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2021 Travelers Championship Prop Bets: TPC River Highlands Props

Max Homa and other 2021 Travelers Championship Prop Bets

With our outright selections now placed, we turn to the top finishing markets for the Travelers Championship. When perusing your 2021 Travelers Championship prop bets, remember to shop around for the best lines as they typically differ among sportsbooks.

TPC River Highlands will play host to tour players this week. While many are saying it is a Pete Dye design, it is important to distinguish that it’s actually a redesign. The Tournament Players Club (TPC) Network called upon Dye to lead the overhaul in 1984. It’s not the end of the world, but I’ve been seeing the wrong terminology thrown out there and in the age of social media and sticklers for detail, I wanted to be correct.

We outlined how TPC River Highlands isn’t your typical PGA Tour venue in our Travelers Championship outright article. A short course even for non-tour standards, precision will be a much-needed asset for players this week. With tight landing areas from off the tee, if a player is able to consistently place himself in the fairway, he should be able to attack pins, leading to birdie opportunity after birdie opportunity. By week’s end, the player raising the trophy will simply be the one who capitalizes the most on those chances.

2021 Travelers Championship Prop Bets: What to Look For

Our props have been red-hot of late, so it’s safe to say we won’t be changing much of our process ahead for our Travelers Championship prop bets and picks. Outside of the Palmetto Championship, which luckily we never have to see again, we have hit at least one bet each week, often with a hefty price tag.

So as discussed, this week will really be an iron and putting show from our perspective. We’ll target those players who are riding strong form, have strong course history and fit that statistical profile. A few other minor data points will be added to the equation, but from a high level, that is our outlook for the Travelers Championship.

With Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson leading the way in the outright and Travelers Championship betting props markets, they simply do not provide enough value in the top finishing markets. At Bovada, they are both +115 to finish inside the top 10. Those odds imply a 46.51 percent probability of them being able to do so. Instead of looking to the top of the oddsboard, we’ll go a bit further down as that’s where we’ve been able to find success.

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Jason Day (+500 to finish inside the top 10)

Beware of the injured golfer, that’s what I always say. Day had to withdraw before the Memorial Tournament due to a back injury and we haven’t seen him since. It’s likely it was rather serious as Muirfield Village is Day’s home golf course, but a few weeks of rest and recovery is exactly what the doctor ordered.

He now comes to TPC River Highlands where he has been able to find some success in the past, with his best finish being a tie for eighth in 2019. The Jason Day of the past would suit this course perfectly, striking precise iron shots and sinking birdie putts left and right, but that simply hasn’t been Day this season.

While he has been strong tee to green for the majority of the season, it has typically been the irons and putter that have let him down. He has consistently been losing strokes on the greens, but I believe this week could prove to be a turning point for him. Much of his game is there, and while there are question marks, as there usually is with Day, he still makes the list of my best bets for the Travelers Championship.

Kevin Na (+600 to finish inside the top 10)

Kevin Na has an inordinate ability to show up out of nowhere and I am willing to wager that will be the case this week at the Travelers Championship. His game has been up-and-down for most of the year, but he is a volatile golfer and that is to be expected. He’s smart enough to understand which courses he can contend at and which he can’t, and TPC River Highlands is surely one he can be competitive at.

He won earlier this season at the Sony Open, another course that requires precise irons and strong putting. More recently, he posted strong showings at the Valspar Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge. Those results are more predictive of his play this week as opposed to the missed cuts at the big ballparks such as the Ocean Course and Torrey Pines.

We can simply look to his play from last year at this tournament to see he has what it takes to play well here. Na grabbed a top-five finish when the Travelers boasted a stronger-than-usual field due to COVID-19 scheduling changes. If he is able to carry over his iron performance from Colonial, where he gained +6.5 SG: Approach, then he will likely find himself in a similar situation.

Max Homa (+600 to finish inside the top 10)

Predicting Max Homa has become a bit of an art as he makes his way into this article for the third time in four weeks. While he played strongly at the Memorial, he disappointed at the U.S. Open last week. He got off to a very rocky start at Torrey Pines, but honestly, I won’t be putting too much stock in the performance. He played 16 solid holes in the first round, only for his putter to let him down.

A four-putt from 20 feet leading to a triple bogey was the beginning of the end of his U.S. Open aspirations. In Round 2, Homa once again struck the ball well, but struggled around the greens. In total, I like where his game is at and I like how it fits TPC River Highlands, despite his history of three missed cuts in three visits.

He has shown time and time again that he is a completely different player than in previous seasons. He played well at the Valspar Championship and the Memorial Tournament, which I believe could be predictive of success at TPC River Highlands. When he’s on, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the game and at a price this long, I will happily back him in the top-10 market as one of my best bets of the week.

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Stewart Cink (+750 to finish inside the top 10)

Want to feel old? Cink’s first win on the PGA Tour came at TPC River Highlands in 1997 on his way to being named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Eleven years later, Cink was at it again, winning on the Pete Dye redesign in 2008 for his fifth PGA Tour victory. Now in 2021, Cink is in the midst of a career resurgence that has seen him lift hardware twice already this season.

One of those came not too long ago at the RBC Heritage, where on another Pete Dye course, Cink was able to lap the field. Holding off the likes of Collin Morikawa, Harold Varner III and Emiliano Grillo, Cink dug deep for his eighth PGA Tour victory. Utilizing his new-found length off the tee and precise irons, Cink has been terrific when he gets himself into the thick of things.

While the putter has been questionable at times, I believe Cink provides some Travelers Championship prop bets value and a return to TPC River Highlands will silence any doubt. Only three years ago, Cink finished as the runner-up in the 2018 tournament, gaining +6.6 SG: Putting. Just a fraction of that performance should be good enough for Cink to contend, given not only his track record at this event but also his current form. At +750 to finish inside the top 10, I’m taking Cink as one of my Travelers Championship props of the week.