Three off the tee at the TPC

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Not the best of results for me last week on the golf anyway, but we live to fight another day and as I have pointed out in the past – it has to be seen as a bit of fun with the bookmakers offering skinny odds when you consider how many “runners” there are an in any one tournament.

This week we head off to the Travelers Championship, seen by many as the one they use to tune their game ahead of heading over to the UK for the British Open.  Once again we have a strong field set to do battle at the TPC River Highlands in Connecticut that measures in at 6852 yard with just the four holes having the potential for water causing any issues. The course has ben significantly modified since 2015 with 50 bunkers removed, some strategically replaced and two factors comfortably the most important in the hunt for victory – putting and cutting out any mistakes (which is easier than it sounds). Big hitters can and do win here (Bubba Watson has won three times here), but it isn’t a necessity to be 300 yards plus off the tee and that is what makes this one of the more interesting tournaments – anyone can win if their game is at its peak and its going to be fascinating to see who comes out on top – hopefully one of these three!

Selections with reasoning:

***NOTE*** Different bookmakers are offering different each way terms so do shop around for best odds and best place terms and any special offers with the bookmakers to steal the most value and DO check the exchanges for bigger prices – I can’t put them on here accurately as they differ by the minute. Betfair prices quoted are as indicators only and were correct at the time of writing.

Joel Dahmen

1pt each way Joel Dahmen 66/1 top 8 places William Hill (95.0 Betfair)

I can almost hear some of you shouting “WHO?” at your computer but bear with me, there is at least some method to my madness, and he is just too big a price to ignore. The Washington native is running out of years to hit the real big time at 34, but had one of his best rounds every last week when finishing tenth at the US Open, which he can add to a fifth in the Houston Open and a sixth in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am so his good form last week wasn’t really a bolt out of the blue at all. He was joint leader after two rounds at Brookline and ended the tournament top of the rankings for total Accuracy and greens in regulation and with the greens here seemingly suitable to his game he can drain a few putts here which he will need if he wants to compete. I hate to suggest that he has seen himself as a jobbing golfer earning the bucks without ever really challenging but that may be the case, but after last week he has every right to arrive here with a lot more confidence which may be all he needs. 

Patrick Cantley

1pt each way Patrick Cantlay 14/1 top 8 places Sky Bet and William Hill (15.5 Betfair)

When his putter is hot it is molten and that is what we are relying on here with the rest of his game as good as anyone this season. In 2011 Patrick carded a remarkable 60 here as an amateur, so I feel I an on fairly solid ground when I say he is more than capable of taming this course when he is at the top of his game. Last week he got better round by round and would have finished a lot closer without a sluggish start, though with a third in the memorial, a play-off loss to Jordan Spieth in the RBH Heritage and an easy win with Xander Schauffele in the Zurich pairs he hasn’t had a bad season so far by any means. His record here will irk him with finishes of 15th 15th 11th and 13th but he has broken par in 14 of his 16 rounds so the course should not be seen as any kind of negative and I am hoping that this year will be his year as he looks to add to the “mere” $27 million he has won so far.

Aaron Rai

1pt each way Aaron Rai 100/1 top 8 places Sky Bet (210.0 Betfair)

We had an English winner last weekend and who is to say lightning won’t strike twice with the 27 year old from Wolverhampton. A neat and tidy player who slips under the radar in most tournaments, he has finished sixth in the Farmers Insurance Open and fourth in the Zurich Classic this season which is not to be sniffed at, and it is surely only a matter of time before he records his first victory on the PGA Tour. His six European victories have shown that the shorter courses suit his game, and that is the challenge he faces here, and having failed to qualify for the US Open last week he arrives here fresher than most of his rivals.

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