2013 Travelers Championship PGA Tour Golf Betting Odds and Preview
US Open Champion Justin Rose headlines PGA fieldJune 18th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson
Travelers Championship Betting Info
The action may be a little more sedate this week after the storms that were brewed up at Merion for the US Open last week. Still, the newly crowned champion Justin Rose is straight back in action this week in among a clutch of top names hoping to take the title. This is one of the easier par 70 courses on the PGA Tour and there should be plenty of scoring chances of offer, in stark contrast to what went on last week. Big greens and comfortably sized fairways should all be attacked and it could come down to the battle of the who has the hottest putter.
Latest Travelers Championship Betting Prices at online bookmaker Stan James
Justin Rose 14/1, Hunter Mahan 16/1, Lee Westwood 18/1, Jason Dufner 20/1, Bubba Watson 20/1, Webb Simpson 25/1, Rickie Fowler 28/1, John Rollins 33/1, Keegan Bradley 33/1
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Travelers Championship Betting Favourite
By courtesy of his win at Merion last week, England’s Justin Rose, following his maiden Major win, heads up the field. That was the biggest moment of his career, so how will he follow up on that this week? It sounds a pretty tough ask for a player to come straight off the back of a Major title and follow it up with a win. But Rose has been so consistently strong all season, and has three top ten finishes at TPC River Highlands as well, that he may well be back near the top of the pile. There may be a little drop in performance, as expected after the highs of last week and running around the media circus, so could be worth backing a top ten bet for a price of 11/10 with Stan James as opposed to outright winner.
If there is one name which is going to be hard not to overlook this week, it is going to be that of Hunter Mahan. He is the all time money leader at the Travelers Championship, and not too surprisingly in amongst all that he is a previous winner. Along with his victory he has recorded two T2s as well as a T4 from his eight cuts made in eleven attempts at the tournament. He is also carrying form as well after taking a share of fourth place at the US Open on the weekend. Hasn’t taken a title this year, but really should go close at TPC River Highlands.
John Rollins should be high up the priority of golf betting options this week as he could be a good top ten fit. He makes good value. He has been in contention in the last two Travelers Championship, landing two top five finishes in the last two starts. Rollins has averaged just over 66 strokes per round over the last two years here as well. Has had a couple of serious title challenges this year as well, the most notable being a share of fourth at Colonial. Clear affinity with the course and therefore worth backing for top ten.
Lee Westwood is back in action after a somewhat disappointing US Open challenge. He took a share of fifteenth and that kept a streak of six top 15’s in the last seven starts across the world. Driving very well, scrambling very well and the clear area of his game which needs some improvement is in his putting. He is creating chances well enough for himself and just not converting. This is is his second appearance at the Travelers (the last all the way back in 2005).
No reason why the colourful Rickie Fowler shouldn’t be in the mix of things here really after taking a share of 10th at Merion. He carded a top ten finish in 2010 which was his last appearance that the Travelers Championship. Fowler has been in pretty solid form this season and just capable of pulling out a great round which puts him in contention overall.
Bubba Watson has a special affinity with TPC River Highlands as this was the scene of his first ever win on the PGA Tour. That was one of four top fifteens which he has recorded at the tournament and he went close to a second title when he recorded a second place finish last term. His average scoring is just under 67 going over his last five rounds at the course. Hard to argue with his course record and should be back in contention.
Best Outside Bet
There should be a temptation in backing Charley Hoffman who had to settle for a share of second last year at the Travelers. Could well have won but just bottled it at the very end. Still, he has landed four top ten finishes this year on the PGA Tour and given his run last year and how comfortable he found TPC River Highlands, he could be back for more at value of 4/1 for a Top Ten Finish with online bookmaker Stan James.
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