2021 Travelers Championship Odds: PGA Betting Preview

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This week’s PGA Tour stop, The Travelers Championship, certainly lives up to its name.

After all, the tournament is being held at TPC River Highlands in the northeast corner of the U.S. in Cromwell, CT. That’s 2,897 miles from last week’s site, Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA, and the U.S. Open.

But despite the long-distance commute (granted, the PGA Tour players and their caddies won’t be jumping in the old station wagon and driving that far), the field is packed with big-names who did play in the U.S. Open.

Surprised? Well, you probably shouldn’t be. The Travelers Championship is one of those tournaments that is a cornerstone event. It’s been played since 1952 when it was known as the Insurance City Open and won by Ted Kroll.

Since those beginnings, the stars have shone brightly here with winners like Gene Littler, Billy Casper, Phil Mickelson (twice), Bubba Watson (three times), and Dustin Johnson (the defending champion) walking the fairways.

2021 Travelers Championship Odds By DraftKings

Travelers ChampionshipDraftKings Odds
Bryson DeChambeau+1200
Dustin Johnson+1200
Patrick Cantlay+1600
Paul Casey+1800
Brooks Koepka+1800
Brian Harman+2000

Yes, It’s An Impressive Field

Start with Johnson as the defending champion and throw in the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Marc Leishman and other stars and you’ve got a field that will impress…and be tough to beat.

With that in mind, it might behoove us to look at players who didn’t have to travel cross country to tee it up this week. Guys who got here a little early, had time to scout the course a little and also, and this is vital, relax.

It doesn’t matter if you’re flying private or not, the time spent getting from Point A to Point B, especially when it’s almost 3,000 miles away, takes its toll. It’s not easy to get off the plane, grab the clubs and hit the ground running.

But then again, this is what these guys do for a living.

It’s Not A Major…But That’s Okay

While some players live for the majors (hint: Brooks Koepka), there are those who simply tee it up each and every week just trying to find that magic formula that will get them into the winner’s circle. Or, in some cases, back into the winner’s circle after a few weeks, months or years missing out.

With that in mind, let’s narrow down the full-field list to a handful we think may pocket that huge paycheck along with all of the other perks that come with a victory on the Tour.

Horses For The Course

Playing here, and with success, in past years is always a good starting factor. Has your favorite done well on this course? That doesn’t necessarily mean a victory but a high finish or two goes a long way to deciding if you want to put a couple of bucks down on a player.

With that in mind, there are certainly top-ranked and middle-of-the-pack players to consider.

At the top is Johnson at +1200. The defending champ is the favorite and as the No. 1-ranked player in the world that’s an easy choice.

But for those looking for a better payday, there are a plethora of choices.

One of those is three-time champ of this event Bubba Watson at +5000. He’s not on most bettors’ radar right now but three wins in any tournament over the years will do a lot to straighten out a player’s mind as well as his drives. Can he put it together and post win No. 4? If there’s a tournament he will have the chance to win coming down the home stretch of the FedEx Cup race this is it.

Plus, he’s coming off a solid performance at the U.S. Open so the form is rounding out nicely.

Those With Long Odds To Consider

We’ll start with Kevin Streelman at a generous +3000. He won here in 2014 and was solo second last year so there’s recent success as well as that victory. Streelman’s got a run of four straight tournaments where he’s been T-26 or better (including a T-15 at last week’s U.S. Open) so he’s playing solid golf. Put a PGA Tour player on a course where he’s had success and anything can happen.

It’s the same with Phil Mickelson at +7000. He won the PGA Championship this year, his sixth major, and had back-to-back victories here. Granted those wins came in 2001 and 2002 but nevertheless he has won here and a lot of players in this field can’t say that.

He struggled last week over the weekend at the U.S. Open but that simply may have been the fact he was playing in his backyard and was trying to complete the career grand slam. That’s a lot of pressure.

Put him on this course without the pressure and there’s a possibility he might find the winner’s circle again.

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Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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