Global Golf Picks: Travelers Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA & 8 Other Tours

Global Golf Picks: Travelers Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA & 8 Other Tours article feature image

Via Alex Slitz/Getty Images. Pictured: Sam Burns of the United States looks to hit a tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort on June 15, 2024 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The U.S. Open did not disappoint. Bryson DeChambeau put on a show to cash our +4000 future. DeChambeau was undervalued early in the year, and his game can fit a lot of these major championships in the states, so getting him at Augusta, the PGA and here at that price finally paid off.

Now the golf calendar hits overdrive across the globe with 10 events this week.

Find my Golf Golf Picks for the Travelers Championship, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and LIV Nashville among the 10 tournaments below.

  • Travelers Championship — PGA Tour
  • LIV Nashville — LIV Golf
  • KPMG Women's PGA Championship — LPGA
  • KLM Open — DP World Tour
  • Compliance Solutions Championship — Korn Ferry Tour
  • Blot Open de Bretagne — Challenge Tour
  • Dick's Open — PGA Tour Champions
  • Japan Players Championship — Japan Golf Tour
  • Kolon Korea Open — Asian Tour
  • OFX Irish Legends — Legends Tour

Global Golf Picks

Travelers Championship — PGA Tour

Best Bet: Sam Burns +4000 (bet365)

We have a signature event on the heels of the U.S. Open, but luckily this is the last one. It will be full fields from here on out before the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Sam Burns is the top of my list this week. He was my best bet a week ago and finished ninth, so I'm going back once more because his form is still really good. He added that top 10 to three other recent top-15 finishes at the Memorial Tournament, Wells Fargo Fargo Championship and the RBC Canadian Open.

I would like a little better track record here at TPC River Highlands, but a 13th and 25th in two of his previous three starts show that he can play solidly here.

Other Travelers Championship Bets:

  • Hideki Matsuyama +3300
  • Sepp Straka +5500

LIV Nashville — LIV Golf

Best Bet: Dean Burmester +2500 (bet365)

I'm guessing everyone around this tour couldn't be happier with the result on Sunday as they try to carry that Bryson momentum on for the rest of the season.

From a betting perspective, he's the favorite, and an injured Rahm is next in line. There's no word on if he plays, but either way, the top-two guys here are probably unlikely to have their total focus on Nashville, which could lead to a weird winner.

I'll go with Dean Burmester here, who is have a great season thus far. He won at Doral at LIV Miami and had a top-15 finish at the PGA Championship. He also qualified for the U.S. Open and made the cut last week even though a poor weekend sent him down the board.

We have a little familiarity with this course from the Korn Ferry Tour and hitting Austin Smotherman here a few years ago. Distance and iron play tend to win the day. Burmester is long and was positive on approach in both majors he played this year.

Other LIV Nashville Bets:

  • Thomas Pieters +5000
  • Anirban Lahiri +6600
  • Sebastian Muñoz +6600

KPMG Women's PGA Championship — LPGA

Best Bet: Rio Takeda +4500 (bet365)

The majors come fast and furious this time of year. This week, it's the women's turn at the PGA Championship at Sahalee. We've seen this place once before for the LPGA players in 2016 when Brooke Henderson emerged victorious.

I'll go with the Japan-based Rio Takeda this week. She was a late add to the U.S. Open field, so many books didn't have her, but she finished ninth there.

She's also been dominant in her home country this year with three wins since April and a fourth last week. Japan has a solid tour right now with a lot of emerging talent. We saw she could hold her own on the major stage.

Other KPMG Women's PGA Championship Bets:

  • Minjee Lee +5000
  • Narin An +6600
  • Akie Iwai +9000
  • Yu Jing Sung +20000

KLM Open — DP World Tour

Best Bet: Alex Fitzpatrick +3500 (FanDuel)

The DP World Tour is back this week in the Netherlands. We've only seen this course once back in 2019 when Sergio Garcia won by a shot over 18-year-old Nicolai Højgaard.

The course is on the shorter side, so players won't need to really bomb it to compete.

I've been on Alex Fitzpatrick a few times this year and will try here once more. He was fourth two weeks ago in Sweden at the mixed-field event, and his game has been solid all year. He's been inside the top 25 in 10 of 14 starts worldwide but was just lacking that high end finish.

However, he was just able to accomplish that, so hopefully the game will keep moving forward.

Other KLM Open Bets:

  • Johannes Veerman +4500
  • Todd Clements 110-1
  • Tom Vaillant 110-1
  • Darius Van Driel +12000

Compliance Solutions Championship — Korn Ferry Tour

Best Bet: Kristoffer Ventura +5000 (BetRivers)

The Korn Ferry Tour makes a familiar stop to Big 12 golfers at the Jimmie Austin Golf Club at the University of Oklahoma this week.

The Oklahoma State alum Kristoffer Ventura is definitely familiar with his rival's stomping grounds, and the current form is enough for me to back him here.

He was 10th last week, making if four finishes of 16th or better in the last six starts. The KFT in general has reached the crapshoot portion of the season.

Only Tim Widing opened better than +3300 on BetRivers. Consequently, we're getting a large portion of this field at decent prices now. I don't think there's a big enough talent gap that ever really justifies betting someone at lower than +4000 on this tour, so this is one of my favorite times.

We now are getting to the point where even the best guys in the field are in that range, and I think Ventura fits that description.

Other Compliance Solutions Championship Bets:

  • Noah Goodwin +4000
  • Pontus Nyholm +8000
  • Dalton Ward +8000
  • Nelson Ledesma +8000
  • Patrick Cover 110-1

Blot Open de Bretagne — Challenge Tour

Best Bet: Pierre Pineau +4000 (BetRivers)

The Challenge Tour makes a stop in France, and we'll go to the 24-year-old in his home country.

Pierre Pineau is a strong player on this tour with three top 10s in his last six starts. In the past three years, he's been inside the top 20 23 times overall now and had a win on this tour in 2022 during his rookie season.

Everything is trending in the right direction for his career, and this is a good spot in a home game for him to notch another victory.

Other Blot Open de Bretagne Bets:

  • Ben Schmidt +5000
  • Maximilian Steinlechner +8000
  • Christopher Rahm 100-1

Dick's Open — PGA Tour Champions

Best Bet: Thomas Bjørn +4000 (bet365)

After a week off during the U.S. Open, the Champions Tour is back this week in New York. Padraig Harrington is the two-time defending champ but hasn't really been near his best in some limited starts this season.

I'll go down the board a bit to Thomas Bjørn who was fourth last time out and has a third earlier in the season as well. Bjørn is 53 years old, but this is his rookie year on the Champions Tour after maintain a pretty full schedule in Europe until this season.

He's got the high-end finishes to show he's capable of contending on this tour. So in a week with no Steve Stricker or Steven Alker and an out-of-form Paddy, I think he's got some value at this number.

Other Dick's Open Bets:

  • Ken Tanigawa +7000
  • Shane Bertsch 175-1
  • Chris DiMarco 200-1

Japan Players Championship — Japan Golf Tour

Best Bet: Taisei Yamada 600-1 (bet365)

We're going to try to hit a lotto ticket in Japan this week.

Taisei Yamada is a bit of a journeyman in Japan who has bounced between the main tour and the Abema TV (Japan's Korn Ferry Tour) for the past five years.

However, he's recently he's found a good run of form with top 25s in each of his last four starts, two on each tour. He was also 19th at this tournament last year.

He's not a prolific winner with just one victory on the Abema tour in his career, but I highlighted him in my work prior to the odds release based on the form and last year's results and figured he'd be around 150-1.

So with him at a generous 600-1, I'm going to take a chance in this spot when he's placed around guys who haven't made a cut in months.

Other Japan Players Championship Bets:

  • Kohei Okada +5500
  • Yuwa Kosaihira 160-1

Kolon Korea Open — Asian Tour

Best Bet: Minkyu Kim +3300 (bet365)

The Asian Tour heads to South Korea for its national open.

Woo Jeong Hills has played host here for 20 years, so we have a lot of history with these guys.

That's part of what led me to the 23-year-old Minkyu Kim. The past two years, he's got a win and fourth at this event, plus he's coming in with good form. He won their match play event three weeks ago and has been inside the top 25 in seven of his last 10 starts.

I was thinking he'd be a little higher up the board with the players in the +2000s range given that combination of success and form, so he's worth a look here.

Other Kolon Korea Open Bets:

  • Yubin Jang +2500
  • Seungbin Choi +12500

Czech Ladies Open — Ladies European Tour

Best Bet: Emma Spitz +2800 (bet365)

I'm going to try Emma Spitz again on the LET after she finished sixth last week.

We're heading to a course where she's had success before. Back in 2022, she finished sixth here as well. She was also runner up last month in Germany.

The form is there, and the course is to her liking, so we could have some decent value with her a tier below the high-end favorites on the odds board.

Other Czech Ladies Open Bets:

  • Shannon Tan +3000
  • Leonie Harm +8000
  • Patricia Schmidt +9000
  • Florentyna Parker 275-1

OFX Irish Legends — Legends Tour

Best Bet: Joakim Haeggman +2000 (bet365)

We tied our luck with the Euro seniors last week in match play and fell short in the quarterfinals, but we'll go back again this week.

Joakim Haeggman navigated that bracket well before falling in 20 holes, but overall, the game remains consistent. That was his fourth finish of 14th or better in as many starts.

He's been hovering around the top of these leaderboards for awhile now and just feels due to pop up and win one. He's done it before, winning the tour championship to close 2022, and he's a three-time winner on the Euro Tour, so he's proven it at both levels.

Other OFX Irish Legends Bets:

  • Michael Long +8000
  • Gary Orr +9000

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