Travelers Championship Golf Betting Preview
June 23, 2015|Posted in: General
Weekly Betting preview for the PGA Tour
Before taking a look at the Travelers Championship, I’ll start with a look back at last weeks U.S.Open. From a betting point of view it was a little disappointing. My three picks all made the weekend with little problems, but none of them ever really got into contention, the lowest round from any of them being a 69, when a 66 or a 67 was needed at some point. This means overall that we’re making a 7% loss on the year so far, which is frustrating and the long run of little success since the Masters continues. However, in golf betting long losing runs are certain to happen, and a couple of wins will see that number go from a negative to a positive very quickly.
How good is Jordan Spieth? Back to back Majors and the calendar grand slam is on. In recent years in golf, there has been a lot of talk about a career grand slam, much of this chat about Rory McIlroy and his pursuit of the Masters. But, a calendar grand slam is a different animal completely and it’s something I never expect to see in my lifetime. However, with 2 of the 4 in the bag, you have to say Spieth has a shot and the confidence of youth already means that he is talking up his prospects of a successful run at St. Andrews. If he could manage to bag the Open next month, the U.S. PGA could be the most exciting golf tournament we’ve seen in years. According to the Official Golf World Rankings, Rory McIlroy is the world number one right now, but both him and Jordan Spieth know that is not really the case.
So onto the Travelers Championship. The week after a Major Championship is always something of a strange one, where the excitement levels drop a little, although with just three tournaments until the next Major, I guess the build up to that starts now. Neither Rory or Jordan play this week and new world number three Dustin Johnson also misses out this week – Bubba Watson at number 5 in the world being the highest ranked player in the field. I actually found solid reasons this week NOT to back many of the players at the top of the market, so my picks are at slightly larger prices than normal this week.
Travelers Championship 2015 Picks
Kevin Na 2 pts E.W 40/1 Bet 365
I’ve become a big fan of Kevin Na this season – a player who seems to be in the mix at some point every time he tees it up. A look at his recent form shows amazing consistency – 11 tournaments with no missed cuts and a top 20 finish in 8 of these. However, there is one glaring omission in the lack of a single top 5 finish. This is a little bit of a worry, but this is exactly the kind of event where Na could flourish, where the spotlight isn’t quite so glaring. Na has won on the PGA tour and did finish 2nd twice in 2014 so he has definitely got it in him.
Harris English 1.5 pts E.W 45/1 Betfred
English is one of those players who you think is on the verge of a breakthrough into the top echelons of the game, but hasn’t quite stepped up yet. The 25 year old Georgian has slipped back a little in the last year, now ranked 73rd in the world after being as high as 36th in the early part of 2014. However, it’s not all been bad , as he has achieved both a 2nd and a 3rd place finish on the tour this year. English came into this tournament last year in the middle of a bad run and managed a 7th place finish, so will head to Connecticut with some confidence. With two wins on the PGA tour, he certainly knows how to get the job done on Sunday if he is in contention.
Graham Delaet 1.5 pts E.W 80/1 BetVictor
Although a few years older, I could say many of the same things about Graham Delaet that I said about Harris English. It’s been something of a struggle for the Canadian in recent months, starting off the year with a series of missed cuts. However recent tournaments have seen an upturn in form, with finishes of 56th, 53rd, 22nd and 26th in his last four outings. This is a nice progression and he heads to a tournament where he knows he can shoot low – he has two 65′s here in 2013 when he finished 3rd.
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by Chasing Jack