Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Travelers Championship 2020 - TPC River Highlands,Connecticut

The OGWR top-7 will tee it up at TPC River Highlands on Thursday, meaning the tournament will have it's strongest OWGR ranking points on offer in history. Justin Ray of the 15th Club has highlighted that the Championship has never even had the top-2 in appearance together before. As with the last two weeks, we the TV viewers,will be treated to the world's best being on show following COVID-19 lockdown, and with the course essentially a birdie haven for the game's elite, those that have warmed up the past two weeks at The Colonial & The Heritage are bound to be honing in on their A-games for the week ahead and ideally better suited for a punt than those that tee it up rusty. Pity, because I was keen on Patrick Cantlay here but given he's too fresh against the leading players, he's reluctantly left out of my staking plan before the off.

Justin Thomas hasn't played well the past two weeks. He's finished 10th in Texas before finishing with a flourish at the weekend at Hilton Head to grab 8th,where his driver has misbehaved for both weeks not to mention some poor approach shots. I like the fact he's had the game time and arrives here where he would expect to perform better then the last fortnight. He doesn't have great course form though, although he finished 3rd in 2016 behind winner,Russell Knox and Jerry Kelly with a closing 62 proving he can play the course and score on it. Thomas was a little upset at the Florida stance on social distancing last week and he remarked how he kept his circle tight and had a chef traveling with his entourage to ensure it was a business trip with a professional approach for the job at hand, and I think he can build on the two results despite knowing he was far from his best by challenging for title number 13 on the PGA Tour. At 14.00 hes an outright bet for me this week.

Sergio Garcia is not a player I back often nor want to watch or cheer on often either, but I have started to warm to him a bit more since he married and settled down a bit, despite his tantrums in 2019. Recently turned 40, I'm hoping in pretty much the same vein as I mentioned Adam Scott for the Genesis, that he can emulate both Scott & G-Mac in  recent times by making the milestone a motivator to challenge and win soon again. His exploits at Hilton Head suggest his game is in fine nick and at a course where strong tee-to-green game is vital, the Spaniard is looking way overpriced for me this week @ 60.00 WIN, 6.00 TOP-10 and 3.30 TOP-20.


2.50 pts WIN J.Thomas @ 14.00
0.75 pts WIN S. Garcia @ 60.00
5.00 pts TOP-20 S.Garcia @ 3.30