This Thursday marks the start of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. With the U.S. open occurring last week, The Traveler’s tends to look like Shia Labeouf standing next to Ryan Gosling at first glance. However, the Traveler’s Championship is will provide a great counter-part to the U.S. Open, in that it is sure to provide lots of birdie and eagle opportunities.
In the past three years, the scores that have won the Travelers have read -12, -14, and a startling -20 from Freddie Jacobson in 2011. At 6,844 yards, TPC River Highlands is a shorter course which is a big reason for the lower scoring. Compare that yardage with Augusta National at 7,435 yards, and TPC Sawgrass at 7,215 yards and you can see why the big hitters have a leg up at River Highlands. The course has been called a “quick study,” that younger players can learn quickly, which is another reason why so many find success in Cromwell.
In the past four years, the winners of the Travelers Championship claimed their first PGA victory at River Highlands, including Bubba Watson in 2010 after missing the U.S. Open. Speaking of the southern lefty, Bubba is the favorite to win this week, as he not only won in 2010, but also was a runner up in 2012 and notched a 4th place finish in last year’s tournament. Bubba actually held a share of a 54-hole lead last year, until he had a bit of a melt down, when he duffed one into the water, and blamed his caddie for picking the wrong club.
Other big names in the field include Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley and last years champion, Ken Duke. The Travelers Championship is sure to provide a lot of fun as some of the worlds best will be throwing some darts in Connecticut this weekend.
Stay tuned for our predictions!