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Yahoo DFS Golf: Travelers Championship

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Traveler Championship

Cromwell, Connecticut
TPC River Highlands – par 70 – 6852 yards
Field – 156 participants
Wallet – $8.3 million


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Matt Fitzpatrick finally got his first professional win in the United States last week and it came on the big stage of the National Championship hosted by The Country Club in Brooklyn, where he previously won the US Amateur Championship. Fitzpatrick’s heroism on the road to eternal glory came at the expense of Will Zalatoris, who has now finished second in three of the seven major matches behind the 2021 Masters. However, the post-major blues doesn’t necessarily have to linger for the rest of us, as a very strong field makes the short trip to Cromwell for the Traveler Championship, where four of the top six players in the world are scheduled to play. .

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The TPC River Highlands in Connecticut is an extremely short 70-par course with classic tree-lined fairways taking players to some of the smaller greens we’ll see on the Tour, but three of the last four champions have still managed to reach at least 17 years of age. -par, even though the scorecard only lists two par-5s. Full wedges and short irons are all the rage this week as 10 par-4s are under 445 yards. As for the weather, the rainfall in the days leading up to the tournament should help thicken the already dangerous bumps, placing even more emphasis on driving precision and the proximity of wedge and iron.

Recent Champions

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2021 – Harris English
2020 – Dustin Johnson
2019 – At Rivi’s
2018 – Bubba Watson
2017 – Jordan Spit
2016 – Russell Knox
2015 – Bubba Watson
2014 – Kevin Strilman
2013 – Ken Duke
2012 – Mark Leishman

Key stats for victory

SG: Approach
Proximity: 100-175 yards
Steam-4: efficiency 400-450
Birdie medium

Sportzshala Value Choice

Based on a $200 salary cap

The creamiest

Scotty Sheffler – $48

Scheffler was one hit short of making the playoffs with the aforementioned Fitzpatrick last week at The Country Club, but the former went all the way through the US Open in batting en route to the podium. World No. 1 is second in SG: Approach, second in P4: 400-450 efficiency, and second in Birdie or Better percentage over the last 24 calibrated rounds, and sixth in 125-150 yards in that stretch.

Justin Thomas – $47

Having won a T3 here in 2016, Thomas has only one top 10 record in seven career trips to the Travelers’ Championship, but he’s in a very good mood this week if he can keep the ball in the short grass outside the tee. Thomas is in the top 10 among his peers in SG: APP, SG: Putting, Prox: 100-125, Prox: 150-175 and BOB percentage over the last 24 rounds. He just finished eighth at the US Open in SG:APP but T37 on the overall leaderboard combined with a disappointing track record at Cromwell should help cut his lineup down from last week’s levels.

Editor’s Note: Justin Thomas pulled out of the tournament due to injury.

Clay guys.

Harold Varner III – $36

While the likes of Keegan Bradley, Aaron Wise, Mito Pereira, and Seamus Power are picking up steam in the busy $36 to $37 range, this looks like a great place to return to the possibly forgotten Varner after he missed the cut in Brooklyn. Despite being retired after 36 holes after 36 holes, Varner still took two hits on the approach at the US Open, and is also third in SG:APP and 14th in Birdie or Better percentage over the past 24 rounds. Over the last three years at the TPC River Highlands, he has accumulated 19 under-par points, placing in the top 50 three times in a row.

Davis Riley – $33

Riley finally broke his streak of five consecutive top 15 finishes, but T31 at the US Open was still a remarkable result for a rookie, and he even finished seventh among players in SG: Approach at The Country Club. He’s unmatched in that stat over the past 12 scoring rounds, and Riley is in the top 10 on the PGA Tour in both overall driving and averaging this season.

Trash can

Brendan Steele – $28

Steele has been T25 or better in seven of his last nine games at the TPC River Highlands, including a T6 here in 2020 when he averaged just 27.3 hits per round en route to 25 birdies. Steele is now No. 1 in SG: Off-the-Tee, 10th in SG: Approach and 12th in close quarters from 150-175 yards over his last 24 rounds, resulting in six consecutive cuts made from the Arnold Palmer Invitational to Tournament of Memory. Prior to his T10 at Muirfield Village, Steele hit 10.6 shots from tee to green en route to a T9 finish at the PGA Championship.

CT Pan – $23

Pan has won strikes with his irons in nine consecutive races since the Honda Classic at the end of February, missing just one strike in the volatile PLAYERS Championship during that period, but he also ranks 16th in P4: 400-450 efficiency over his last 24 round. Pan’s resume in the Travelers Championship is a mixed bag with missed cuts in half of his six career appearances at Cromwell, although he did showcase a T8 here in 2017.


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