A dramatic finish at the 122nd U.S. Open saw Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick narrowly come away victorious at the third major championship of the year.
Edging out major championship stalwart Will Zalatoris and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler by a single stroke at the Country Club, Fitzpatrick now shares some exclusive company, joining Jack Nicklaus as the only players to ever win the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open at the same venue.
While Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris will not be in the field this week at the Travelers Championship, Scottie Scheffler, a four-time winner this season, is set to make the short trip from Massachusetts to Connecticut.
After taking a back seat to Rory McIlroy on the oddsboard at the U.S. Open, the two now share the honors of being favorites at TPC River Highlands.
Both may have experienced some disappointment at the Country Club but will look to shed any of it this week as the culmination of the PGA Tour season is quickly approaching.
Scheffler and McIlroy are listed at +1000 at Bovada. Not far behind are a number of big names including PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas at +1200, reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay at +1400 and Sam Burns, a three-time winner this season, at +1800.
According to our odds calculator, the two favorites have a 9.09 percent chance to enter the winner’s circle this week in New England. This will be only Scheffler’s third start at the Travelers Championship and he has yet to collect a top-40 finish in his prior two.
McIlroy, meanwhile, is making his fourth appearance at the Travelers and his first since 2020. He has finishes of T-17, T-12 and T-11 in his previous trips to the tournament.
2022 Travelers Championship Odds: Who Is Favored?
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Betting odds as of June 21 at Bovada
2022 Travelers Championship Picks
Patrick Cantlay To Win +1400
It was not the U.S. Open we had envisioned for Cantlay but his effort in Boston marked yet another made cut in the national championship. Now a perfect 7-for-7, the Californian finished in a tie for 14th, his best career finish in the event. He now turns his attention to the Travelers Championship venue where as an amateur he shot a 60 in the opening round in 2011.
Since then, he has finishes of T-15, T-15, T-11 and T-13 in his last four strolls around TPC River Highlands. He comes into this year’s tournament slightly under the radar as he has not won an individual stroke play event in 2022.
However, he has been about as close as anyone to winning multiple times on the season. Twice a playoff loser and finishing inside the top five at the Tournament of Champions and the Memorial Tournament, he has been just a bounce here or there from entering the winner’s circle.
Given his comfort level around this place and the form he currently possesses, Cantlay should have a fantastic opportunity to contend at the 2022 Travelers Championship.
Keegan Bradley To Win +3300
The New Englander was a fan favorite in Boston and should be again as the PGA Tour travels just over an hour to Cromwell, Connecticut. What Bradley is doing this season is very much underrated for whatever reason as he continues to put his name on the first page of the leaderboard at these more difficult events where the best players in the world show up.
He finished fifth at the Players Championship, runner-up at the Wells Fargo Championship and just last week finished seventh at the U.S. Open. He posted +2.75 strokes gained approach per round at the Country Club while narrowly gaining strokes with the putter in hand.
If the putter continues to cooperate as it has for most of 2022, he should like his chances at TPC River Highlands. He has missed his last two cuts at this venue, but before that he had made nine consecutive cuts and captured a runner-up result in 2019.
Mito Pereira To Win +4000
The heartbreak kid from the PGA Championship was a surprise missed cut at the U.S. Open. Despite missing the weekend, Pereira posted +0.37 strokes gained approach per round and more importantly +1.06 strokes gained putting.
Before this hiccup, Pereira had captured results of T-13, T-7 and T-3. He has simply been unbelievable in 2022 and if there was a course suited for his first victory on the PGA Tour, it is TPC River Highlands, which requires a complete game from competitors.
He has now gained strokes on the field in five straight starts. The young Chilean’s poor performance at the U.S. Open gives us an opportunity to buy low on him this week as +5000 is too long for a player of his talent level.
Brian Harman To Win +4000
There are few golf courses each season where a player like Harman can contend and TPC River Highlands, designed by acclaimed golf architect Pete Dye, is one of them. The former Georgia Bulldog has made his living dominating these specific courses throughout his career on the PGA Tour.
He finished in a tie for fifth in last year’s tournament and before that had three additional top-10 finishes since 2015, including a solo third. He has now gained strokes off the tee in four of six events and on approach in four of five events, including last week’s U.S. Open.
Before the third major championship of the year, Harman had finished in a tie for fifth at the Valspar Championship and a tie for ninth at the Wells Fargo Championship. Those two tournaments have been held at two of the more difficult venues on the year and require both accuracy and proficiency around the green.
Harman has both in his tool belt and given his track record in the Travelers Championship, he should have another chance to win this weekend.
Brendan Steele To Win +6600
Steele was unable to qualify for the U.S. Open but before last week he had been putting together an extremely strong June. He finished inside the top 10 at both the PGA Championship and the Memorial Tournament in two of the most talented fields of the season.
The 39-year-old ranks ninth in strokes gained off the tee and 13th in strokes gained approach in this field over the last three months. He has been striking the ball tremendously and will just need to discover some form with the putter to find his name in the mix.
Luckily for Steele, he has dominated the greens at TPC River Highlands. In 11 starts there, he has gained strokes on the greens in nine of them, including in 2020 when he posted +2.34 strokes gained putting.
He finished in a tie for sixth two years ago and has seven additional top-25 finishes to his credit, thus signifying a strong liking for this venue.
Course and Tournament Information
The Travelers Championship has become one of the players’ favorite stops on the PGA Tour. Known for its accommodations and the overall proficiency with which the tournament is run, some of the best players have continued to make their way to Cromwell, Connecticut, year over year.
TPC River Highlands is only a par 70 and measures a measly 6,800 yards. A far cry from the big ballparks these competitors face on a weekly basis, the name of the game is accuracy and precision, in addition to some magic around the green.
The course may lack some bite on paper, but players will be faced with tight landing zones and difficult, greens to hit. Combine this with a fantastic finishing stretch of holes which includes the drivable par-4 15th and yet another exciting Travelers Championship is surely to take place.
What Happened In Last Year’s Travelers Championship?
It was a marathon, not a sprint, in 2021 as one of the most memorable tournaments of the year unfolded at the Travelers Championship. With players such as Bubba Watson, Cameron Smith and Jason Day among the leaders heading into the final day at TPC River Highlands, it truly was anyone’s to win.
While Watson was looking for his fourth Travelers Championship title, others were simply trying to make a name for themselves.
Kramer Hickok was among those candidates and after seeing Harris English post the clubhouse lead with a birdie on the 72nd hole, Hickok needed one of his own to stay alive. In matching English, the Texan forced a playoff and it was not any ordinary playoff.
Over eight holes, English and Hickok traded par after par in unbelievable fashion ranging from holing unlikely putts to getting up and down from a buried lie in a greenside bunker. In the end, English proved victorious and captured his second title of the season on the PGA Tour.
While English has since fallen victim to injury, he did make the cut last week at the U.S. Open and will hope to put together an admirable title defense. He is in need of a strong start as he is on the outside looking in on the FedExCup playoffs as well as the United States Presidents Cup Team.