the Top 20 at the Travelers for the third year running.
Aaron Baddeley – $151.00
The 38-year-old has turned up to the Travelers 13-times since he debuted in 2003, making the cut nine times and also finishing outright fourth in 2014. Baddeley missed the cut last year but he’s quietly put together some solid weekends this year, most notably a T2 at the Puerto Rico Open and a T7 at Corales. If he can continue to find form with his short game the Aussie could be a nice wild card play at long odds.