2015 Travelers Championship picks + predictions, plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following one of the craziest major finishes in recent golf history, the PGA Tour treks across the country back to the Eastern Time Zone and to Cromwell, CT and TPC River Highlands, host to this week’s Travelers Championship. 

TPC River Highlands is the second shortest course that the PGA Tour visits each year, as at 6,841 yards it’s second only to Pebble Beach in terms of lack of length on the scorecard.  Just because it lacks length doesn’t mean that it’s an all-out birdie blitz, as with small greens averaging 5,500 square feet and notoriously challenging pin positions, approach shots will need to be executed with precision and scrambling will have to be sharp in order to succeed here.

An interesting week of picks last week at the U.S. Open for yours truly, as my season-long gut instinct on LOCKZILLA Dustin Johnson hoisting the trophy was a 12-footer away from happening, of course ultimately to be engulfed into an inflammatory 3-putt to lose outright.  And yep, Jordan Spieth continues to do Jordan Spieth things.  Yowza.

Anyway, now let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Dustin t-2nd, Sergio t-18th)

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson
– Despite having several absolute SPAZ moments on other humans at this course (notably when he absolutely blasted Steve Elkington a few years back for walking while Bubba was hitting), Bubba loves this track, as according to him it’s just “wedge, wedge, wedge” in on basically every hole.  Disregard his MC last week at the U.S. Open, that means zilch this week.  He’s the top of the chalk heap this week and for good reason, as with five top 15s since 2008 including his first ever PGA Tour victory here in 2010 and boom, Bubbafy your lineups this week.

Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley
– A bit surprising to see Keeg’s best finish be a t-18th here in 4 attempts, but have no fear, he’s openly talked about how much he’d love to win here and will likely have the fans on his side as he’s a native New England boy.  T-22nd at the Byron Nelson, t-8th at the Memorial and a surprisingly good t-27th at the U.S. Open last week prove that he’s in good form.  Hop about the Keegster train this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Moore MC)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
– “Might not be a more fun golf course we play all year than TPC River Highlands. Looking forward to the week in Connecticut.”  Never a bad thing when a player that you already like says something like that about the tournament he’s about to play in.  Those who have been following the PGA Tour for more than 10 minutes know that it’s inevitable that Graham will burst through into the winner’s circle sooner than later, and that sooner could very well be this week, as with a 4/5 record here including a solo 3rd in ’13 he loves this track.  He’s also flashed a little form of late on Tour finishing t-22nd at the Byron Nelson and t-26th at the Memorial in his past two Tour starts.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Spieth 1st)

Tony Finau
Tony Finau
– Prime form to be sure, as Tony has racked up five straight top 20s on Tour, including a very impressive t-14th last week at Chambers Bay in his first ever major.  He’s undoubtedly playing the best golf of his life, but his prodigious length won’t necessarily be a great asset in his maiden voyage around TPC River Highlands.  I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever to see him go low in one round this week, but the top 20 streak surely stops this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Chappell t-46th)

Russell Knox
Russell Knox– Seven consecutive cuts made on Tour, five of them being top 25s and oh yeah, he finished t-8th in his last Tour start two weeks ago in Memphis where he had never played well previously (which means he’s really on his game right now).  Knox also finished t-13th here in 2013 and is primed a poised to finally capture that elusive first ever PGA Tour victory.  Russell Knox is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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