From late June to early August, the Travelers Championship has been moved. The Olympics are doing that. The 2016 PGA Tour season is unlike any season we’ve seen in recent years, and the games in Rio are only a week away.
But before we get there, we need to talk about the Tour heading to Connecticut at the TPC River Highlands.
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Last 5 Champs
This Week’s Picks– Travelers Championship
Two From the Fairway (Contenders)
He’s played here every season since 2008 and he’s never missed the cut. As far as horses for the courses, Stroud could be the sneakiest of them all this week.
In the last 5 times back to the Travelers, the Trump retweeter has logged 4 top-20 finishes and almost won here in 2013. He’s not in the type of form to make you beam, but he’s successful made the weekend in each of his last two starts. He’s currently ranked 131 in the FedEx Cup rankings, and needs to start cashing some checks to see his status grow and be around for the playoffs. He has the incentive this week to play really well and he’s done it here repeatedly in the past. I’m taking Stroud this week.
Watson has to be viewed as the indubitable favorite this week. The world’s 6th-ranked player has a resume here that’s second to none. Six different occasions inside the top-15 since 2008 and his win in 2010 for his first PGA Tour victory (he also won last year).
This course fits Bubba and his eye wonderfully, and when a course fits Bubba’s eye, get out of the way. His event at the PGA was generally underwhelming last week at Baltusrol, but four rounds of golf with solid play indicate that Bubba isn’t in at least horrible form. And since we’re coming to one of his favorite events, he’s a player you have to consider to bomb it all over Connecticut.
I’m looking strongly in Watson’s direction this week.
One From the Rough (Sleeper)
A player in good form with a solid past at the Travelers, and Martin Laird earns his first mention of 2016 on PGA Tour previews on USGolfTV.
In Laird’s last 4 starts (over the course of 6 weeks), he’s produced 3 top-25 finishes, two of which were top-10s. His play at the Canadian Open in his last start almost crowned him as Canada’s national champion. Last year at TPC River Highlands, Laird finished with three straight rounds of 67 and ended in a T15.
In 2016, Laird’s been losing strokes off the tee, but recently has been driving the ball much better. Laird’s solid play continues this week in the form of a nice, clean top-25.
The Man with the Trophy
His 2016 season has been… well, uneventful. Ranked 61st in the world, Moore’s play since the spring has been lackluster.
Sounds to me like the perfect time to make a Jimmy Walker type pick!
Now, I’ve already indicated that Watson and Stroud have played well at this course, but when talking about River Highlands gems, you can’t talk long without considering Ryan Moore. Since 2006, Ryan Moore has been in the top-10 here 5 different times. He’s only missed the cut here once over the course of the past decade.
Moore’s game hasn’t been stellar, but statistically, he’s been okay. He’s been putting the ball well all year. He plays par-4s of moderate length well (there are loads of them at TPC River Highlands) and has been absent from golf relevance for the better part of 5 months.
He gets back in a big way this week.