Travelers Championship Preview: Rory McIlroy the favourite but Keegan Bradley can win birdie-fest

Posted by Dave Gray on

With an incredible US Open just behind us, the PGA Tour stays in New England for the Travelers Championship. 

It has been another week where the LIV Tour has dominated the news cycle with Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer officially joining the breakaway tour. 

 

Often after a major the field can be on the weak side, but that is not the case here with many of the biggest names in golf in attendance at TPC River Highlands. 

In form Rory McIlroy comes into the event as favourite but Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Sam Burns will all fancy their chances here. Thomas is the only of those that has actually had a top 10 around this track in the past though.  

Some big names have won the event. Dustin Johnson two years ago and Bubba Watson on three occasions but it often throws up an unexpected winner so this is a very open tournament.  

Scoring should be low. You have to go back to 1993 to find the last time this was not won with a double digit under par score. Patrick Cantlay - still an amateur at the time - shot a 60 as a 19-year-old, and perhaps more famously, it was the venue for Jim Furyk's PGA Tour record 58 in 2007.  

The course is going to give up a lot of birdies and so often this event comes down to who can hole the most putts. The fairways are generous and players will be hitting plenty of greens. So getting it going with the flat stick is imperative. 

Picking a winner for the event is hard because of just how much of a shootout this event can become. McIlroy is hard to back against with how he has played of late. He can make birdies with the best of them and should be right there. But it is local boy Keegan Bradley that is the Gray's Golf pick for this one.  

He has four top 10s in his past eight starts and played really well last week at the US Open. The extra motivation that a home crowd can give can be the thing that gets him over the line for his first win since 2018. 

 


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