2016 Travelers Championship Odds and Prediction
Bubba Watson returns to the Travelers Championship to defend his 2015 title and attempt to claim first for a third time.
Watson enters this weekend’s PGA tourney as the clear favorite, per Bovada, but he may not be without some stiff competition. The course itself – the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut – is a challenge, with long greens and a tricky final three holes known best as The Triangle.
Watson knows this course and could very well repeat as the champion, while this year’s field will be missing some elite names such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, to name a few.
Let’s take a look at the top favorites and sleepers as we inch closer to predicting a winner for this year’s tournament:
Travelers Championship Favorites
- Bubba Watson +1200
- Branden Grace +1600
- Brooks Koepka +1600
- Matt Kuchar +2000
- Patrick Reed +2000
Watson is the easy favorite, seeing as he won last year and has two Travelers Championship wins under his belt. The only deterrent for Watson is his recent slump, as he hasn’t done better than 37th place in any of his last five runs.
Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship in 2010.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 2, 2016
Grace is very much in the mix and really isn’t that far behind Watson in the odds department. He’s been hot lately, too, finishing 4th at the Players Championship and 5th at the U.S. Open. Those aren’t small feats, while the guy has finished 9th or better in four of his last five tourneys. He’ll come in red hot and will be a serious threat to take down the top spot.
We need to keep our eyes on Koepka, Kuchar and Reed, as well. Koepka has also been super hot, finishing 4th at the PGA Championship, and 13th or better in each of his last four tournaments. Kuchar cooled down at the PGA Championship (117th, ugh) but was on fire before that with sive top-10 finishes in his previous six runs.
Reed isn’t that far behind these guys, but he’s less likely to win. He hasn’t finished near the top as much, but is trending in the right direction with three top-15 runs in his last five tries.
Those three guys are worth considering, but keep in mind they haven’t won yet in 2016 and none of them have ever won at this event.
- Gary Woodland +4500
- Kevin Streelman +6600
- Keegan Bradley +6600
- Chad Campbell +10000
I’m personally not enamored with Woodland, who hasn’t won yet in 2016, has just one top-5 finish and fell apart last week at the PGA Championship (106th). That being said, a lot of experts are high on him and it’s certainly worth noting that before bottoming out last weekend, he had placed inside the top-30 in 8 of his last 9 tries. He’s a stable, interesting sleeper to consider.
Streelman is an obvious sleeper to have on your radar, seeing as he won this event in 2014. That wasn’t his only high level success at the Travelers Championship, however, as he has two other runs inside the top-10 at this event. Streelman hasn’t been amazing in 2016, but he knows this event and does have three top-15 finishes in his last five tries. He could be worth a bet.
Bradley and Campbell are two fun sleepers entering Thursday’s initial tee off that experts seem high on, as well. Of the two, Campbell feels like the better bet, seeing as he’s warming up with three finishes inside the top 26 in his last four tourneys.
2016 Travelers Championship Prediction
We went with the unorthodox Bubba Watson last week and it bit us in the behind, but we’re going back to the well and giving him one more try this week.
Watson’s long ball and ability to work his way around trees and tough areas gives him an edge on any difficult course, but he knows this one specifically and has claimed this event twice. Repeating is never easy, but with a thinned out field, we think there’s a decent chance Watson takes first.
If you’re not in love with Watson’s chances, consider one of our other favorites or sleepers. Good luck in your PGA betting this week!
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