Top Betting Picks for the 2021 Travelers Championship

| June 22, 2021 6:20 am PDT

We hit a winner!

Thanks to Jon Rahm’s exquisite display down the stretch at Torrey Pines, my prediction for who would win the 2021 US Open came to fruition. We won’t spend too much time patting ourselves on the back as Jon was the pre-tournament favorite; nevertheless, +1000 payouts are always a pleasurable sight.

As the PGA Tour action journeys across the country to the North East, the next task at hand is to scope out who’s primed to play well in Cromwell. TPC River Highlands is a lush par-70 design that conduces low scoring – this is the venue that yielded Jim Furyk’s record 58 in 2016.

5 of the top-10 players in the world are here; the conditions forecast to be favorable. Let’s get to some Travelers Championship predictions.

Travelers Championship Sleeper Picks in 2021

I’ll start with a couple of sleeper picks for the Travelers Championship. After all, it’s 2021, and we’ve seen longshots emerge at this tournament during odd-numbered years before.

  • 2019 – Chez Reavie
  • 2013 – Ken Duke
  • 2011 – Freddie Jacobson

Chez Reavie (+14000)

Chez makes a living by picking apart golf courses just like TPC River Highlands. The 2019 Travelers Championship winner has won four times as a professional (2 PGA Tour, 2 Korn Ferry Tour) – all coming on either par-70 or par-71 golf courses.

Despite struggling for the better part of 2021, Reavie’s shown signs of life over the past two weeks that had me excited about his +14000 price tag available at XBet. Chez followed a T14 at Congaree with a T40 at the US Open – an opportunity that came by virtue of earning medalist honors at the sectional qualifying site in Ohio.

Worth noting, Reavie gained 5.03 strokes with his approach shots last week at Torrey Pines. That was slightly better than Jon Rahm (4.99).

Brandt Snedeker (+11000)

Quietly arriving, having connected on seven straight cuts, “Sneds” is seemingly close to putting it “all together.” Brandt’s recent surge includes a pair of top-6 finishes and two other top-17s; plus, we know he feels comfortable at this particular layout.

Three top-15s at this event are buoyed by a couple of 63s and a couple of 64s.

Lurking at some of the best golf sportsbooks at +11000, I’m locking Snedeker in as one of my Travelers Championship betting picks.

Top-20 Finish – Kevin Streelman (+150)

Don’t ask me why Kevin Streelman’s top-20 price tag is +150 – just be happy the number is as juicy as it is. As far as course history goes, the guy is about as rock-solid as it gets when he steps foot on this track. On top of winning the 2014 Travelers Championship, “Streels” finished runner-up here in 2020, 15th here in 2019, and 8th here in 2017.

Since closing with 64 in the 2017 edition, Kevin has reeled off another 12 straight rounds in the 60s at TPC River Highlands.

Transitioning to a discussion about recent form, Streelman saunters into Cromwell in search of his fifth consecutive top-20.

Kevin Streelman’s Last Four Starts
Date Tournament Result
6/20 US Open T15
6/6 The Memorial Tournament T13
5/30 Charles Schwab Challenge T20
5/23 PGA Championship T8

Ranked inside the top-25 on tour in par-3 and par-4 scoring (96th in par-5 scoring average), it’s no wonder Kevin enjoys this layout so much. There are just two par 5s at TPC River Highlands.

Matchup Bet – Sam Burns (+110) Over Si Woo Kim

Staying on the “plus-money” theme with my Travelers Championship picks, I like Sam Burns over Si Woo Kim in the pool of H2H matchups. Each man has a victory and eight top-25s on the season, and each man has a WD on their resume within their last three starts.

That’s about where the similarities end.

I’m keying in on a trio of statistics at a relatively easy golf course with benign conditions.

  • Driving Distance
  • SG: Approach
  • SG: Putting

Assessing how Si Woo stacks up with Sam on these three fronts, there’s no question who has the edge.

Driver Driving Distance SG: Approach SG: Putting
Sam Burns 305.8 (30) .587 (20) .486 (22)
Si Woo Kim 295.8 (111) .221 (69) .019 (113)

*PGA Tour rank shown in parenthesis

By my evaluation, the bookies have the wrong guy favored.

2021 Travelers Championship Pick to Win

He hasn’t been hurt. He’s not going through swing changes. Matthew Wolff simply needed a break from trying to be so perfect. After tasting contention and having a front-row seat to Jon Rahm’s Sunday performance, Matthew Wolff is positioned to strike in Connecticut.

Among the 12 players who gained at least four strokes with their flat stick at Torrey Pines, Wolff was the only one who also gained at least four strokes off the tee.

Matthew handled his emotions exceptionally at the US Open and is in a good place mentally. He’s hungry and motivated to attack, and he’s swinging and putting well. In other words, +4500 is too attractive of a number to let go unattended.

  • Matthew Wolff
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