Travelers Championship

Mon Jun 22 4:53pm ET
Contributing Writer

Another exciting golf weekend in the books! Webb Simpson returned back to his normal form, and took down the RBC Heritage with a score of -22. We had some extremely high scores last week, and the cut line finished at -4. We should continue to see some good scoring this weekend at the Travelers Championship, which ranks as the second shortest course on the PGA tour. Bryson DeChambeau has now dethroned McIIroy as the most expensive player on rtsports, and Simpson jumped back up into the top 5 players. Another solid field will be hitting the course this week, as 15 of the top 20 players will be teeing off. 

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If you’re new to PGA DFS, you will quickly learn to have a love/hate relationship with the cut line. At most courses, if you’re outside of the top 65 after the second round, you will be cut from the tournament. So coming from a DFS viewpoint, you will lose out on 36 holes per player cut. It is important to have a balanced team, while also drafting players that can compete for first.

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The Course: TPC River Highlands (Travelers Championship)

Par - 70

Yardage - 6,841

Cut Line – Top 65 advance after day two

Par 3 - 4

Par 4 - 12

Par 5 - 2

Travelers is listed as the second shortest course on the PGA tour, but long drivers still have a decent advantage. We have a very short 15h hole, where 90% of the field will try to drive the green, and some shorter par 5’s. 

Tournament History

2019: Chez Reavie -17

2018: Bubba Watson -17

2017: Jordan Spieth -12

2016: Russell Knox -14

Elite Play - Brooks Koepka ($10,200) - Koepka really started to find a groove last week finishing -18 on a course that really limited his driving distance. At the Travelers he should have no problem reaching the greens in 2 on the par 5’s, and can drive the par 4 15th. There will be a lot of birdie/eagle chances for Koepka this week.  

(Last week's play - Bryson DeChambeau - Dechambeau had a decent week for the most part. He finished the tournament -17 and finished T8. Another top 10 performance for the new look Dechambeau, and he will look to make it 3 in a row this week)

Safe Play - Bubba Watson ($8,400) - Watson had a strong Sunday last week finishing -9, and T52. Watson has already won this tournament three times in 2010, 2015, and 2018, and has three other top 10 finishes to go along with that here at the Travlers Championship. With the price point of $8,400, he would overcost you and has the ability to win here, and can add some studs to the lineup along with him here. 

(Last week’s play - Matt Kuchar - Kuchar finished -11 T41. I expected a little more out of Kuchar last week, as the course was just such a perfect fit for his game. However, he still made the cut and finished in the top 30 for fantasy points for last week.) 

Sleeper - Phil Mickelson ($6,900) - Mickelson is a PGA favorite, but just might be running out of gas now. After just celebrating his 50th birdie, Mickelson looks to turn it around here at the Travelers and just looking for him to make the cut at this price. Mickelson is known for his fast starts, but then finds himself in trouble real fast. I really like Mickelson as a bounce back play this week, and expect Mickelson to get off to one of his hot starts on this easier course, but the question will still become, can he hangon?

(Last week’s play - Maverick McNealy - Maverick!! McNealy might be one of my favorite players on tour. So cheap, but can preform and usually makes the cut, which provides such huge value at his price. After his round ended Saturday he was as high as T6, but fell down on Sunday. Still a really solid week from the youngster.)

Fade - Collin Morikawa ($9,400) - Morikawa had his first struggles last week, finishing T64 and one of his worst performances on Tour. While he has still made every single cut, I think this week could be his first. You could tell his confidence was rattled after missing the 3 foot playoff putt two weeks ago, and will be an interesting play this week coming off a shaky performance. 

(Last week’s play - Tony Finau - Finau finished T33. He had overall an okay week, but I faded him in all of my lineups. Finau’s weakest spot is his driving accuracy, but he performed much better than expected last week. He will be one to keep an eye out for this week.)

Player Notes
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Fantasy Spin: Henry is a stud RB1 in fantasy, but he suffers in PPR formats and may drop closer to a midrange RB1.

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Fantasy Spin: Freeman still looks to be holding out for more money than his market value is dictating at the moment. He might have to wait for an injury to sign, but he'll be a potential RB3 in fantasy when he does.

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