Last Updated on June 24, 2020
The PGA has now run two successful events that despite a couple of bumps in the road, have given hope that sports can continue to move forward. After the conclusion of the RBC Heritage event, the Travelers Championship is set to begin on Thursday, June 25th beginning at 6:45 a.m. ET. As we’ve done, we’ll take a look at a few betting long shots to potentially take this event down and bring you an immense return on your investment.
Since the PGA returned, the following golfers have won events with their opening odds:
Daniel Berger – Charles Schwab Championship (+6600)
Webb Simpson – RBC Heritage (+3000)
Six players ended in the Top 5 of the RBC Heritage and opened with the following odds:
2nd. Abraham Ancer (+7000)
T-3rd. Tyler Hatton (+4000)
T-3rd. Daniel Berger (+3500)
T-5th. Joaquín Niemann (+12500)
T-5th. Sergio Garcia (+10000)
For the Travelers Championship, the following players opened up as the Top-5 favorites
Justin Thomas (+1100)
Rory McIlroy (+1200)
Bryson Dechambeau (+1400)
Jon Rahm (+1800)
Webb Simpson (+1800)
Now, let’s take a look at a few picks to consider ahead of this week’s event.
Marc Leishman (+5500)
After missing the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge, Leishman did not participate at the RBC Heritage. It’s easy to forget about Leishman after such a packed field participated at the RBC Heritage, but Leishman has done extremely well at TPC River Highlands. It’s also worth noting that prior to his missed cut at Charles Schwab, Leishman had made six consecutive cuts at the PGA Tour. In that span, Leishman had three Top-5 finishes, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open, as he beat out Jon Rahm by one.
Leishman is no stranger to the TPC River Highlands, as he won this event in 2012 with 12.5 strokes gained in that event. His most recent visit to this spot saw his strokes gain land at a 5.4 and posted his best strokes gained putting at 6.1. With his odds set as they are, it’s not the worst idea to take a shot with Leishman, who has registered 34 rounds at TPC River Highlands.
Viktor Hovland (+6000)
I was honestly surprised with the odds for Hovland. He hasn’t played much at TPC River Highlands with only four rounds under his belt but Hovland has played extremely well as of late. Since coming back from the break, Hovland finished 21st at the RBC Heritage and 23rd at the Charles Schwab. His Tee to Green play has been solid but his putter has been his biggest downfall, posting -0.2 strokes gained over his last five. Nonetheless, at these longs odds, you’re getting someone who has quietly put together a really solid stretch some coming back form the prolonged break and if he happens to produce another solid showing here or even a win, you’re not going to get these type of odds on him again.
Joel Dahmen (+10000)
Dahmen hasn’t played much at TPC River Highlands, registering just 10 rounds in his career. Of the three events he’s played here, his best ending position was 43 in 2019, followed by 62 in 2017 and a missed cut in 2018. However, if we look at his most recent play, Dahmen at these long odds are certainly curious. Right before the layoff, Dahmen tied for fifth in both the Genesis Invitational and Arnold Palmer Invitational. With an average strokes gained of 7.2 over his last five events. This wouldn’t be a high money bet to make but if you’re looking for one of those long shots who has quietly put together a nice run, Dahmen could be your man.
Here are your top ten most bet golfers to win at the Travelers Championship:
Brooks Koepka (+2200): 10% handle, 6% bets
Bryson Dechambeau (+1250): 8% handle, 5% bets
Justin Thomas (+1100): 6% handle, 5% bets
Bubba Watson (+3500): 4% handle, 3% bets
Dustin Johnson (+2800): 4% handle, 2% bets
Collin Morikawa (+4000): 4% handle, 3% bets
Patrick Cantlay (+2800): 4% handle, 4% bets
Abraham Ancer (+3300): 3% handle, 1% bets
Rory McIlroy (+1200): 3% handle, 1% bets
Sungjae Im (+3500): 3% handle, 1% bets
Travelers Championship Betting Odds