2018 Travelers Championship Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Brooks Koepka’s mighty impressive successful title defense last week at U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, 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 yowza, we have a stacked field on our hands, folks!

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 two years ago (seems longer ago than that for some reason).  Three 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.  Expect birdies and eagles to be flying again all week long.

My picks last week at the U.S. Open were rock solid…at least through 2 or 3 rounds anyway.  My Lockzilla Dustin Johnson was in control of the tournament at the halfway mark after Friday, only to lose his speed control on the greens and suddenly start flaring various iron shots off high and right, ultimately finishing in solo 3rd.  My Semi-Flier Alex Noren didn’t quite make the noise that I thought might, but still finished t-25th.  My Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week Brandt Snedeker finished t-48th and my Hosel-Rocket BUST pick of the week Justin Thomas was ho-hum at best en route to a t-25th.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: DJ 3rd)

Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman
– Lovin’ me some Leish this week as the Aussie loves him some River Highlands as he’s a past Travelers champ, including a t-9th in 2016, t-17th last year.  As long as he can avoid the blow-up round, which has cost him some solid finishes lately (see U.S. Open, Memorial), he should be right there on Sunday.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Noren t-25th)

Patrick Rodgers
Patrick Rodgers
– While the majority of the attention will be on the other two Patricks this week (Reed and Cantlay), I’m hopping aboard the PRod train (don’t get me wrong- I actually like all 3 Patricks this week, but think PRod is the best value).  Finally finding some solid form, as after his t-8th at the Memorial he went to Shinnecock last week and played some great golf (sans an 83 in the bizarro conditions on Saturday).  Already his sixth appearance at the Travelers (SIXTH!), he’s stated his love for the TPC River Highlands track, which shows in the fact that he’s made his past 4 cuts there, including a t-3rd in 2016.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Thomas t-25th)

Daniel Berger
Daniel Berger
– A great run at Shinnecock last week, but Daniel is due for a major letdown this week.  Simple as that. Stay away and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Snedeker t-48th)

C.T. Pan
C.T. Pan
– Pan, whose Hispanic friends call him “bread” for short (ok just kidding, I made that up, but it’d be funny if they did), has been trending positively since the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, posting 5 straight made cuts, with the last two going for top 20s.  He also has gone t-25th, t-8th in his two career appearances here in Hartford.  C.T. Pan is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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