TPC River Highlands, the site of this week’s Travelers Championship, is just over 6,800 yards but will play differently than the other short courses the PGA Tour has visited over the past two weeks. At River Highlands, unlike at Colonial and Harbour Town, there are plenty of opportunities to be aggressive with driver off the tee. So two main types of players will be good bets this week: 1) long, accurate drivers or 2) plodders who position themselves to stick wedges from 100 to 150 yards.
Here are a few players to target for DraftKings and one-and-done leagues:
Bryson DeChambeau $11,000
This is the first post-shutdown event where Bryson can truly show off his new and much-discussed distance with the driver. Over the past two weeks, he was forced to “leash the Kraken” and lay up on a fair number of holes. This week, I expect him to try to bomb and gouge his way to victory. DeChambeau has played the in all of the past four Travelers Championships and finished inside the top 10 in the past two.
Abraham Ancer $9,000
Ancer is dialed in right now. He finished second last week at the RBC Heritage, hitting 65 out of 72 greens in regulation! He is excellent with the driver and solid with the wedges. In the past two weeks, he has gained a total of 23 strokes tee to green. Now he heads to a course that will reward his ball-striking and where he finished eighth last year.
A three-time champion of this event, Watson has been solid the past two weeks on courses that didn’t necessarily fit his game. TPC River Highlands, on the other hand, is his favorite course on Tour.
The Travelers Championship is one of the best fits for Casey on the schedule. He has played this event five times and has racked up four top-five finishes. His driver-wedge game is top-notch. Yes, Casey might be rusty, as this is his first event back. But I don’t see many other spots where I’d use him this year.