2016 Travelers Championship Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Jimmy Walker’s major triumph last week at the PGA Championship, the PGA Tour treks to Cromwell, CT, site of this week’s Travelers Championship.  The red umbrella crew is accustomed to hosting a tournament after a major, but normally it’s the week after the U.S. Open, not following the PGA Championship (Olympics factor).

The TPC River Highlands remains a mere pitch-and-putt-ish 6,841 yards; however, since last year’s tourney, 50 bunkers were removed and the remaining 69 significantly enhanced/altered, making them more relevant for today’s technology.  Regardless, at such a short yardage, expect birdies and eagles to be flying again all week long.

Last week at the PGA Championship, all of my picks made the cut, but that’s about where the good ends, as my Lockzilla Bubba Watson, Semi-Flier Lee Westwood and Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week Justin Thomas all struggled mightily over the weekend.  Oh yeah, and the he’s-sick-every-other-week-but-it-doesn’t-matter-he’s-still-a-freaking-world-beater Jason Day played MUCH better than I anticipated and finished runner-up.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Bubba t-60th)

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
– After a SHOCKING missed cut at the PGA Championship, don’t suddenly bail on trusty ‘ol Matty after what was just overall a totally bizarre week.  As my buddy Josh Culp points out in his column this week on FutureofFantasy.com, not only does Matty K have extra incentive to play well this week being 11th in the Team USA Ryder Cup Standings, but he also absolutely crushes Pete Dye courses.  Don’t overthink this one, Matty K is in for a big week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Westwood 85th)

Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
– Perhaps a bit chalky for this Semi-Flier spot, but I don’t care, I’m loading up on some Jimmy this week and you should too.  Still with an outside shot to make the Ryder Cup squad (currently 21st in the Standings), he’s playing the Travelers for only the second time ever.  With a few bigger names in the field this week and his relatively quiet play of late (although keep in mind he finished 13th at the RBC Canadian Open just two weeks ago), he may go overlooked by some, but don’t make that same mistake.  A 6,841 yard course is right up his alley, go all-in on Furyk this week and thank me later.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Day 2nd)

Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington
– Padraig Slowington (damnit, he gives us Harringtons a bad name!) played solid last week and finished t-13th at the PGA Championship despite a balky putter.  His track record here is actually quite good over the years, but at the age of 44 he’s nowhere near the level of player that he was 7-8 years ago when he rattled off his 3 major victories, and I simply don’t see him putting together four solid rounds this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Thomas t-66th)

Camilo Villegas
Camilo Villegas
– Currently sitting 144th in the FedEx Cup Standings, the 34-year-old Colombian knows that the time is now to make his move to secure his PGA Tour card for next season.  He’s so focused on staying on the big Tour next year that he pulled out of the Olympics just to earn some FedEx Cup points (that or it was a convenient excuse to avoid the disaster that these Olympics have become).  Add in that he’s a perfect 3/3 in cuts made here in his career and I like for Camilo to have a solid week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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