It was another great weekend of gold action, with Webb Simpson holding on to win the RBC Heritage. He will have little time to savor the victory, though, as he, and a host of the top golfers in the world, pack their bags and head to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship starting on Thursday, June 25th. Let’s take a closer look at the favorites for the PGA Travelers Championship so you can plan ahead your bets against their PGA odds.
PGA Travelers Championship
The tournament will be held at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell and will once again, for the 3rd straight week, feature the top 5 golfers in the world. Will it be one of those guys who gets the win here, or will it be someone from out of left field, just like last season when Chez Reavie took home the top prize? There is a lot of golf to be played before we get that answer.
The Irishman has been rather vocal when talking about players who are taking their time coming back from the long layoff due to the pandemic. He is certainly putting his money where his mouth is by entering every tournament since the PGA returned. He has yet to find the groove that he was in prior to the layoff, with a T32 being the best he has managed in the two tournaments since returning. Still, you feel that it is only a matter of time before he gets back to the form that saw him have 6 top 10 finishes this season already.
Thomas’ best season came in 2017, which was when he had 5 wins on the PGA Tour. He was on a pace to match or better that number before the PGA shut down, winning a pair of tournaments in the early part of the 2020 season. That was enough to put him at the top of the FedEx Cup standings heading into this weekend. Thomas has finished in the top 10 in both tournaments played since the restart of the PGA Tour, so he needs to be considered a serious threat to be at or near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday. He is my pick to win it all this week.
DeChambeau had a bit of a breakout season in 2018, winning 3 tournaments, but he is now trying to live up to the hype that he created back then. He does not have a win yet this season, but he has come very close, with a second and a third to his name. He tied for third a couple of weeks ago at the Charles Schwab, the first tournament after the shutdown, and followed that up with another top 10 finish last week at the RBC Heritage. DeChambeau is knocking on the door of his first win of the season, so well worth a look here.
As we mentioned at the top of this piece, it was Webb Simpson who came out on top last weekend in Hilton Head, but can he carry that form over into this weekend? Simpson certainly did not look the part in his first tournament back after the layoff, failing to make the cut at the Charles Schwab, but he certainly made up for that last week. If you take the two tournaments before the break into account, Simpson has now won 2 of his last 4 tournaments.