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Leads the TOUR in birdie average and is fourth in scoring average. Tough weekend for Casey at Erin Hills. Looking for him to bounce back on a course he likes playoff loss in No matter how futile my title defense has played out, I will gallop through the tape, pulled hammies and everything. Here's this week's "Data-Driven Decision. The computer selected greens in regulation, proximity to the hole and putts per green in regulation as the three most important statistics this week.
After calculating this season's ranks in those categories of every player in the field, the computer made the following prediction for this week's winner. You can play our free fantasy game and see how you measure up against our experts below. Joining the league is simple. Finally, look at players who play well on Pete Dye designed courses, or who've played well at this event in the past; feeling comfortable at a course can get a struggling player out of a slump. Justin Thomas showed exactly why I called him a boom-or-bust pick last week with his weekend performance.
He shot an incredible nine-under 63 on Saturday, setting a U. S Open record for score under par in a round, followed by the almost inevitable letdown 75 on Sunday. Still, T-9 was a very good finish for him, even with the tough finish on Sunday. Thomas is just a year-old so the ups and downs, especially at Majors, are all part of the growing process. Winning a major at 24 is extremely rare. Winning something like the Traveler's Championship should be more his speed.
He finished T-3 here last year, so he has the blueprint to this course. All you have to do is watch Thomas' two shots on the 15th and 18th on Saturday to know this guy is one of the greatest ball strikers in the world already. He smashed two 3-woods from and yards that wound up a combined 15 or so feet. This guy is unbelievable when he turns it on. Leishman was another pick of mine last week who had a good three days and a tough fourth.
He's been rock-solid steady this year, only missing one cut since February. He won this tournament in , and he's solid in all the ball-striking categories. Leishman is Top 40 in the field in SG: Approach, GIR, approach proximity: If it's a ball-strikers course, then it's a Kyle Stanley type of course. That's seven out of eight drives that he puts in good enough position to hit the green.
From there he ranks fifth in SG: Approach and hits the second-most greens on Tour. The slow greens should help Kyle do better than he usually does relative to the field. If he has a regular ball-striking week and can actually gain on the field putting, he could be a great value even in the mid-8,s. This price seems too low for Hoffman.
He's playing well this year with three Top 10s, no missed cuts since the Heritage, and he has a good recent history here, finishing 25th in In about , fans attended, the most since Travelers started hosting the tournament.
TPC River Highlands measures 6, yards and plays to a par The course overlooks the Connecticut River and has gone under several re-designs. Holes play around a four-acre lake, helping create a finish considered one of the most exciting on Tour. Last year Jordan Spieth thrilled the crowds with a walk off holed bunker shot in a sudden death playoff versus Daniel Berger. Spieth went crazy and so did the 40, plus fans. Billy Casper won it a record four times.
The Travelers Championship is one of the few events held the week after a major that attracts a world class betting field. The people in Hartford do a great job of recruiting elite players. Open winner Brooks Koepka. Bet one of golf most exciting tournaments , the PGA Travelers Championship will be on of the biggest golf betting events of the year. It is a four-day golf event filled with world-class players and non-stop PGA Tour betting action.
Many golf bettors have won plenty of cash, with the right skills and judgment both on and off the greens.