Travelers Championship Golf Tips And Preview 2016

Travelers Championship Golf Tips And Preview 2016

by 1st August 2016

Here are our free golf tips for the Travelers Championship which runs from Aug 4th – 7th. Read our preview on this event and get our tips and the best odds available on those tips.

Venue and prize fund
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT • Purse: $6,600,000

The Travelers Championship is one of the most highly regarded professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour and are managed by The Greater Hartford Community foundation. The tournament comes with a rich heritage having been founded 64 years ago in 1952.

Owing to the sponsor changes the tournament went by several names and it was in 2007 that Travelers came on board with its association. This year’s tournament comes a little early to accommodate the Summer Olympics and will be played August 4th – 7th. The total purse on offer for this prestigious tournament is US $ 6.6 million while a purse of $ 1.18million awaits the winner along with 500 FedExCup points.

This tournament is to be played on the TPC River Highlands Course which has earned its place in golfing folklore for its innovative design and a curious mix of natural beauty. The 6,841 yard course has a par score of 70 and was redesigned by the legendary Pete Dye in 1982 and by Bobby Weed in 1989. The ample supply of pine trees are complemented by the presence of numerous lakes and ponds giving a serene look and help to create a memorable and exciting experience for the players.

There are many memorable holes on this course but the most notable stretch is the one from 15th to 17th which play around a four-acre lake. This four-hole stretch has often been described as the most exciting finishing holes to be played anywhere in the world.

Water to the left and sand to the right makes the 15th hole one of the most exciting while the 17th hole requires manoeuvring a large lake on the right and a difficult fairway bunker on the left. The 17th hole has often seen large turnouts of spectators in line with its reputation as a breaking point in the tournament.

True to the reputation it carries, this tournament has over the years attracted the elite golfers. This year’s field will have eight players ranked among the world’s top 20 with two-time tournament winner and defending Champion Bubba Watson leading the pack.

Giving him company and strong competition will be Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson. There are 15 major winners too and the list with some illustrious names like Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk and David Toms among others.

Last year’s competition saw Bubba Watson beat Paul Casey in a play-off to clinch his second Travelers title. Incidentally, both his title wins at the TPC River Highlands came via play-offs.

No doubt that he will be looking for another title at his favourite ground and will be one of the favourites for the title this year. Casey too is back and he would love to go one step further than last year. Beyond these two, don’t underestimate the power of evergreen Ernie Els or Vijay Singh. All in all, it looks like an exciting tournament in the offing!

Golf Tips For The Travelers Championship

Last year’s champion Bubba Watson would seem an obvious choice to most people. With two wins in this event already and a host of other good performances to his name here namely a T2 and 4th place back in 2012, 2013 respectively, he deserves to be up near the top of the betting. We shall put him up as a tip for the Travelers but for smaller stakes than usual as his recent form and demeanour has been mainly disappointing.

Kevin Chappell has been so close to winning a tournament this season, with three runner up positions which see’s him at 10th in the FedEx standings. He will surely get his nose in front soon and we believe it could be this week. he is overpriced at the 66/1 on offer at Ladbrokes for the victory and with 7 places on offer it seems foolish not to back him. He rates as our main bet for the Travelers with great place odds value.

What about the longer priced golfers, well we like the chances of Kyle Reifers who has had a good season so far and put up an excellent showing in the PGA Championship last week to finish T22. He has five top tens this year with a best placed finish of 5th in the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational back in May. He is freely available at odds of 70/1 with most bookmakers. Another who could feature is the spaniard Jon Rahm who came close to his maiden win in the RBC Canadian Open where he finished T2. He looks an exciting prospect to the PGA Tour and will be winning soon. You can back him at 30/1 with Paddypower. But we will side with the big hitting Robert Garrigus, up until missing the cut in his last tournament he had been showing signs of a return to form. We can see RG overpowering the course this week and at the huge odds available is worth backing.