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Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2021 Travelers Championship

The Travelers Championship is played each year in Cromwell, Connecticut. The tournament was founded in 1952 as the Insurance City Open and in 1967 it was renamed the Greater Hartford Open. In 2007 the Travelers Companies took over the tournament sponsorship.

TPC River Highlands hosts the Travelers Championship and it was originally founded in 1928 as Middletown Golf Club. In 1934 it became Edgewood Country Club and in the early 1980s it was bought by the PGA Tour.

Course Overview

The golf course was redesigned to TPC standards by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye. It reopened as the TPC of Connecticut in 1984. It underwent further remodelling in 1989, this time by Bobby Weed in consultation with Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie and renamed TPC River Highlands.

The course underwent even more modifications prior to the 2016 edition of the tournament. The bunkers were restyled throughout the course, incorporating new drainage and new sand for improved play-ability.

Also, the 17th green was rebuilt to increase the number of pin positions and small changes were made to the putting surfaces on holes 10, 13, 15 and 16. Some leveling work was completed on some of the tournament tee boxes. Bobby Weed was consulted for the renovation project.

PGA professional tips on playing No. 18 at TPC River Highlands

The three hole stretch between holes 15 and 17 are known as the “Golden Triangle”. The 15th is a driveable Par 4, the 16th is a 170+ yard Par 3 over water and the 17th is a 420-yard Par 4 with water in play, all combining to make for great drama and spectator viewing.

The course is one of the shortest on the schedule and historically the fairways and greens are among the easiest to hit. The layout is a Par 70 that stretches to 6,841 yards from the championship tees.



To win at the Travelers Championship you need to finish in double digits under par so it is ‘go low or go home’. The average winning score since 2007 is just over -16. In 2016, Jim Furyk made PGA Tour history by shooting a final round 58.

Jim Furyk on his record-breaking round of 58

Course form, Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green and Bogey Avoidance are a good start when trying to profile an identikit winner. Veterans tend to do well and first time winners are not uncommon.

Avoiding unforced errors is key at the Travelers Championship

2020 Travelers Championship | Dustin Johnson

Last year, Dustin Johnson, landed his 21st PGA Tour victory in winning the 2020 Travelers Championship. He closed with a final round -3 (67) for a -19 (261) total for the week. It was good enough for one stroke victory over Kevin Streelman. DJ’s victory included a superb bogey free -9 (61) in the third round.

Dustin Johnson
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT-0.04383
SGAPR6.0127
SGARG1.33638
SGP5.9926
SGT2G7.3057

Despite having a negative Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee, Johnson still finished comfortably inside the Top 10 for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green thanks to some superb iron play on approach. He finished 7th in Strokes Gained Approach which translated to a gain of just over 6 strokes or 45% of his overall gain. His putter delivered a similar return for the week. Other stats include T87 for Driving Accuracy, T57 for Driving Distance, T23 for GIR and 5th for Putts per GIR.

2019 Travelers Championship | Chez Reavie

The 2019 champion, Chez Reavie, closed with a final round -1 (69) to win the Travelers Championship. He finished the week -12 (263), four strokes clear of Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher. Reavie shot a back nine 28 in his third round which featured seven birdies. It was his second win on Tour having won the RBC Canadian Open in 2008.

Chez Reavie
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.89310
SGAPR6.7381
SGARG1.82724
SGP4.92210
SGT2G11.4581

Chez Reavie topped the pile for the week in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. In particular, his approach play was sublime. He gained 6.738 strokes on the field in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green, putting him at the head of the field for this stat. He also finished 10th in Strokes Gained Putting which delivered almost 5 strokes on the field average. Other stats for the week include T3 for Driving Accuracy, 55th for Driving Distance, T7 for GIR and 10th in Putts per GIR.

"It means everything, I went through some injuries, had some long years there in the middle. But it was great, because it gave good perseverance and good perspective of what life is and what golf is"

Chez Reavie
Final round highlights 2019 Travelers Championship

2018 Travelers Championship | Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT4.0674
SGAPR3.58818
SGARG3.8610
SGP3.22822
SGT2G11.5162

Bubba finished the week 2nd in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This equated to a gain of 11.516 strokes on the field or 78.12% of his overall gain. All elements of his tee-to-green game were on point form off-the-tee to approach to around-the-green. Other stats for the week include T70 for Driving Accuracy, 7th for Driving Distance, T7 for GIR and 22nd in Strokes Gained Putting.

2017 Travelers Championship | Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT-1.03256th
SGAPR4.9667th
SGARG6.0422nd
SGP2.30230th
SGT2G9.9781st

Despite Spieth having a negative Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee he still managed to top the field in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This was thanks to a stellar game on approach and around the green. Tee-to-green he gained almost 10 strokes on the field average for the week which accounted for 81% of his overall gain. Other stats for the week include T41 for Driving Accuracy, T52 for Driving Distance, T42 for GIR and 30th in Strokes Gained Putting.

Travelers Championship Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past four champions of the Travelers Championship.

Last 4 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes GainedAverage Finishing
Position SG Category
SGOTT1.47138th
SGAPR5.3268th
SGARG3.26619th
SGP4.11117th
SGT2G10.0643rd

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week's Travelers Championship.

Travelers Championship Tips

Patrick Cantlay golf betting tipsPatrick Cantlay 16/1 (E/W) - sticking with Cantlay again this week. A regular at TPC River Highlands, his last three results there read T15-T15-T11. Already a multiple winner this season with victories in the ZOZO Championship and the recent Memorial Tournament. He also finished a very solid (somewhat under-the-radar) T15 in last week's US Open. The tee-to-green monster tops the pile in this week's Stats Analysis, he is also 17th on Tour for Scoring Average. The California native's game is freewheeling again making him dangerous to contend every time he tees it up. Certainly won't be phased by those ahead of him in the market.

Kevin Streelman golf betting tipsKevin Streelman 30/1 (E/W) - a past champions of the Travelers Championship, winning here in 2014. He has 3 x Top 15 finishes in the tournament since, including a runner up to DJ last year. Has Top 20 finishes in each of his last four starts including a T8 in the PGA Championship and a T15 in last week's US Open. Despite weak putting stats, he still features just outside the Top 20 in this week's Stats Analysis. He is also 20th on Tour for GIR and 27th for Scoring Average. Arriving hot to a course where he has past success augers well for the 42 year old from Illinois. Checks all the boxes for this week's tournament.

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