I just seem to be the biggest jinx for OAD picks where almost all my picks start so nice and look like they will make a run at the win and then you have Rahm where he was in 1st place on Saturday going to the 18th hole and makes a double. Ok that’s cool. Still 1 back from winning, nope let me go and post an awful score and suck all day making one birdie. Welp I can officially say my OAD career is over and will be focusing on DFS solely. Last week was insane where a lot of chalky plays missed and a few of them on the number. We move on from the U.S. Open and will put together an article to smash The Travelers and I will not sleep until we hit a huge number soon. Let’s get to it baby!!
This week we don’t move very far from the U.S. Open when we move to TPC River Highlands in Connecticut where they host The Travelers Championship. This course is a super short course where it can be gettable by all but the rough is where you will be tested if you hit it in. The course is a 6,841-yard par 70 with the standard four par 3’s two par 5’s and twelve par 4’s. This course can give some low numbers out but in the last 10 years has not gone past -20 and we probably see the same this week. You will want great ball strikers who can hit the fairways and greens. If your guy is not hitting greens, he will have a tough scramble, but don’t expect them to do well anyways because these greens are some of the easiest to hit on tour. These greens once again are Bent with Poa blend. This course is a Pete Dye design so we will be looking for guys who have done well on similar setups. Pete Dye courses have their specific traits and are usually second shot courses. This field is not terrible seeing how we are not far from last week’s U.S. Open, and golfers did not have to travel very far. Also, golfers that have qualified for the Open Championship will probably stay here and fly out next week. I am going to break down each player that I personally like. If the golfer is not listed, I will usually have a reason and you are more than welcome to ask questions in Discord. I can give you my thoughts on individual golfers not listed.
Stats I am Looking at:
- SG: OTT
- SG: APP
- BoB Gained
- Prox 125-250
- SG: T2G
- Opps gained
Rory Mcllroy (Cash/GPP)
My guy up top here. He has played great lately, and in this field, I believe he can win this tournament. Hasn’t finished outside the top 20 the last 3 times played here.
Scottie Scheffler (Cash/GPP)
I prefer Rory at this tournament, but Scottie has the tools and the talent to win. He had a tough break at the U.S. Open, but he can do well again this week. We have seen him win a few tournaments in a small timeframe.
Sam Burns (GPP)
This guy is the definition of boom or bust. He has massive upside but I’m sure at this course, which he fits well, he might be a bit chalky. I don’t mind eating it though in GPP because if he’s on he will win.
Patrick Cantlay (Cash/GPP)
I hate having so many guys above $10k but he is the Pete Dye specialist and has the talent. I don’t think he wins, so he won’t be a top play.
Joaquin Niemann (Cash/GPP)
Plays well at Pete Dye courses and has a top 5 at this specific course alone. His stats also line up well for me and I can see a good week out of him.
Keegan Bradley (Cash/GPP)
This is a great course for Mr. Keegan, and I hope he can play well just like last week. I can see him finishing top 20 with upside for a lot more.
Harold Varner III (Cash/GPP)
I really don’t know why he has not done great at this course in the past. His stats come in 12th in my model on Pete Dye courses and not far behind on my regular model. It looks like the last couple times here he was great T2G but lost OTT last year and a bit with the putter. He seems to setup great for me.
Mito Pereira (Cash/GPP)
He will give himself plenty of scoring opportunities and could for sure take advantage of them. Comes in 6th in my model this week and while he is 38th in BoB gained that is fine because he is 4th in opportunities and can have a great week.
Brian Harman (Cash/GPP)
Playing pretty good golf lately and also plays amazing at this course with 3 top 10’s in the last 5 times played here.
Brendan Steele (GPP)
Should be chalky this week in my opinion but he is great on Pete dye courses. He is listed GPP because he is all over the place sometimes.
Joel Dahmen (Cash)
I only like him for cash this week. He should make the cut at this course and get you into the cash line.
Si Woo Kim (Cash/GPP)
It would not surprise me at all to see Si Woo be chalk this week. One of the best Pete Dye course players in the field and I am willing to take him.
Kevin Kisner (GPP)
Some of the worst form I have ever seen from him, but this is his type of course and just looking at his last three times on this course. He has two top 15s along with having good finishes on comp courses.
Charles Howell III (Cash/GPP)
Intriguing play here and one that I think will be a bit sneaky. He has played decent lately and has done well at some comp courses so I’m willing to ride the train.
Kevin Streelman (GPP)
God awful recent form but plays Pete Dye courses well and can make the cut which would be great.
Doug Ghim (GPP)
I would love for him to continue to go in the right direction and I think he can finish top 25 this week.
Lanto Griffin (Cash/GPP)
He is good on easy courses and putting on bent is good for him. I believe he can score some birdies and put himself in an opportunity to make the weekend and move up the leaderboard.
Emiliano Grillo (GPP)
He always finds a way to screw me but if his putter is on, he will have the chance to make the cut and have some big upside in the process.
Ryan Palmer (GPP)
Going to be a very risky play but is a good golfer on Pete Dye and also on shorter courses.
Stewart Cink (Cash/GPP)
His off the tee game is his weak part and if he can find that he will do well. Plays comp courses nicely and his stats are showing up on Pete Dye courses.
Erik Van Rooyen (GPP)
Call me crazy all you would like but I’m very heavy on EVR this week. Yes, his form is atrocious, but I think he sets up well here and plays great at comp courses.
Adam Svensson (Cash/GPP)
I really want him to do good because he has the talent and his irons are great. He plays well on shorter courses. If his putter is good, then he should put out a good finish for his price.
Charley Hoffman (GPP)
If he is starting to get healthy this price is criminal and one I will go all in on. Stats are good and plays Pete Dye courses well.
- Sam Burns
- Kevin Kisner