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The Travelers Championship Predictions: Count on Cantlay

Written by: Dave Tindall
Updated June 18, 2024
7 min read
  • This is the final Signature Event of the season

  • Local favorite Keegan Bradley took the title last year  

  • Scottie Scheffler is the hot favorite again

Travelers Championship 2024 Odds

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Player Odds 
Scottie Scheffler +350
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Xander Schauffele +700
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Collin Morikawa +1100
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Ludvig Aberg +1400
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Patrick Cantlay +1800
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Viktor Hovland +2000
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Sam Burns +2200
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Tommy Fleetwood +2500
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Russell Henley +2500
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Hideki Matsuyama +2500
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Travelers Championship 2024 Predictions

Travelers Championship 2024 Predictions

Travelers Championship 2024 Intro

There may be an element of overkill but the desire to get the PGA Tour’s best players together more often is certainly playing out lately.

The Travelers Championship used to be a fairly gentle pit stop, many of the leading lights choosing to skip it as they planned their summer schedule.

But this year it’s been given Signature status, meaning the elite gather again once more.

That means the last three events on the PGA Tour have been Signature-Major-Signature.

The one obvious difference this week for the limited 71-man field is that TPC River Highlands will offer a far easier test than Muirfield Village or Pinehurst No.2.

Scottie Scheffler won The Memorial Tournament with -8 while -6 was enough for Bryson DeChambeau to get it done in the US Open.

Talking of the US Open, the dramatic finish there has had an effect on this week’s field.

Rory McIlroy was due to start here and had been priced at +700. 

But understandably, he’s withdrawn, releasing a statement on X congratulating DeChambeau and saying he’d be back in a few weeks after he’s processed his late collapse at Pinehurst.

Others may feel a little shredded too after last week’s test but at least TPC River Highlands will yield far more birdies and not be as mentally challenging.

It deserves respect but the par 70 measures just 6,835 yards and five of the last six editions have been won with -17 or better.  

Last 5 Winners of the Travelers Championship

YearChampion, nationality and winning score
2023Keegan Bradley (United States) -23 
2022Xander Schauffele (United States) -19 
2021Harris English (United States) -13 
2020Dustin Johnson (United States) -19 
2019Chez Reavie (United States) -17

Course Notes

  • The course opened in the 1920s but was redesigned by Pete Dye in 1982

  • TPC River Highlands is a par 70 featuring poa annua greens

  • Jim Furyk shot a 58 there in the final round in 2016

  • Keegan Bradley posted the record 72-hole aggregate score of 257 last year 

Favorites to Win the Travelers Championship 2024

Scottie Scheffler (+350) at BetMGM

The World No.1 was red-hot favorite last week after winning The PLAYERS Championship, The Masters and The Memorial in the build-up. But Pinehurst No.2 totally got the better of him, Scheffler showing previously unseen levels of frustration on his way to tied 41st - easily his worst finish of the season. He could probably do with a week off but is still the one to beat and has improved his finish on each visit to TPC River Highlands: MC-47-13-4. 

Bet on Scottie Scheffler (+350) at BetMGM 

Xander Schauffele (+700) at BetMGM

Schauffele continued his stellar season with another big showing in a US Open. Seventh at Pinehurst represented an 11th top 10 of the season, the clear highlight his victory in last month’s PGA Championship. As well as all that, Schauffele won this event two years ago and has made the top 20 in three of his other four visits.

Bet on Xander Schauffele (+700) at BetMGM 

Collin Morikawa (+1100) at BetMGM

Morikawa has connected eight top 25s on the PGA Tour since a third at April’s Masters although 14th at Pinehurst was a little frustrating after he’d positioned himself in the top 10 with a best-of-the-day 66 in round three. Second, fourth and fourth in his three previous events, his current form is stellar. That’s not the case with his course form: two missed cuts since 36th on debut.

Bet on Collin Morikawa (+1100) at BetMGM 

Cantlay Can Crack Code

Patrick Cantlay couldn’t quite get it done in last week’s US Open but tied third place represented his joint-best finish in 30 starts in the Majors.

Yes, it may have been a grueling week but it’s a good omen that two recent winners of this event - Harris English in 2021 and Chez Reavie in 2019 - were also coming in off third places in a US Open.

Cantlay once shot a 60 here at TPC River Highlands when still an amateur and he’s enjoyed consistent success at the course with six straight top 15s in this event.

His last visit produced a fourth place when he again went super-low with a 61 in round three.

The key to playing this course well has been stellar iron play and a hot putter.

Three of the last four winners ranked in the top four for Strokes Gained: Putting while four of the last half-dozen champions were in the top six for SG: Approach.

Cantlay was 10th for SG: Putting and 6th for Approach in last week’s US Open so is performing well in the required areas.   

Strong on Pete Dye tracks, let’s back him for the ‘W’ at +2000 with bet365

Theegala to Beat Fleetwood

Our hot-streak in 72-hole match bets continued in the US Open with Matt Fitzpatrick getting it done after just 36 as Max Homa missed the cut.

That’s five winning bets in a row in this market now.

This week I’ll back Sahith Theegala to beat Tommy Fleetwood at +100.

Theegala was runner-up at this course in 2022 after a heartbreaking double bogey at 18 but, two years on, I’m confident he can put that behind him.

Why? Theegala did exactly that at the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open. He was an unlucky loser there in 2022 and returned to finish runner-up in Phoenix this year. 

Theegala played the final three rounds at the US Open in even par after a slow start so outperformed Fleetwood over the last 54 holes at Pinehurst. 

And Fleetwood, who is playing a fourth week in a row so could be fatigued, has only managed 46th and missed cut in the last two Travelers.      

Kim to Bank Top 10

Russell Henley gave us a juicy win at the US Open in this market as he landed the Top 10 finish at hefty odds of +650

This week I’ll try back-to-form Tom Kim for Top 10 at +400 at bet365.

Kim loves a birdie-fest, was fourth in Canada recently and shot rounds of 64 and 65 in his only start here 12 months ago.  

How to Watch the Travelers Championship 2024

  • Tournament: Travelers Championship

  • Location: Cromwell, CT

  • Date: Thursday, June 20 - Sunday, June 23

  • How to Watch: Thursday-Friday 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m-3 p.m (Golf Channel), 3 p.m-6 p.m. (CBS). And all four days on Sky Sports.

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