The 3 Best Matchup Bets for the 2020 Travelers Championship
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- Betting any matchups for this weekend's Travelers Championship? Our team highlights their three favorite bets.
- Find out why they're picking Patrick Reed over Bubba Watson (-105) and more.
For the third consecutive week we have a star-studded tournament ahead of us on the PGA TOUR and the presence of 15 of the top-20 players in the world means that bettors can find some tasty matchups on the board for The Travelers Championship.
Check out our favorite matchup bets for TPC River Highlands:
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Patrick Reed over Bubba Watson (-105)
There’s going to be a lot of love for Bubba this week — and maybe there should be, considering he’s won this event three times. I don’t necessarily dislike him this week, on the heels of decent results at two courses which don’t suit his game whatsoever, but I really like Reed, who can attack this course with his trademark slinging draw, which should work perfectly around here. He doesn’t have the resume of Bubba at this event — nobody does — but three top-30 results in the last four years prove Reed can play some solid golf at this one.
Odds via the Westgate SuperBook.
Brian Harman (-120) over Kevin Kisner
Brian Harman is coming off a couple solid top-30 finishes since the restart and now he heads to one of his better courses. Harman has made the cut in seven of eight starts at the Travelers and recorded a top-10 finish in three of his last five.
Kisner doesn’t usually play here and has finished behind Harman each of the last two weeks, so I’m fine laying a little juice with the guy who is playing better and heading to a comfort zone at TPC River Highlands.
Odds via Westgate SuperBook.
Brooks Koepka (+105) over Webb Simpson
Editor’s Note: Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the 2020 Travelers Championship.
Backing Brooks Koepka in a non-major isn’t a long-term gambling win, but Brooks seems dialed in at the moment and is racing up the board in plenty of Strokes Gained metrics.
He finished 16th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and first in off the tee at Heritage and his first shot on Hole No. 9 at Harbour Town should have gamblers salivating for the Travelers.
Koepka has never missed a cut at TPC River Highlands, while Simpson missed the number thanks to a 77 during the second round in 2018. Webb does have three top-10 finishes over the past decade, but I think this price is inflated after his victory at Harbour Town.
Distance off the tee box is important here and Webb is negative in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee this calendar year.
I honestly don’t find value on any of the props listed at DraftKings, FanDuel, Parx or other legal U.S. books. I think they’re mostly priced correctly — or close enough where the juice effectively removes the value.
My approach if I had to bet them this week would be to focus on the top guys who are getting plus money. Collin highlighted one above in Brooks over Webb. That should be even money, so +112 is fine value on Brooks. Jon Rahm is a dog against Justin Thomas; that’s a coin flip. Collin Morikawa is even money against Abraham Ancer.
I’ll probably steer clear of these posted ones this week, but when in doubt take plus money if you think it’s even. (Obviously.)