This week the players gear up to play the Travelers Championship at TPC River’s Highland. Similar to the past two weeks, the field is loaded with the top players in the world. We expect another birdie fest, and you will need your players to be capable of shooting low in order to be at the top of the leader board come Sunday. Historically this has been called a Bubba course, but with this kind of field, it’s anyone’s game.
Here are the key stats and players were are looking at this week:
- Ball Striking
- Par 5 scoring
- Opportunities Gained
- Putting on Poa/Bent mix
Justin Thomas- $10,800
JT is one of the top golfers in the world and proves it weekly. He has finished in the top 10 the past two tournaments and we expect another great finish by him this week.
JT has gain 5.4 strokes tee to green on the field his past 5 events. He ranks out second in ball striking and first in approach over the past 50 rounds. There is no reason to believe Justin will not be near the top of the leader board come Sunday.
Sungjae Im $8,600
Sungjae under $9k? IM in on that.
If you were watching golf Saturday and Sunday, you noticed Sungjae was on the driving range every time the camera moved over to it. That’s despite missing the cut!
Sungjae lost 4.4 strokes putting last week and that simply won’t happen again. The kid is a workhorse and we believe he is hungry to bounce back from last week. Overall, when you get a chance to play golf’s biggest playboy at sub $9k he is going to be an auto play for us.
Marc Leishman- $8,000
We believe the Irishman is a good pick this week. Sure, he did not have a great performance at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but who cares- it was the first tournament back and he was knocking the rust off.
Leishman has solid course history at the Travelers with three top 20 finishes in the past four years. He ranks fourth in our model in approach and is high on our model. As the 16th ranked golfer in the world, being priced at $8k is great value and we expect Leishman to be a solid piece to your lineups.
Joel Dahmen – $7,700
The bucket hat disappointed us a bit last week with a 48th place finish, but we are going right back to him. Joel had an unusually bad week around the greens, losing 3.4 strokes to the field. Even with a bad performance, Joel still made the cut which goes a long way in DraftKings.
He hasn’t missed a cut since dating back to January and there is no reason to think he will this week. In the past five events, he has gained 4 strokes on approach and 5 strokes tee to green, which will be key factors this week. You can’t make me take the bucket hat off. #teambuckethat.
Scottie Scheffler $7,600
TPC River Highlands is a course for ball strikers and Scottie Scheffler is that guy ranking 24th in the field in the past 36 rounds. Another reason we like him is that like last week, the winner is going to have to go very low to win. Scottie is that type of golfer and can get hot quickly.
On the season he already has two 62s and ranks 7th in birdie or better percentage. Lastly, we are hoping his great driving game helps him land a few close to the pin on the short par 4 and racks up several eagles this week on his way to victory.
Sebastian Munoz $6,700
To be honest we love the sub $7k range this week with guys like Redman and NeSmith being priced so low, but one of our favorites is the 2019 Sanderson Farms champion, Sebastian Munoz. Sebastian is coming off a 28th at RBC where he was in contention all week. Sebastian has been riding hot iron play all season to 6 top-25 finishes and ranks 40th in the field in ball striking. We also love his ability to go low as he is ranking 10th in opportunities gained and 17th in birdies or better. Dropping below $7k is always a risk but Munoz is guy we seeing go top 25 again this week.
Other Golfers we like:
Koepka – $10,000
Rose – $9,200
Morikawa – $9,100
Bubba – $8,800
Serge – $8,500
Woodland – $8,300
Finau – $8,200
Hovland – $7,800
Conners – $7,500
Homa – $7,000
Redman – $6,700
NeSmith – $6,600
Abraham Ancer – $9,000
Yes, the Mexican sensation had a great tournament last week finishing in second place. However, he hit every green in regulation on Sunday and gained 11.8 strokes on the field in approach. We don’t think he can keep those kinds of numbers up. Sorry Abe, but we are betting against it.
Paul Casey – $8,800
Paul Casey has the course history here, but you have to remember it is a different tournament than in the past. We also are concerned him coming into his first tournament when there is so many guys really finding their form the past two weeks and priced the same as him. Popeye is a solid golfer, but it is hard for us to pick with his projected ownership and price range this week.