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Handicapping Jordan Spieth and the ‘Big Six’ After Round 1 of the Travelers

Jun 22, 2018 9:13 PM EDT

Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports, Pictured (top photo): Jordan Spieth

CROMWELL, Conn. — Twelve years ago, the longtime PGA Tour stop in Connecticut had no title sponsor, no financial backing and was off the schedule, instead on the verge of becoming a senior tour event.

Since then, there’s been plenty of change here at the Travelers Championship.

This week’s edition of the event includes six of the top 11 in the current world rankings, including each of the four reigning major champions.

Those half-dozen players range from co-leading to below the cut line through the first round.


Let’s examine each one and whether we’re buying or selling with 54 holes to play.

Jordan Spieth

Score: 7-under 63 (T-1)

Odds: +270

The skinny: There haven’t been many positive numbers in the strokes gained: putting category for Spieth lately, but he looked more confident with the flatstick on Thursday, to the extent where he stopped bringing in caddie Michael Greller for as many reads as he’d been doing recently.

The money quote: “I just didn’t feel great coming off the range. I’ve been working on some things on the swing, just decided to play toward the center of the greens and let the putter do the work because it’s starting to come around.”

The verdict: Hold. Not enough value to buy, and that putter could turn cold overnight.

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