Gary Woodland kicked sand in the face of just about every PGA Tour golfer last week at the US Open but the first time Major winner is taking a break following his win. And, he’s not the only player sitting things out this week as many familiar faces are missing from the 2019 Travelers Championship field. However, there a plenty of high ranked players teeing off this weekend at including Brook Koepka who tried to win three US Opens in a row last week.

Koepka enters the Travelers Championship as the heavy favorite at +700 prior to teeing off on Thursday. The number put his well ahead of others as Patrick Cantlay comes in at +1000. The top-five favored players are all ranked high on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) starting with Koepka who’s currently the number one ranked golfer in the world.

Jordan Spieth is the only top-five pre-tournament favorite currently ranked outside of the top-twenty on the newest OWGR rankings which were posted on June 16th. Speith moved up one spot from 28th to 29th with Koepka holding onto the top spot. Here’s how intertops sportsbook places the odds on the favorites heading into the opening round.

Brooks Koepka +700 No. 1

Patrick Cantlay +1000 No. 8

Jordan Spieth +1600 No. 29

Francesco Molinari +1800 No. 6

Jason Day +1800 No. 18

Past Winners include Three-Time Champion Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson won his third Travelers Championship last season. His first win at the event came in 2010 followed by a second one in 2015. Watson also came in second place in 2012 when he and Charley Hoffman ended the event one-stroke behind Marc Leishman who went four-under for the tournament.

Speith won the Travelers in 2017 in a playoff against Daniel Berger. That past win at the Travelers, and a nice tick in play over the last few weeks is one reason Speith is considered a favorite to win. Seven of the last ten winners of the Travelers Championship are entered into the field.

2018 Bubba Watson won −17 overall and 3 strokes over a four-way tie for second. The T2 players were Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, J. B. Holmes, and Beau Hossler.

2017 Jordan Spieth +1600

2016 Russell Knox +6600

2015 Bubba Watson +3300

2014 Kevin Streelman +6600

2013 Ken Duke Not in field

2012 Marc Leishman +2800

2011 Fredrik Jacobson Not in field

2010 Bubba Watson +3300

2009 Kenny Perry Not in field

Can Bubba Make it Four?

Bubba Watson is pushed pretty far down the favorites list coming into a tournament he’s won three times in the last ten events. His level of play in 2019 has been slightly erratic and he’s yet to score a win this season. In fact, he’s struggled several times this year just to make the cut. So far in 2019, he’s actually failed to move onto weekend play three times including last week at the US Open.

But Watson is returning to a course that he’s had great success with. TPC River Highlands is a private course located in Cromwell, Connecticut that is one of the shortest on the PGA Tour coming in at 6,841 yards playing as a par-70. Bubba has seemingly mastered the links and a good first two rounds could kick his game back into action.

However, Bubba will have to hope that Koepka comes in sluggish following the US Open. The two-time Open winner played great at Pebble Beach but he, and others were forced to wait on Woodland to make a mistake… and he didn’t. Koepka and Francesco Molinari may be the two biggest threats in the field as both can navigate courses like TPC River Highlands with ease.

If you are looking for a few longshots that actually are not that “long” then take a peek at these players knotted together at +3300 with Watson. Louis Oosthuizen, Brandt Snedeker, and Tony Finau, followed by Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson coming in at +5000. If there’s a player lurking in plain sight while waiting for a solid win it’s Phil Mickelson. If “Lefty” can card good numbers on Thursday and Friday he may end up being the surprise winner on Sunday.

Complete odds to win the 2019 Travelers Championship Outright

Brooks Koepka +700

Patrick Cantlay +1000

Jordan Spieth +1600

Francesco Molinari +1800

Jason Day +1800

Paul Casey +2000

Justin Thomas +2000

Bryson DeChambeau +2500

Marc Leishman +2800

Tommy Fleetwood +2800

Louis Oosthuizen +3300

Brandt Snedeker +3300

Tony Finau +3300

Bubba Watson +3300

Patrick Reed +5000

Phil Mickelson +5000

Kevin Streelman +6600

Russell Knox +6600

Ryan Moore +6600

Jason Kokrak +6600

Charley Hoffman +6600

Chez Reavie +6600

Adam Hadwin +6600

Viktor Hovland +6600

Emiliano Grillo +6600

Byeong-Hun An +6600

Daniel Berger +6600

Kevin Kisner +8000

Sungjae Im +8000

Andrew Putnam +8000

Abraham Ancer +8000

Joaquin Niemann +10000

Danny Lee +10000

Brian Harman +10000

Lucas Glover +10000

C T Pan +10000

Beau Hossler +10000

Si-Woo Kim +10000

Keegan Bradley +10000

Bud Cauley +10000

Russell Henley +10000

Kevin Tway +10000

Sung Kang +10000

Matthew Wolff +10000

Mackenzie Hughes +12500

Kiradech Aphibarnrat +12500

Sebastian Munoz +12500

Joel Dahmen +12500

Nick Watney +12500

Cameron Smith +12500

Kyle Stanley +12500

Max Homa +12500

J.B. Holmes +12500

Peter Uihlein +14000

Austin Cook +14000

Matt Jones +14000

Peter Malnati +15000

Nick Taylor +15000

Dylan Frittelli +15000

Chesson Hadley +15000

Troy Merritt +15000

Brian Stuard +15000

Collin Morikawa +15000

Sam Burns +17500

Anirban Lahiri +17500

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +17500

Aaron Baddeley +17500

Martin Laird +17500

Cameron Tringale +17500

Kramer Hickok +20000

Harold Varner III +20000

Hank Lebioda +20000

Ben Silverman +20000

Cameron Champ +20000

Trey Mullinax +20000

Scott Stallings +20000

Harris English +20000

Sepp Straka +20000

Adam Schenk +20000

Stephan Jaeger +20000

Adam Long +20000

Jonas Blixt +20000

Tyler Duncan +20000

Chris Stroud +20000

Seamus Power +20000

Brendan Steele +20000

Vaughn Taylor +20000

Andrew Landry +25000

Scott Brown +25000

JT Poston +25000

Hunter Mahan +25000

Josh Teater +25000

JJ Spaun +25000

Scott Langley +25000

Tom Hoge +25000

Shawn Stefani +25000

Robert Streb +25000

Alex Prugh +25000

Curtis Luck +25000

Ollie Schniederjans +25000

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