Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2023 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.
Since 1984 the tournament has been held at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. It is the second-most attended PGA Tour event annually, behind the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
TPC River Highlands 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.
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 Travelers Championship. 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.
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.
TPC River Highlands Scorecard
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.
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
Travelers Championship Winning Formula
Last 6 Champions of the Travelers Championship
|2022||Xander Schauffele||United States||261||-19|
|2021||Harris English||United States||267||-13|
|2020||Dustin Johnson||United States||261||-19|
|2019||Chez Reavie||United States||263||-17|
|2018||Bubba Watson||United States||263||-17|
|2017||Jordan Spieth||United States||268||-12|
The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past six champions of the Travelers Championship.
|Last 6 Champions|
Strokes Gained Category
|Average Strokes Gained||Average Finishing |
Position SG Category
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 2023
Patrick Cantlay 12/1 (E/W) – sticking with the 31-year-old powerhouse again this week. Has finished inside the Top 15 in each of his last 5 visits to TPC River Highlands. Having a rock-solid season with 7-Top 10’s among 12-Top 25’s including a T14 in last week’s US Open at Los Angeles Country Club. The California native places 6th in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 1st on Tour for Total Driving and 2nd for Birdie Average. By his lofty standards there is an expectation for more this season. Has shown flashes of brilliance recently that would suggest his ‘A-game‘ is not that far away. Best value at top end of market.
Tony Finau 28/1 (E/W) – also keeping faith with the Utah native again this week. A regular at the Travelers Championship, he finished T13 in last year’s edition of the tournament. A multiple winner on Tour this season he has landed victories in both the Houston Open and Mexico Open. A final round 74 in last week’s US Open put paid to his chances having positioned himself nicely after 54-holes. Features 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 13th on Tour for Bogey Avoidance and 3rd for Birdie Average. Taking a holistic view of his game and form, gives a justified expectation for more. This week is a good fit for the 33-year-old and all things considered excellent value.
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