7 Picks for Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, More

Click arrow to expand 2022 Travelers Championship odds via BetMGM

2022 Travelers Championship Odds

Golfer Odds
Rory McIlroy +1000
Scottie Scheffler +1000
Justin Thomas +1200
Patrick Cantlay +1400
Sam Burns +1800
Xander Schauffele +2000
Jordan Spieth +2500
Joaquin Niemann +2800
Sungjae Im +2800
Keegan Bradley +3300
Tony Finau +3300
Aaron Wise +4000
Davis Riley +4000
Mito Pereira +4000
Tommy Fleetwood +4000
Brendan Steele +5000
Brian Harman +5000
Marc Leishman +5000
Seamus Power +5000
Webb Simpson +5000
Harold Varner III +5000
Brendon Todd +6600
Denny McCarthy +6600
Jason Day +6600
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +6600
Keith Mitchell +6600
Cameron Tringale +8000
Jason Kokrak +8000
Joel Dahmen +8000
Maverick McNealy +8000
Si Woo Kim +8000
Aaron Rai +10000
Harris English +10000
KH Lee +10000
Kevin Kisner +10000
Tom Hoge +10000
Adam Long +12500
Alex Smalley +12500
CT Pan +12500
Cam Davis +12500
Doug Pin +12500
Jhonattan Vegas +12500
Kevin Streelman +12500
Luke List +12500
Mackenzie Hughes +12500
Russell Knox +12500
Sahith Theegala +12500
Anirban Lahiri +15000
Cameron Champ +15000
Charles Howell III +15000
Chez Reavie +15000
David Lipsky +15000
Emiliano Grillo +15000
Hank Lebioda +15000
James Hahn +15000
Lanto Griffin +15000
Lucas Glover +15000
Matthew NeSmith +15000
Nick Hardy +15000
Rickie Fowler +15000
Ryan Palmer +15000
Sepp Straka +15000
Dylan Fritelli +15000
Adam Schenk +20000
Adam Svensson +20000
Andrew Putnam +20000
Austin Smotherman +20000
Danny Willett +20000
Garrick Higgo +20000
JJ Spaun +20000
JT Poston +20000
John Huh +20000
Matt Wallace +20000
Matthew Wolff +20000
Scott Stallings +20000
Stewart Cink +20000
Troy Merritt +20000
Wyndham Clark +20000
Zach Johnson +20000
Brandt Snedeker +25000
Brice Garnett +25000
Callum Tarren +25000
Carlos Ortiz +25000
Chad Ramey +25000
Charley Hoffman +25000
Danny Lee +25000
Greyson Sigg +25000
Joseph Bramlett +25000
Kelly Kraft +25000
Kramer Hickok +25000
Martin Laird +25000
Matthias Schwab +25000
Nate Lashley +25000
Patton Kizzire +25000
Rory Sabbatini +25000
Scott Piercy +25000
Stephan Jaeger +25000
Tyler Duncan +25000
Austin Cook +30000
Christopher Gotterup +30000
Doc Redman +30000
Hayden Buckley +30000
Justin Lower +30000
Lee Hodges +30000
Vince Whaley +30000
Brandon Wu +35000
Brian Stuart +35000
Taylor Moore +35000
Ben Kohles +400000
Bill Haas +400000
Harry Higgs +400000
Henrik Norlander +400000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat +400000
Luke Donald +400000
Michael Gligic +400000
Peter Malnati +400000
Robert Streb +400000
Trey Mullinax +400000
Andrew Landry +50000
Andrew Novak +50000
Brandon Hagy +50000
David Skinns +50000
Dylan Wu +50000
Jared Wolfe +50000
Kevin Tway +50000
Max McGreevy +50000
Nick Watney +50000
Paul Barjon +50000
Richy Werenski +50000
Roger Sloan +50000
Ryan Brehm +50000
Scott Gutschewski +50000
Sung Kang +50000
Jim Herman +60000
Seth Reeves +60000
Benjamin James +75000
Chesson Hadley +75000
Cole Hammer +75000
Curtis Thompson +75000
Dawie van der Walt +75000
Martin Trainer +75000
Morgan Hoffmann +75000
William McGirt +75000
Brett Drewitt +75000
Joshua Creel +75000
Patrick Flavin +75000
Bo Hoag +75000
Conrad Shindler +75000
Ben Silverman +75000
Adam D’Amario +100000
JJ Henry +100000
Jonas Blixt +100000

We have a very strong field this week for the 2022 Travelers Championship, headlined by four of the six top-ranked players in the world, according to the Official World Golf Ranking, and the top four in the FedEx Cup standings, as well.

This week, TPC River Highlands in Connecticut will be one of the shortest courses players will see all year on the PGA TOUR. At less than 6,900 yards, it might be a ball-striker’s paradise, although the likes of Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson have found great success here.

Our staff is coming off a pair of good weeks, first hitting bets at +450, +120 and -115 odds for the RBC Canadian Open, then having Derek Farnsworth nail a big Matt Fitzpatrick prop winner at +1800 for the US Open.

Before the focus of the golf world (at least on the course) turns to the United Kingdom, check out our staff’s best bets for a big stop on the TOUR calendar.

2022 Travelers Championship Picks

Davis Riley +4500

Jason Sobel: As you’ve probably already noticed, he’s on the same trajectory as his buddy Will Zalatoris and some of the game’s other young twenty-something up-and-comers, just a year or so behind on the timeline. Maybe less.

Riley’s results in his last six starts suggest a lofty ceiling/floor combination: 31st-13th-4th-13th-9th-5th — and that doesn’t even include a playoff loss at the Valspar Championship back in March.

It’ll be a tall task taking down those big names, but in a small sample size, Riley has shown a propensity for playing his best golf when birdies are readily available, as they will be this week. I love taking a shot at this price.

Riley is 40-1 at most sportsbooks, but you can get him at 45-1 at WynnBet, as of Tuesday night.

Brendan Steele — Top 30 (+120)

Chris Murphy: One player jumping off the page for me this week is Brendan Steele. He really fits a lot of what I am looking for this week at TPC River Highlands, and his game is trending up heading into the tournament.

Steele has consecutive top-10 finishes in elite fields at the PGA Championship and the Memorial, where he achieved better than eight shots with his ball striking. He will look to continue that run of hot play into a tournament where he has posted top 25 finishes in two of his last three appearances, including a T6 back in 2020.

It looks like Steele will be a popular play in the DFS space, so I’ll look to get some exposure to him in betting markets. I’ve gone a bit conservative here with my best bet, but at plus money this one really stuck out. I will be looking to add him to the card across the board, even up to his longshot prospects of winning at the +6500 listed on FanDuel.

Patrick Cantlay +1400

Matt Vincenzi: Patrick Cantlay is everything I want in a golfer at TPC River Highlands. He has a solid overall game and can get hot enough to win tournaments with his putter. In the past, we’ve seen golfers get it done at The Travelers by doing a little bit of everything. In his past four starts at the course, Cantlay hasn’t finished worse than 15th.

Perhaps the most glaring identifier of a potential Cantlay victory is his success on Pete Dye designs. The 30-year-old ranks first in Strokes Gained: Total on Pete Dye designs. His team win earlier in the year at the Zurich Classic was also a Pete Dye design in TPC Louisiana.

If you exclude the major championships, which Cantlay has quarreled in for the most part through this point in his career, he has been knocked at the door for a win. He finished second at the RBC Heritage (also a Pete Dye design) and third at the Memorial Tournament prior to his 14th at the US Open.

Cantlay famously shot a 60 as an amateur at TPC River Highlands in 2011. He’s a birdie-maker who should enter the week under the radar and motivated to win another PGA TOUR event.

Patrick Cantlay +1400

Derek Farnsworth: This best bets article is filled with sharp golf minds, so it feels good to finally contribute with a winner at the US Open. I had Matt Fitzpatrick to win without the top-five favorites at +1800. It turns out I could have just bet him to win straight up at better odds, but I will gladly take the win.

This week, I am going to a golfer that has gotten a lot of criticism for his play in majors over the last few years. While his name was never featured near the top of the leaderboard, Cantlay put together a strong weekend to sneak into the top 15.

It’s gotten to the point where it’s surprising to see Cantlay not in contention in the non-majors. He has finished T14 or better in 10 of his last 14 starts on the PGA TOUR with two wins, two seconds, a third and two fourths during that stretch. He’s the best in this field in strokes achieved per round on Pete Dye courses, and he’s finished in the top 15 at this event in all four of his appearances. He doesn’t have a weakness in his game and putts his best on bent/poa greens.

Scottie Scheffler — Top 5, Patrick Cantlay — Top 10 and Xander Schauffele — Top 20 (+2000)

Rob Bolton: I mean, c’mon. Why do ya gotta do this to me, FanDuel?

Twenty times the kickback for a guy (Scheffler) with four wins and a pair of seconds in his last dozen starts, another guy (Cantlay) with three podium finishes in his last five, and yet another (Schauffele) with five consecutive top 20s upon arrival? Understand this is an and-proposition and not an or-, but, uh, for the sake of asking, what’s your limit for units investments? #RhetoricalQ

Of course this won’t pay out. It’s too obvious. Oh, and I don’t think I’ve hit on one of these yet. (Insert reverse fantasy/betting analyst jinx here, please.) But damn, they’re fun!

Marc Leishman +5000

Joshua Perry: Leishman wasn’t at his best off the tee at the US Open, but everything else was in good shape last week on his way to finishing 14th.

This has also been a good spot for him. He picked up his first PGA TOUR win on this course in 2012 and has five more top-25s since that result.

Brian Harman — Top 10 (+430)

Landon Silinsky: Harman looked pretty good last week at The Country Club, making the cut and playing well for three rounds before stubbing his toe on Sunday, which dropped him to a share of 43rd place. He will likely bounce back pretty quickly this week at one of his favorite courses on the PGA TOUR circuit.

In 10 starts at TPC River Highlands since 2012, Harman has made the cut eight times, finishing inside the top 10 in four of those starts.

Outside of a brutal missed cut at Colonial when he was the chalk of the week in DFS, Harman has been pretty consistent this season, making 11-of-14 cuts since the calendar flipped to 2022. He’s been firing on all cylinders across his past eight starts or so, ranking 16th in this field in Total Strokes Gained, 19th in SG: Ball-Striking and 38th in SG: Putting in that time.

Harman will not be nearly as popular this week as he was at Colonial, but his history at this event is too strong to ignore. Another top-10 finish is firmly on the table.

Mito Pereira +5000

Bryan Berryman: TPC River Highlands has been a staple on the PGA Tour for over 30 years. The short, yet exciting, layout demands accuracy off the tee, with players having to navigate gnarly rough, fairway bunkers and water hazards that await any poorly struck tee shot.

I’m looking for players that possess a combination of accuracy off the tee and strong wedge play for my betting card this week. Mito Pereira fits that mold.

The 6,841-yard layout will mean an abundance of approach shots coming from 125-150 yards, a range in which the Chilean ranks first in this field in proximity to the hole over the last 24 rounds. Over this same stretch, Pereira ranks sixth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and seventh in SG: Approach. To boot, he’s hit 64% of his fairways and 70% of his greens in regulation over the last 12 months.

All of these statistics point towards Pereira having a breakout week. Coming off a missed cut at last week’s US Open, I believe this number is a bit inflated and presenting very strong value. The course sets up in a way that should put him in plenty of positions to capitalize on the strengths of his game.

You can still get Pereira at 50-1 at PointsBet, BetRivers and WynnBet as of Tuesday night.

Leave a Comment