Travelers Championship 2021 Odds and Betting Tips

Following the U.S. Open, the TOUR heads across country to TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship 2021. I provided an early tournament preview at TheLines, as we continue to chip-in weekly golf event info with information you can bet on.

This page is updated leading up to the tournament starting Thursday, and the match-ups, tips and picks, golfers to watch and odds are updated as I research more and provide additional Travelers Championship 2021 golf coverage for the event.

Tournament match-ups are now 18-7 this year as posted here each week and documented throughout the golf season.

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Travelers Championship 2021 Odds

TOP PLAYERS AT TPC RIVER HIGHLANDS

  • Dustin Johnson (No. 1 OWGR)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (5)
  • Patrick Cantlay (7)
  • Patrick Reed (8)
  • Brooks Koepka (10)
  • Tony Finau (14)
  • Daniel Berger (16)
  • Scottie Scheffler (17)
  • Paul Casey (19)
  • Abraham Ancer (21)
  • Jason Kokrak (22)
  • Harris English (25)
  • Cameron Smith (28)
  • Phil Mickelson (30)

COURSE AND TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

  • Course: TPC River Highlands
  • Location: Cromwell, CT
  • Par: 70 / Yardage 6,843
  • Date: June 24-27
  • Purse: $7.4 Million / Winner $1.33 Million
  • Fairways/Rough: Bentgrass fairways with Kentucky bluegrass and perennial fescue rough
  • Greens: Bentgrass
  • TV: Golf Channel (Thurs-Sun) and CBS (Thurs-Sun)
  • Twitter & Hashtag: @TravelersChamp, #TravelersChamp

The Par 70 course is short, at less than 6,900 yards and tree-lined fairways and doglegs require shot-shaping and missing in the right places. TPC River Highlands was re-done by Pete Dye, and the featured closing holes from 15-17 have water to hit over on approach and are known as the “Golden Triangle.”

Careful on your approach shot to players that could suffer a U.S. Open hangover, or were in contention at the U.S. Open and left everything on the course. The human element of a letdown and not at peak performance is real, beyond what the advanced stats may say about their game and potential fit for TPC River Highlands.

KEY STATS

Paul Casey has been a “horse for the course” at TPC River Highlands with four top-5 finishes in six starts before last year’s T32. Casey’s true strokes gained per round is the best in the field for golfers with a minimum 8 rounds, according to data golf.

Ball striking is a key stat, and while you may not think of that for big bomber Bryson, it’s DeChambeau who also has among the best true strokes gained stats at TPC River Highlands. He’s finished top 10 in each of the last three years in the event. He’s also among the top players in recent form for strong ball striking stats, and also a leader at this course in birdies or better.

So looking at the top ball strikers on Tour over their last 36 rounds, and Fantasy National stats will point you towards these players as among the best at gaining strokes in ball striking:

  • Charley Hoffman
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Abraham Ancer
  • Daniel Berger
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Emiliano Grillo
  • Paul Casey
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Tony Finau
  • Kevin Streelman
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Max Homa

Beyond the key strokes gained stat of ball striking, look towards players that hit lots of greens, as greens in regulation is a key to contending along with total putting – which is back on bentgrass at TPC River Highlands.

Golfers to Watch

The favorites are once again taking the most bets to win a golf tournament, and BetMGM is reporting that the most money is on Dustin Johnson (9.6%), Bryson DeChambeau (8.3%), Scottie Scheffler (7.9%) and Brooks Koepka (6.2%) to win the Travelers Championship. Those four golfers account for 32% of the total money bet to win the event at BetMGM.

My update for FanDuel with 3 longshots and dark horses to win and top finishing position for the Travelers Championship.

Abraham Ancer is a key fit, and were were on him early before his odds started dropping. Here are a few other golfers to watch with additional analysis and information you can bet on in the Travelers Championship betting preview at TheLines.

Kevin Streelman (+3300). Streelman has proven to be another decent Dye-design specialist and is in solid form with four straight top-20 finishes. That includes in both recent majors with stronger fields. He too ranks top-10 on TOUR in GIR, and top 20 in his past 36 rounds in ball striking, approach and tee-to-green stats. Streelman knows how to manage his way around a golf course, and miss in proper places as necessary. The 42-year-old finished second in last year’s Travelers Championship and won here in 2014. Added notes from Streelman’s caddie Michael Bestor said Streelman found something in working on his short game prior to the PGA Championship, and a new technique that has helped. He’s finished T8, T20, T13 and T15 since, and now returns to a Travelers tournament he loves and has had great success at TPC River Highlands. Streelman’s SG: Around the Green stats were the best ever in his career at last week’s U.S. Open, and his SG: Putting was his second-best this season. He’s gained strokes on Approach in seven straight events, and holds significant strokes gained edges over his match-up opponent below.

Rickie Fowler (+6600). Fowler is starting to find his groove again, and there is some risk as he’s not played in this event since 2013 but did finish T13. Fowler didn’t qualify for the U.S. Open, but did finish T11 and T8 in his recent events at the Memorial and PGA Championship against elite fields and showed stronger iron play on approach. His around the green game remains solid, but his overall stats won’t look too strong, as he’s been working with new equipment and an overhaul of his swing. He’s putted well enough on Poa greens out East, and Fowler’s short game and clubbing down off the tee should be more beneficial this week.

Travelers Championship Picks

Fairway’s Favorites: Paul Casey, Scottie Scheffler, Abraham Ancer, Kevin Streelman
Fairway’s Longshots: Rickie Fowler, Emilian Grillo, Chris Kirk, Will Gordon

Tournament Match-ups: Kevin Streelman (+105 ) over Brian Harman

Tournament match-ups 18-7 in 2021.

Next week it’s on to Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, where we had an under-the-radar match-up winner last year.

Author: FairwayJay is a leading national sports betting analyst, writer, handicapper and sports betting insider providing insight and information you can bet on for nearly two decades from Las Vegas. He chips in additional sports betting coverage and reporting on industry news and events for leading media and sports betting sites and companies. Follow him on Twitter: @FairwayJay