PGA Tour Travelers Championship Picks, Predictions & best bets from James Mason

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After a thrilling US Open that ended in Bryson DeChambeau lifting the trophy for the second time, the golfing action keeps on coming this week with the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship taking place at TPC River Highlands. With this being the eighth and final signature event of the campaign, the world’s leading players who may have opted to skip this tournament in the aftermath of a Major will instead be teeing it up. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is one of those who will be competing and it will be interesting to see how he responds after he bogeyed three of his last four holes at Pinehurst to see the US Open trophy slip out of his hands.

Travelers Championship golf picks and predictions

Brian Harman (+5500)

Odds available at FanDuel Sportsbook at time of publishing.

It’s safe to say McIlroy will be avoided this week after his US Open collapse, while the disappointing performance from Scottie Scheffler also makes it easy to swerve him, and the headline pick here goes to Brian Harman. The 37-year-old has been going along nicely over the last few weeks and he finished tied-21st at Pinehurst, his best Major finish of the season and his second top-25 result in his last three starts.

With the world number 11 preparing to defend the Claret Jug next month, he will be eager to keep delivering solid displays and he heads to a course he has shown an affinity for. Harman’s last three Travelers results read fifth, eighth and second, adding to his third in 2015, sixth in 2018 and ninth in 2019, and his game certainly suits this layout that is just 6,844 yards in length.

Scoring has been low at River Highlands over the past few editions with -19 or better the winning score in three of the last four years, which suggests a strong putter is needed. Harman wields the flat stick with authority, highlighted by his strokes gained: putting ranking of 24th, and he looks set for a strong week in Connecticut.

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Sam Burns (+4000)

Odds available at Bet365 at time of publishing.

The arrival of Sam Burns’ first child has helped to kickstart his season, with the LSU alum’s form since the birth reading T13-MC-T10-T15-T9, and he looks to have a good chance of being in contention this week. He finished strongly at Pinehurst with a final round of 67, the joint-best score on Sunday, and that helped him finish tied-ninth for his best Major result. Burns, who was third in strokes gained: putting and 15th off-the-tee at the US Open, is close to the form that has seen him win five PGA Tour titles, and a sixth triumph could be on the cards.

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