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DeChambeau to Overpower Travelers Field

PGA Tour Hits TPC River Highlands

The Travelers Championship is the next stop on the PGA Tour and a quality field tees it up.

Heading the field is Bryson DeChambeau, who had a lead with nine holes to go in the U.S. Open over the weekend but imploded on the back nine.

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States waits on the ninth hole during the final round of the 2021 U.S. Open
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He is good enough to rebound at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, and bettors will get value odds for the big-hitting American.

There are many tournament winner chances at the online sportsbook and we look at the best value golfers.

Travelers Top Pick – Bryson DeChambeau

DeChambeau went from leading at Torrey Pines to finishing in a T-26 in just nine holes. It was an unexpected collapse in the hunt for consecutive U.S. Opens, but we don’t think it will have residual effects this week.

His eight-over 44 on the back nine Sunday is one of the worst efforts we have seen in a while. He was the one golfer making a charge, but a quadruple-bogey sealed his fate and it looked like he gave up following the collapse.

DeChambeau wasn’t dwelling on the performance and his mental game is a main reason why he’s so successful.

“Today on the back nine I just didn’t hit it very good,” DeChambeau told Fox Sports. “I just wasn’t fully confident with the golf swing and just got a little unlucky.

“I’m just glad I gave myself a chance, being a defending champion. I haven’t done that ever with any of my wins, and I was proud of it.”

Torrey Pines isn’t a course where missing the fairways is rewarding. His wayward drives were met with deep bunkers and even deeper rough. TPC River Highlands doesn’t have the same danger, so the course will suit DeChambeau.

There is no slowing down the confidence of the 27-year-old and we’re backing him in the Travelers Championship.

Pick: Bryson DeChambeau +1400

Travelers Next Best – Paul Casey

Paul Casey is a golfer who is nearing a win after consistent performances this year. He finished T-7 at the U.S. Open, without getting much TV coverage, but we didn’t overlook his effort.

The 43-year-old is playing superb golf without winning, but it’s only a matter of time before he scores his fourth PGA Tour victory. He finished T-4 at the PGA Championship, followed by a sixth at the European Open.

Recording three straight top-10 finishes at major tournaments is an impressive feat, so he deserves a winning turn.

The 2020 season marked the first time in three years he didn’t win on tour but, given the circumstances, we’re not surprised. He won the Valspar Championship in 2018 and 2019, but he’s not a one-trick pony.

Bettors always get value odds with Paul Casey and we wouldn’t leave him off our Travelers Championship tickets.

Pick: Paul Casey +1600

Travelers Best Value – Dylan Frittelli

The South African missed three consecutive cuts before finishing T-46 at the U.S. Open, but it’s a step in the right direction.

He is a quality golfer at his best and his win in the 2019 John Deere Classic was an example of that. Despite some mixed recent results, Frittelli is a player who could tackle this field with aplomb.

He showed an ability to play well under pressure when finishing T-5 at The Masters last year. Therefore, there are no excuses for Frittelli at a tournament like the Travelers.

We expect him to be right in the thick of the finish and we don’t think he’ll take long to win his second PGA Tour tournament. Golf betting markets have him at odds worth taking.

Pick: Dylan Frittelli +20000

Travelers Longshot – Doug Ghim

Doug Ghim is a player who hasn’t lived up to expectations, but that doesn’t mean he can’t win this week.

The Illinois native missed the cut at The Memorial, but he finished 14th at the Charles Schwab Challenge and that should give him confidence.

Earlier in the season, he finished fifth at The American Express, so outings like that should help boost expectation going forward.

Bettors get long odds in tournament winner markets, so they’re worth taking. We would also suggest taking Ghim in the top 10 and top 10 markets for insurance. He’s a steady player who rarely blows out, so he could record his second PGA Tour top 10 result.

Pick: Doug Ghim +20000

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