Will big money ride with big Mo? That’s one question West Virginia golf bettors will address when the Travelers Championship unfolds Thursday-Sunday in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The “Mo,” as in momentum, belongs to Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler, the early +900 co-favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook WV. McIlroy finished fifth and Scheffler was tied for second, just one stroke behind eventual winner Matt Fitzpatrick, in the US Open.
Next up is Justin Thomas at +1000, Patrick Cantlay at +1400, and Xander Schauffele at +2000.
How to watch the 2022 Travelers Championship
- Thursday-Friday: Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday: Golf Channel, 1-3 p.m., CBS 3-6 p.m.
Travelers Championship odds at WV sportsbooks
Some names we mentioned here last week produced winning tickets for Mountain State bettors.
McIlroy had been riding a Canadian Open win and was heavily bet. He delivered a top-five finish.
Masters winner Scheffler is playing well again, and he was a solid price that paid off in the third.
So was Fitzpatrick. We mentioned him as a hidden value at +130 for the top 20, and even more, for bettors who played him across the board, meaning to win, hit the top five, and the top 10.
Fitzpatrick gained further support during the week when Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, listed him as a legitimate outside threat at 31-1.
And one bettor went all in, cashing $31,000 on a $1,000 bet on Fitzpatrick. It was an aggressive wager on the hunch that Fitzpatrick would have the only victory at The Country Club course in the entire field, even if that happened as an amateur in 2013.
And now bettors turn the page. Fitzpatrick is taking the week off, but the field is stacked.
Examining TPC River Highlands
It’s the second shortest course on the tour at 6,841 yards, enlarging the possibility of second-tier players reaching greens in regulation with chances to birdie. One could think of the unimposing course as a breaking-ball pitcher who speeds up average hitters’ bats.
That’s why a player like Sungjae Im, at +3500, might get a look. If he ever catches fire with the blade, look out.
The terrain is player friendly. Some holes have impressive distance, but most of them are unguarded directly in front. These players should be in a position to score well off the benign set of obstacles.
Whereas the US Open had a winning score of -6 last week, this one was -12 last year and should be in double figures again. That sets up opportunities for gamblers who like to wager on next-hole bets.
For next-hole bettors, the fourth is a bogey chance. It is a 481-yard dogleg right, in which a long drive and solid second shot are needed to reach the green in regulation. Some of the longer hitters may try to cut off yardage on the right.
After three holes that present scoring opportunities, this one is a threat to take one back. A par on this hole is excellent.
Hole No. 10, 462 yards
This one is a test because of its narrow fairway, but the hole is long enough that players may be reluctant to take a safe low iron off the tee for the sake of accuracy. This one is a good battle between player and course layout.
Hole No. 6 is a 574-yard par 5. It’s long enough to demand three good shots but straightforward enough that the entire field should be hitting a short chip into the green in search of a birdie. This one is a confidence booster.
Hole No. 13, 523 yards
It is reachable in two shots by most players. The hole plays slightly downhill, but a miss right will end up in a small lake. A miss too far left in the fairway makes it harder for a player to get to the green in two.
That dilemma usually concerns amateurs or a player feeling pressure. Many will go for the green in two only if they are in perfect condition after the drive.
There are two ways players assess a hole like this. One, there is a remote chance for an eagle and an excellent birdie opportunity. Two, anything less than birdie will appear deflating.
Recent betting history with the PGA Tour
Last year brought the will there be a playoff prop, usually in the +300 range, into play at WV sportsbooks. It was a playoff for the ages.
Harris English prevailed in a whopping eight-hole playoff to defeat Kramer Hickok last year. He’s +10000 (100-1) now, coming off a 61st place last week.
They had just enough to best Marc Leishman, the 2012 Travelers winner, who was attempting to win for the second time. Leishman finished with a bogey-free round of 64 to finish at 12-under, one behind the leaders.