With the 2021 U.S. Open now in the rearview, just a few tournaments remain until the final major of the year (The British Open) gets underway in mid-July. In the meantime, the tour will head east to Connecticut this week as TPC at River Highlands plays host the Travelers Championship. With 500 FedEx points on the line in addition to a total purse of $7.4 million, the field has big names throughout and should be a competitive four days. Let’s take a closer look at the course and where the value remains for an outright winner and check out some of the best PGA betting picks.
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Previous Winners of the US Open
2020: Dustin Johnson
2019: Chez Reavie
2018: Bubba Watson
2017: Jordan Spieth
2016: Bubba Watson
Course Preview (TPC at River Highlands)
One of many things that will be starkly different this week than last, the winner should go very low, as the average score of the past three winners is -17.7. In fact, the lowest round ever recorded on the PGA Tour was here in 2016, as Jim Furyk shot a 58 in the final round.
As for the course itself, short par 4s litter the scorecard, with the longest being just 481 yards. The rough will also be noticeably thinner than many of the courses we see throughout the season, and if players can stay out of the water on 15-17, scores should once again be some of the lowest we see all season.
Relevant Betting Stats
Greens in regulation
Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 Yards
Outright PGA Betting Picks
Patrick Cantlay (+1600 on DraftKings Sportsbook)
As an amateur in 2011, Cantlay shot the then-course record 60 at this course and has since faired quite well as a pro, finishing top 15 in his last three appearances. Seemingly always in contention, Cantlay leads the FedEx Cup in points right now and is coming off a US Open performance that landed him T15. If it were not for a Friday 75, he very well could’ve found himself in the final pairing come Sunday afternoon.
The week before that? A win at The Memorial.
Add in currently ranking inside the top eight on tour in Strokes Gained (SG): Around-the-green, SG: Tee-to-green, and SG: T0tal and Cantlay finds himself at the top of my outright card this week.
Long-shot Betting Picks
Abraham Ancer (+2800 on DraftKings Sportsbook)
There are increasingly not many courses on tour that lack of distance is an absolute deterrent, and this happens to be one of them. Despite ranking near the bottom of the tour in driving distance (160th), Ancer is one of the most accurate hitting 70.93% of fairways (6th).
Before the U.S. Open, Ancer had been red hot, finishing in the top 20 in five straight tournaments, including a runner-up at the Wells Fargo Championship and a T8 at the PGA Championship.
On top of all of this, Ancer has finished 8 and 11 here the past two seasons. If his current form continues, a top 20 is all but guaranteed. While I’ll certainly be including Ancer in a few prop bets, I’m also taking a flyer here on a guy long overdue for his first PGA Tour win.
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