Traveler's Championship Betting Preview: Patrick Cantlay looks to capitalize after a Top 15 finish

By Mike Smith
Patrick Cantlay lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.
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A busy week for golf has come to an end and has seen Mathew Fitzpatrick capture his first PGA Tour victory and his first major, winning the U.S. Open. In other golf news, rumors of the LIV Golf Tour continue to swirl, as Brooks Koepka has announced that he’ll be defecting to the new tour. Nonetheless, the PGA Tour rolls on, stopping in Cromwell, Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. The tournament will be played at TPC River Highlands, which is a par 70 and plays from just over 6,800 yards.

The field for this year’s Travelers is stacked, headlined by favorite Rory McIlroy (+900), who won the Canadian Open two weeks ago. Others include world number one Scottie Scheffler (+1000), Justin Thomas (+1100), Patrick Cantlay (+1200), Sam Burns (+1800), Jordan Speith (+2500) and last year’s champion Harris English (+12500). 

Best Bets

Picking McIlroy or Scheffler would be hard to argue with but with such a deep field, there’s much more value. The first of those picks would be Patrick Cantlay, coming off a tie for 14th in the U.S. Open. Cantlay won the Zurich early this year and has two second place finishes and a third place finish this year. Cantlay has also played well at TPC River Highlands, finishing in the top 15 in every tournament since 2019. 

Sam Burns is another great option this week, as he’s having a breakout season. He’s got three wins, one second place finish, and eight top ten finishes. Burns finished tied for 27th in the U.S. Open but was towards the top of the leaderboard until Sunday. Burns has also played in this tournament three times, improving with each one.

Jordan Spieth looks to rebound after not being in contention in the U.S. Open. In 16 events this year, Speith has seven top 25 finishes, four top ten finishes, two second place finishes, and one win. Speith also won this tournament in 2017 and has played 16 rounds at TPC River Highlands, shooting in the 60s in nine of them.

The Longshots

Davis Riley (+4000) ranks 22nd in FedEx Cup points, tallying six top ten finishes this year. Before the U.S. Open, Riley had six top 15 finishes in a row. In the U.S. Open, Riley was in contention after a 67 in the second round but faded on the weekend.

Denny McCarthy (+6600) may be an unfamiliar name but he’s seen a lot of action towards the top of leaderboards this year. McCarthy finished tied for seventh last week in the U.S. Open. Before that, he finished tied for fifth at The Memorial and tied for 27th at the Charles Schwab. McCarthy usually plays well the first two rounds, making 19 of 23 cuts this season, so if he can break through, he’ll have a serious chance to contend this week.

The Picks:

  • Patrick Cantlay winner (+1200)
  • Jordan Spieth winner (+2500)
  • Sam Burns top 5 (+450)
  • Davis Riley top 10 (+450)
  • Denny McCarthy top 10 (+600)


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