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The United States Open is supposed to be one of the best week’s of my year. Instead, it was a terrible reminder not only of how cruel playing the odds can be, but how devastatingly bad my picks have been lately. I’ve been shut out more than a nerd at a bar…but I digress…

It’s been a common refrain, I know — but this week is another week and another chance to get back on the good side of the ledger. The Travelers Championship is a favorite among tour stars and fans alike and this year’s edition should prove to be one of the greatest in the events history.

With a deeper field than ever and many of the top players in the world making their first trip to TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth headline a field fully of guys trying to earn valuable FedExCup points blah blah blah.

All you or I care about is who is going to win.

Well — I’ll tell you:

Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands – Cromwell, Connecticut
June 22 – 25, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Jordan Spieth 9/1
Rory McIlroy 10/1
Jason Day 12/1
Justin Thomas 12/1
Paul Casey 20/1
Patrick Reed 25/1
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
Bubba Watson 30/1
Daniel Berger 30/1
Marc Leishman 30/1
Brendan Steele 30/1
Brian Harman 40/1
Charley Hoffman 40/1
Tony Finau 40/1
Kyle Stanley 40/1
Bud Cauley 50/1
Byeong Hun An 50/1
Graham DeLaet 50/1
Webb Simpson 60/1
Zach Johnson 60/1
Emiliano Grillo 60/1
Adam Hadwin 60/1
Russell Knox 60/1
Jim Furyk 80/1
Danny Lee 80/1
Jamie Lovemark 80/1
Kevin Tway 80/1
David Lingmerth 80/1
Harris English 80/1
Kevin Streelman 80/1
William McGirt 80/1
Kevin Na 80/1
Ryan Palmer 80/1
Chez Reavie 80/1
Keegan Bradley 100/1
Xander Schauffele 100/1
Anirban Lahiri 100/1
Chad Campbell 100/1
Lucas Glover 100/1
Seung-Yul Noh 100/1
Wesley Bryan 100/1
Daniel Summerhays 100/1
Sung Kang 100/1
Martin Laird 100/1
Luke Donald 125/1
Trey Mullinax 100/1
Scott Piercy 150/1
Patrick Rodgers 150/1
Bryson DeChambeau 250/1
Field (all others) 5/2

Mortal Locks: 

Rory McIlroy — Be still my beating heart! Rory McIlroy is teeing up 40 minutes from Casa de Golfstradamus?? This is going to be amazing. I’m going to buy him so much beer on Wednesday. Rors and Golfstradamus are gonna turn Hartford on its head! Well, probably not. I can’t get Karen Gillan to answer my tweets I doubt very much I can get Rory McIlroy to come drinking with me. Any way — I love the Irishman on this track. It can easily be overpowered and a good week on the greens will make the difference. At 10/1, go ahead and bet the farm.

Bubba Watson — If you’re ever going to bet on Bubba Watson, this is certainly the week. The dude practically owns the deed to TPC River Highlands. It seems like every time he’s here he’s winning or almost winning. Or whining. He does that a lot, too. But this week, he’s getting 30/1 money — which is always great for someone who has won two major titles and in the prime of their career, but it’s incredible for Watson at this particular event. You’d be a total fool to pass him up this week.

Bang for Your Buck: 

Marc Leishman — It’s always easy to fall victim to the idea that, because a guy had a decent week the previous week that he’s going to be able to ride some invisible wave of momentum into the next tournament and take home the trophy — especially on the heels of a major. Last week at the U.S. Open, Marc Leishman opened strong and faded late, so I don’t see any “momentum” there. That said, he’s great at TPC River Highlands and that’s why I’m taking him this week. At 30/1, you could do a lot worse.

Charley Hoffman — Another horse for the course this week is Charley Hoffman. If you told me Hoffman had won this tournament already, I’d have believed you. It feels like he has, certainly, but this week could be the time he finally does. Not only does Hoffman feel as comfortable as an old pair of slippers at TPC, he’s also playing well. That perfect storm means one of two things: A win, or a missed cut. I’m banking — literally — on the former and not the latter. At 40/1, you can’t go wrong.

Paul Casey — It’s always nice when the odds makers throw you a bone and that’s exactly what Paul Casey is this week. Few players are as talented at Casey and even fewer of this are still winless on Tour. Casey is still looking for his maiden victory in the states, but he returns to a track he quite likes and came oh-so-close to taming in 2015. He lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson that year. This time around, I look for Casey to prosper — and at 20/1, when he wins, you’ll win.

There you have it, friends and degenerates! Until next time, go and choose wisely….

-Golfstradamus

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