The PGA Tour is set for the third consecutive week of stellar golf action. This week the world’s top golfers will play at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. All the top five players in the world and the top 10 players in the FedEx Cup standings are all signed up to play.
2020 Travelers Championship Odds & Fav, Smart, Long Shot Picks
Favorite To Win: Rory McIlroy / Justin Thomas +1200
Since the PGA Tour restarted, both Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have shot okay. That’s actually a good thing. Both golfers might have used the Charles Schwab Challenge and the RBC Heritage as stepping stones for this week’s Travelers Championship.
Rory shot a -6 at the Charles Schwab. He had a sweet 63 on the second day. If not for a 74 final round, McIlroy may have challenged for the win.
Thomas shot a -11 at the Charles Schwab. His second round 68 and 71 final round pushed him out of the Top 5. But JT still managed to finish in the Top 10.
At the RBC, McIlroy shot a -11 while Thomas shot a -17. Justin’s final score was just 5 strokes off winner Webb Simpson.
Both favorites have a chance to win the Travelers. But neither offers good enough odds for a wager.
Thomas played at the 2019 Travelers Championship. He shot a -4, which was 13 strokes off winner Chez Reavie’s -17. Rory didn’t tee it off at last year’s Travelers.
It’s best to look elsewhere for the smart play.
Smart Betting Pick: Brooks Koepka +2000
Brooks Koepka played at the 2019 Travelers Championship. He finished worse than Thomas, shooting par.
Koepka’s game may be coming around, though. At the Charles Schwab Challenge, Brooks shot under par-70 in every round. It showed that he made good decisions on all four days.
Brooks finished at -6. That was tied for thirty-second. Not great, but Koepka’s goal was to get his swing back, not actually win the tournament.
Since last October, Koepka had missed the cut at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children’s Open, withdrew from the CJ Cup, and missed the cut at the Honda Classic. Shooting under par in every round of a tournament helped Brooks regain his confidence.
At the RBC Heritage, Koepka shot a -18 and finished seventh. He could parlay that into a win at the Travelers this weekend.
The Long Shot Betting Pick: Paul Casey +3000
Casey hasn’t teed it off since the WGC-Mexico back on February 20. But golfers like Casey don’t need much work to get into golfing shape.
Also, there’s a good chance that while his competitors battled at the Charles Schwab and RBC, Casey circled the Travelers as his comeback tournament.
Last year, Paul shot a -11. So, it makes sense that he’d use the Travelers Championship to get back onto the PGA Tour.
At the odds, Paul Casey is worth a look to take home the 2020 Travelers Championship trophy.