2017 Travelers Championship Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Brooks Koepka’s win at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills (Holla! More on that below), 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, and this year once again it follows the U.S. Open, after a one year deviation into August following the Olympics.

The TPC River Highlands remains a mere pitch-and-putt-ish 6,841 yards, which Jim Furyk murdered into the Tour’s first ever 58 during last year’s edition.  Two years ago, 50 bunkers were removed and the remaining 69 significantly enhanced/altered, making them more relevant for today’s long bombers, but still folks, it’s only 6,841 yards, which is an astonishing 1,000 yards less than last week at Erin Hills (totally incomparable venues, obviously).  Expect birdies and eagles to be flying again all week long.

My picks last week at the U.S. Open were highlighted by Lockzilla Brooks Koepka WINNING THE DAMN TOURNAMENT!  Atta boy Brooks (and take that Caesars Palace :).

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


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Marc Leishman
– I had the Aussie as my BOLD play of the week last week at Erin Hills and he fizzled a bit after his opening 68, but still finished t-27th.  I’m going to keep this short and say I absolutely love me some Leish again this week (past Travelers champ, t-9th last year).  Would not be surprised whatsoever to see him hoisting the trophy at week’s end.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Kisner t-58th)

Brendan Steele
Brendan Steele
– I witnessed Steele absolutely striping it en route to a t-13th last week at Erin Hills and I think he builds on that this week at a course where he has shown some solid form in the past, with 5 of 6 cuts made, including a t-5th in ’14.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Sergio t-21st)

Daniel Berger
Daniel Berger
– The winner two weeks ago at the FedEx St Jude Classic massively stumbled last week at Erin Hills, shooting 78-75 to miss the cut.  Despite his t-5th finish here last year (in August), I’m calling for another weekend off from the mostly boom or bust young stallion.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Leishman t-27th)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
– Now that the NHL season is over, this Canuck should be able to fully focus on the links.  Last week I tabbed Brooks Koepka winning a major as inevitable, which boom, happened that very week.  This week I’m labeling DeLaet as inevitably winning on Tour.  Not saying it’s going to happen this week, but with a solo 3rd here in ’13, a solo 4th in ’14 and the fact that he’s been in solid form this year, with four top 10s since Feb (including a t-10th in his last start a few weeks back at the Memorial), this is as good a course as any for him to finally break through.


Joel Harrington

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