2019 Travelers Championship Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
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