2023 Travelers Championship Odds, Picks: Bet Patrick Cantlay, Denny McCarthy & Russell Henley

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Scottie Scheffler+675
Jon Rahm+1150
Patrick Cantlay+1150
Rory McIlroy+1250
Xander Schauffele+1300
Viktor Hovland+1900

Collin Morikawa+2300
Tony Finau+3000
Tommy Fleetwood+3200
Matt Fitzpatrick+3500
Rickie Fowler+3500
Hideki Matsuyama+3700
Tom Kim+3700
Russell Henley+3700
Jason Day+4500
Max Homa+4500
Si Woo Kim+4500
Justin Thomas+5000
Cameron Young+5000
Sungjae Im+5000
Wyndham Clark+5500
Sahith Theegala+6000
Corey Conners+6500
Shane Lowry+6500
Harris English+7500
Min Woo Lee+7500
Brian Harman+7500
Adam Scott+8500
Keegan Bradley+8500
Denny McCarthy+8500
Gary Woodland+10000
Austin Eckroat+10000

Ludvig Aberg+11000
Andrew Putnam+11000
Matt Kuchar+12000
Stephan Jaeger+12000
Aaron Rai+12000
Cameron Davis+14000
Byeong-Hun An+14000
Patrick Rodgers+14000
Eric Cole+14000
Mark Hubbard+14000
C.T. Pan+14000
Emiliano Grillo+16500
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+16500
Seamus Power+17500
Lucas Herbert+17500
Taylor Moore+17500
Kurt Kitayama+17500
Sepp Straka+17500
Beau Hossler+17500
Sam Bennett+18500
Tom Hoge+20000
J.T. Poston+20000
Thomas Detry+20000
Brandon Wu+20000
Alex Smalley+20000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+20000
Brendon Todd+20000
J.J. Spaun+20000
Will Gordon+20000
Justin Suh+20000
Lee Hodges+20000
Nick Hardy+20000

Davis Riley+22500
Joseph Bramlett+22500
Adam Svensson+22500
Adam Schenk+23000
Billy Horschel+25000
Mackenzie Hughes+25000
Sam Stevens+25000
Kevin Streelman+25000
Chez Reavie+25000
Hayden Buckley+30000
Ryan Palmer+30000
Luke List+30000
Doug Ghim+30000
Harry Hall+32500
Nate Lashley+32500
Webb Simpson+32500
Garrick Higgo+35000
S.H. Kim+35000
Ben Martin+35000
Michael Kim+35000
Kevin Yu+35000
Ben Griffin+35000
Matt Wallace+35000
Scott Stallings+35000
Dylan Wu+35000
Vincent Norrman+35000
Matthew Nesmith+35000
Sam Ryder+35000
Michael Thorbjornsen+35000
Joel Dahmen+35000
Taylor Pendrith+40000
Cameron Champ+40000
Robby Shelton+40000
Davis Thompson+40000
Patton Kizzire+45000
Carson Young+45000
Charley Hoffman+45000
Andrew Novak+45000
Danny Willett+45000
Zecheng Dou+45000
Carl Yuan+45000

Jimmy Walker+60000
Francesco Molinari+60000
Trey Mullinax+60000
Callum Tarren+60000
Lanto Griffin+60000
Tyler Duncan+60000
Chesson Hadley+60000
Scott Piercy+60000
Lucas Glover+60000
Stewart Cink+60000
David Lipsky+60000
Benjamin James+60000
Greyson Sigg+75000
Chad Ramey+75000
Austin Smotherman+75000
Erik van Rooyen+75000
Kramer Hickok+75000
Peter Malnati+100000
James Hahn+100000
Kevin Tway+100000
Doc Redman+100000
Justin Lower+100000
Ben Taylor+100000
Kevin Kisner+100000
David Lingmerth+100000
Zach Johnson+100000
Nicolas Echavarria+100000
Adam Long+100000
Troy Merritt+100000
Matthias Schwab+125000
Ryan Moore+125000
Martin Laird+125000
Richy Werenski+125000
Russell Knox+125000
Brett Stegmaier+125000
Ryan Blaum+125000
Brian Gay+200000
Jason Dufner+200000
Robert Streb+200000
Zac Blair+200000
Paul Haley II+200000
Nick Watney+200000
Andrew Landry+250000
J.B. Holmes+250000
Jim Herman+300000
Ryan Brehm+300000
Max McGreevy+300000
Kelly Kraft+300000
Andrew Svoboda+300000
Tyson Alexander+300000

Brooks Koepka was in a particularly jovial mood during his Tuesday press conference in advance of last week’s U.S. Open, which might explain why he closed the interview session with a wry smile before offering, “See you guys at the Travelers [Championship] next week.”

Spoiler alert: We will not see Koepka at the Travelers.

Despite the recent "don’t-call-it-a-merger" between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the game’s top level will maintain its status quo for at least the remainder of the current season, which means no LIV players amongst the competitors for this week’s annual Connecticut-based tourney — but as a designated event, there are still plenty of big names.

I’d love to write more about what was my hometown event for a long time — the one with the friendliest and most helpful staff, from top to bottom, of all the great events on the PGA Tour calendar — but fresh off the U.S. Open and a cross-country red-eye flight and an impending member-guest this week, and, well, how many more excuses do I need for a shortened intro?

Without further ado, let’s get right to the picks for the 2023 Travelers Championship.

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Outright Winner (Short odds)

One player to win the tournament

Patrick Cantlay (+1200)

Way back in 2011, a 19-year-old Patrick Cantlay nearly holed out for eagle on the ninth hole at TPC River Highlands to close out his second round, which would’ve cemented the most improbable, unpredictable 59 in PGA Tour history. Instead, he tapped in for a 60 and signified that he’d be a player to watch for in the future — even if that future would take a few more years than we would’ve expected.

He’s now one of the game’s top players, a threat to win on any given week, even if he hasn’t since last summer’s BMW Championship.

At the Travelers, Cantlay owns one of the more statistically implausible records around, posting five consecutive top 15s while never finishing inside the top 10.

It’s about time for him to win, as he’s certainly performed well enough to claim a title this year. Now with Connecticut’s own Joe LaCava on the bag, this one could mean a little bit more — to both of 'em.

Outright Winner (Long odds)

One player to win the tournament

Denny McCarthy (+8000)

If you thought the first two rounds of the U.S. Open were a birdie-fest, just wait until this week, as four of the last five winners have reached 17-under or better.

Just three weeks ago, Denny McCarthy showed us what he can do when his putter gets hot, as he played 27 holes without a bogey at Muirfield Village over the weekend, only to make one on his final hole of regulation and eventually lose in a playoff to Viktor Hovland.

While he doesn’t have much course history to speak of, McCarthy often thrives on shorter Northeast courses, so don’t be surprised if he battles back from that Memorial Tournament disappointment with a first career win.

Other OADers

Potential selections for one-and-done pools

Scottie Scheffler (+800)

This is the part of the preview where I’ll remind you that the winner of this week’s designated event will receive $3.6 million – the same first-place prize at the U.S. Open.

From what I’ve seen in OADs so far this year, poolsters have had a difficult time adjusting to the brave new world of professional golf, where the purse for a tourney like the Travelers Championship is commensurate with that of a major. Sure, the best players want their games to peak for the big ones, but if your pool uses straight cash (homie) as the sole determining factor in the standings, then picking a winner this week is no less valuable than picking one last week.

Enter Scottie Scheffler, who continues to perform at a historically elite level from tee to green. I get that many of you either used him at a major or are saving him for the last one (or a FedEx Cup playoff event), but I love using him this week, where you can potentially pounce on some lower ownership.

He’s trending in the right direction to pick up his next victory. While I don’t want to back him as a favorite at his opening price, this one seems to make a ton of sense.

Rory McIlroy (+1000)

Same story here, as McIlroy is an obvious high-ceiling, low-owned OAD play.

I remember the first time he played this event, back in 2017. A final-round 64 left him in a share of 17th place and afterward he spoke about how much he’d enjoyed himself, saying something to the effect of, “I’ll definitely come back here.”

I followed by saying we’d hold him to that statement and he reiterated that it would happen. He’s kept his word, playing three of the last five years, again finishing outside the top 10, though inside the top 20 each time.

Sahith Theegala (+6000)

I expect this to be a popular play for OADs this week, as Sahith Theegala shoulda/coulda/woulda won this title a year ago, only to fail to extricate himself from trouble on the final hole and lose to Xander Schauffele.

Look, I’ve already crept too far into "Boy Who Cried Wolf" territory when it comes to Theegala, as I’ve been preaching about his impending excellence for a while now. Consider this more of a suggestion than a backing, but if you’re looking to get a little different from the masses, you might want to stay away.

Davis Riley (+12500)

Man, I don’t even know what to make of Davis Riley’s game these days.

He won the Zurich Classic alongside Nick Hardy (whom I’ll list below), then went into an immediate tailspin, with four missed cuts and a T-54 in his five starts since.

This one isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re trying to play catch-up and need a potentially high-ceiling play without risk of the low floor, I suppose he’s worth a try at a place where he opened with three sub-70 scores last year.

Top Five

One player to finish in the top five

Harris English (+1400 for top-five finish)

As I was preparing to interview Harris English for the U.S. Open Radio broadcast after the second round last week, his manager, Jeremy Elliott, sidled up to me and suggested something to the effect of, “You should ask him about this golf course. It’s one of his favorite in the world.” To which I replied, “Thanks, that’s great information. But I can’t help but feel like this would’ve been even better information on, say, Tuesday.”

He laughed, knowing exactly what I was getting at. That said, I can’t imagine TPC River Highlands is too far down the list for English, who two years ago won this tournament in one of the most memorable playoffs we’ve ever witnessed, outlasting Kramer Hickok in eight holes.

I’d usually stay away from most non-superstars after a major contention, but I feel like English is still in full comeback mode and has the ability to step on the gas pedal, even after a taxing week.

Top 10

One player to finish in the top 10

Russell Henley (+450 for top-10 finish)

As usual, the ball-striking stats are through the roof for Russell Henley, while the putter has been cooperating lately, too. He remains one of the more underrated players around – and if you need proof of that assertion, then ask yourself whether you knew he owned six top 20s in his last seven events going into last week.

I’m a massive fan of Henley’s upside on any given week, as he owns a regularly high floor and a ceiling that’s just waiting to be reached again.

Top 20

One player to finish in the top 20

Justin Suh (+500 for top-20 finish)

In recent weeks and months, I’ve become a massive fan of Justin Suh’s game. He’s now showed up and showed out for the past two majors – at least for a few rounds.

Making up for lost ground after a few years of injuries after turning professional, Suh has a game that is going to render him a high-floor money-maker for the next decade.

Another guy who does most of his damage with the flatstick, I like him to roll in plenty of birdie putts this week.

Top 30

One player to finish in the top 30

Nick Hardy (+350 for top-30 finish)

Entering the year, Nick Hardy was one of the players I thought would take a big step in his career – and he’s done exactly that, winning for the first time on the PGA Tour, though with help from partner Davis Riley at the Zurich Classic.

Like Riley, he’s struggled ever since, though appeared to take some nice steps forward last week. Last year’s T-8 result here should have us optimistic that with another year of experience, Hardy can easily cash more conservative props.

Top 40

One player to finish in the top 40

Ben James (+475 for top-40 finish)

Andy Bessette and Nathan Grube and all of the great – and I mean, great – people who run the Travelers Championship each year have a long tradition of offering exemptions to either newly minted professionals or elite-level amateurs, exemptions which are often rewarded with loyalty from those players once they hit the big time.

James is a native of Connecticut and so this offer makes a lot of sense, though it’s hardly born from some sense of duty. The rising sophomore at the University of Virginia earned first-team All-America honors and his last nine individual results read: 6th-Win-3rd-Win-4th-40th-Win-2nd-4th, as he’s risen to fourth in the WAGR.

Remember the name; this kid has a ton of game. Here’s saying he follows in the footsteps of Patrick Cantlay, Michael Thorbjornsen and other amateurs who have played well here over the years.

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Jordan Spieth

Note: As of Monday afternoon, Spieth is not in the field at this week's Travelers Championship.

You’ll hear this one a lot, especially if Jordan Spieth finds his way onto the Travelers leaderboard: The last time he missed the cut at a major championship, he won the very next week.

That was at last year’s Masters/RBC Heritage, and there were fewer signs then that he was on the verge of success than there are now.

It was an utterly discouraging performance for Spieth at LACC, as he posted rounds of 72-71 and missed a handful of makable putts, but he can certainly turn things around. Oh, by the way, he was coming straight off a disappointing U.S. Open performance (T-35 at Erin Hills) when he won here in 2017.

DFS Mid-Tier

A medium-priced option for DFS lineups

Patrick Rodgers

Much like the aforementioned Russell Henley, Patrick Rodgers is a guy who’s played better than most non-bettors probably realize.

While he’s still searching for his first career victory, Rodgers is starting to inch closer, with three top 20s in his last eight starts. A share of third place back in 2016 suggests that he can find something here and continue that solid run of play.

DFS ‘Dog

A lower-priced option for DFS lineups

Mark Hubbard

After starting to work with a new swing instructor and gaining some much-needed yardage, Mark Hubbard is beginning to see the fruits of his labor pay off, posting two top 10s in his last three starts.

While I’m writing this preview before DFS prices have been released, I’m guessing he won’t subsequently be priced up too much in this designated field. Hubbard has made the cut in all five previous appearances at this event.

First-Round Leader

One player to post the low round Thursday

Ben Martin (+12000 for FRL)

I usually enjoy taking a shot on an FRL play with longer odds, but even I’ll admit this one feels a bit ambitious.

That said, first-round leaders/co-leaders here over the past four years have included J.T. Poston, Kramer Hickok, Satoshi Kodaira, Mackenzie Hughes (twice), Ryan Armour, Bronson Burgoon and Zack Sucher, so there’s some rationale behind backing a longshot.

While I like Ben Martin, his through-the-roof tee-to-green numbers have cooled off in the past month or two, and he’s also facing a much tougher field than he did in some of his better results. He does, however, have two 65s in six career rounds at TPC River Highlands, so there’s a small sample size which shows he can go low here.

Matchup Man

One player who should beat comparable players

Eric Cole (+12500)

I’m admittedly playing some of my greatest hits from the mixtape in this preview, going back to some of the usual names that I’ve targeted over the past few months.

Eric Cole is a guy who, if he played a different sport, would be considered a “gamer” or the type of competitor who “has a non-stop motor.”

Those are some obvious cliches, but they aren’t non-deserving, as it feels like the 34-year-old rookie is trying to make up for lost time this year. With six made cuts in his last eight starts, he owns a high floor and should keep stepping on the proverbial gas pedal.

Also Receiving Votes

Other players who should provide value

Rickie Fowler (+3300), Stephan Jaeger (+15000), Andrew Putnam (+15000), Adam Schenk (+17500), Beau Hossler (+17500), Brandon Wu (+15000), David Lipsky (+50000), Aaron Rai (+15000), Ben Griffin (+25000), Matthew NeSmith (+30000)

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