Fantasy Golf Picks for the Travelers

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The third major of the 2024 season is in the books and now it is time for the PGA Tour to travel to Cromwell, Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. This will be the final “signature event” of the season. The top golfers on the PGA Tour are all scheduled to tee it up Thursday, but we need to keep an eye out for some withdrawals since this will be the third week in a row that these golfers have been required to play. There should still be plenty of talent in the field to build some winning DFS lineups from.

 

COURSE BREAKDOWN

The host course this week will be TPC River Highlands. It is a par 70 which plays 6,840 yards in length. Accuracy off the tee will be important, just like the other Pete Dye designed courses. The course is short, so Greens in Regulation will be the most important stat. The PGA Tour often tries to hide the pins at the TPC River Highlands so the golfers who are accurate off the tee, hit the greens in the proper tear and can scramble around the greens will be the golfers you will want in your lineups.

Click here to see the course: TPC River Highlands

 

TRAVELERS KEY STATS

– Stroke Gained Approach

– Ball-Striking

– Par 4 Scoring 400 – 450 Yards

– Birdie or Better %

Here is the recent form and course history for each golfer this week: History and Form

 

 

TOP 30 GOLFERS

 

 

CORE GOLFERS FOR THE TRAVELERS

 

TRAVELERS STRATEGY

The most important thing to remember this week is to not remember…. Forget what you saw last week at the U.S. Open because the Travelers is a completely different style of golf. It is like comparing a race at Talladega to Sonoma. Keegan Bradley did not even come close to making the cut in the 2022 U.S. Open and then he returned the next week to win the Travelers. I expect some of the golfers who played poorly (Scottie Scheffler) to play well this week and some golfers who played well to struggle this week (Patrick Cantlay).

I have been starting my Cash Contest lineup with Scottie Scheffler for the tournaments he has been entered in. I will take a more balanced approach this week. It is not because I do not like Scheffler; it is because I love the $8K price range this week. I will have Scheffler in some of my Cash Contest lineups, but most will be filled with the $8K golfers.

My strategy for the Tournament Contest lineups will be just the opposite. I will use many “stars and scrubs” lineups with Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele or Ludvig Arberg. These are the three best golfers in this tournament and I want as much exposure to them as possible.

 

DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST

LUDVIG ARBERG ($10,200): If I am not going to pay up for Schottie Scheffler, I guess I will pay up for the next closest thing… Ludvig Arberg. All Arberg has done this year on the PGA Tour is make 12/13 cuts and finished six of his last seven tournaments in the top-14. He finished 24th in his first trip to the Travelers, but that was one of his first tournaments on the PGA Tour. I am picking Arberg to win, so I will start my Cash Contest lineup with the golfer from Sweden.

RUSSELL HENLEY ($8,600): I like steady golfers in my Cash Contest lineup and it is hard to find a golfer as reliable as Henley. He has made 13/14 cuts this year and he is coming off a career best (T-7) finish at the U.S. Open. The only weakness in Henley’s game is his length off-the-tee. TPC River Highlands is one of the shortest courses on the PGA Tour, so that should not be an issue this week.

COREY CONNERS ($8,400): Of course Conners is going to be in my Cash Contest lineup. I have been using Conners is almost every tournament he has played in for my Cash Contests. Conners has made 24 cuts in a row on the PGA Tour and he finished many of them in the top-25. Conners finished ninth at the Travelers last year. He should finish in the top-10 again this week.

BRIAN HARMAN ($8,300): Harman is the “horse for the course” this week. I have so much confidence in Harman this week that I will use him as one of my One & Done picks. Harman has finished 2nd, 8th, 5th, MC (Injured), 8th and 6th at the Travelers since 2017. Harman has also made six cuts in a row on the PGA Tour, with half of those finishes in the top-25. Harman has the recent form and course history to play well this week.

TOM KIM ($8,100): Kim is playing his best golf of his career right now. He has made nine cuts in a row and Kim finished four of his last five tournaments in the top-26. Kim ranks No. 9 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 7 in SG Approach and No. 14 overall in the key stats. I would not be surprised if Kim is competing for the win on Sunday.

LEE HODGES ($6,400): The Travelers is a no cut event so I have no problem taking a chance with a golfer from the lower-$6K price range in my Cash Contest lineup. Hodges seems to be miss-priced. He has made five cuts in a row. That includes a 12th-place finish at the Charles Schwab, 12th-place finish at the PGA Championship and 24th-place finish at the Wells Fargo. Some golfers say that TPC River Highlands is a second shot course. Hodges ranks No. 10 in SG Approach. This lineup should score well if Hodges finishes in the top-25 Sunday.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

XANDER SCHAUFFELE ($11,200): Schauffele was only “OK” last week at the U.S. Open. He will have a much better chance to win this week at the Travelers. Schauffele won this tournament in 2022. Now he enters after finishing his last four tournaments in the top-eight. That includes a win at the PGA Championship and a second-place finish at the Wells Fargo. Schauffele should be at the top of the leaderboard again Sunday.

COLLIN MORIKAWA ($9,800): Morikawa missed the cut in his last two trips to TPC River Highlands. That stat is a bit misleading though. That is like say Kyle Larson had the 34th best car at Iowa, because that is where he finished the race). Morikawa shot a 74 in round one and followed it up with a 63 on Friday (one shot off the course record). You typically do not see golfers shoot a 63 and miss the cut. Morikawa has the game to win this tournament, so I will take a chance with this elite ball-striker.

SEPP STRAKA ($7,900): Straka is playing too well right now to fade. He finished fifth at the Memorial, fifth at the Charles Schwab, eighth at the Wells Fargo and fifth at the RBC Heritage. That is three straight finishes in the top-10 in the last three signature events. Straka finished 10th at TPC River Highlands in 2021, so he does have some course history too.

CHRSITIAN BEZUIDENHOUT ($7,400): C-Bez has never made the cut at TPC River Highlands, but it is a small sample size. He is playing his best golf right now, so I will take a chance with the golfer from South Africa. C-Bez has finished 10 tournaments in the top-10 this year. He has one of the best short games in the field. C-Bez ranks No. 6 in Scrambling, No. 9 in SG Putting and No. 16 overall in the key stats. He is just too consistent right now to fade.

TAYLOR PENDRITH ($7,200): Another golfer who is playing the best golf of his career is Pendrith. He is coming off of T-16 finish in the U.S. Open. He is one of only five golfers who gained strokes off-the-tee, on approach, scrambling and putting last week. Pendrith ranks No.17 in the key stats, so I will trust the numbers and play the golfer from Canada this week.  

MICHAEL THORBORNSEN ($6,500): I have been anxiously waiting for Thorbornsen to enter the PGA Tour. He totally dominated college golf this year. I know there is a big difference in college golf and the PGA Tour, but his play is almost exactly like Ludvig Arberg when he moved from college golf to the PGA Tour last year. Thornbornsen is a total crap shoot this week, but this is a not cut event and Thorbornsen has the upside to finish in the top-25 Sunday.

 

Here are my lineups for Multi-Entry Tournament Contest: (Multi Entry Lineups)

 

 

FANDUEL CASH CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

FANDUEL TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

PGATOUR.COM FANTASY PICKS

This is the third tournament in Segment 3. This is the toughest segment to navigate. We had the signature event at the Memorial, the third major (U.S. Open), another signature event at the Travelers Championship, the Open Championship and the three FedEx Playoff events. The Top golfers in the world will be playing a lot over the summer, so we need to save some of our top golfers for the playoffs.  

 

 

FANTASY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK:  LUDVIG ARBERG (THE TRAVELERS)

Players in Fantasy Golf Championship One & Done so far: Xander Schauffele (7th), Viktor Hovland (15th), Rory McIlroy (4th), Colin Morikawa (3rd), Books Koepka (26th), Wyndham Clark (47th), Tom Hoge (41st), Matthew Fitzpatrick (28th), Jon Rahm (45th), Hideki Matsuyama (7th), Will Zalatoris (74th), Maverick McNealy (45th), Justin Thomas (MC), Scottie Scheffler (Won), Russell Henley (41st), Tony Finau (13TH), Sahith Theegala (37th), Sam Burns (3rd), Max Homa (66th), Jason Day (MC), Taylor Montgomery (61st), Corey Conners (57th)

 

SEASON-LONG ONE & DONE PICK:  BRIAN HARMAN (THE TRAVELERS)

One & Done picks used so far this season: Hideki Matsuyama (6th), Byeong Hun An (22nd), Rory McIlroy (4th), Colin Morikawa (3rd), Bryson DeChambeau (2nd), Max Homa (8th), K.H. Lee (59th), Adam Hadwin (10TH), Patrick Cantlay (3rd), Jon Rahm (45th), Corey Conners (25th), Keith Mitchell (MC), Sam Burns (MC), Shane Lowry (19th), Matthew Fitzpatrick (MC), Eric Cole (MC), Nicolai Hojgaard (52nd), Adam Scott (19th), J.T. Poston (MC), Jordan Spieth (39th), Keegan Bradley (43rd), Andrew Putnam (47th), Russell Henley (4th), Sungae Im (5th), Alex Noran (Won), Beau Hossler (15TH), Min Woo Lee (6th), Adam Schenk (MC), Eric Cole (35TH), Sahith Theegala (Won)

 

TRAVELERS BEST BETS

LUDVIG ARBERG (12-1)

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA (22-1)

RUSSELL HENLEY (25-1)

TOM KIM (40-1)

BRIAN HARMAN (40-1)

 

Good Luck This Week!!!!

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