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After a grueling week at Shinnecock, you’d figure the stars would take some time off, but many are back in action this week at the Travelers Championship.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, along with Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth open as co-favorites on Bovada at +1200. So it’s just another week on tour where the books are letting the bettor decide who should be favored.
Just outside those top four, we have Masters champ Patrick Reed at +1600 and Jason Day at +1800. So considering we are one week removed from a major championship, this really is a loaded field at the top.
TPC at River Highlands represents an entirely different test than last week did. The players will face one of the shortest tracks on tour with the par-70 course checking in at 6,841 yards.
Unless the wind picks up, there really isn’t too much to keep the players from going low here. Jim Furyk shot the first 58 in PGA Tour history on this course in 2016. Kevin Streelman birdied his final seven holes to win in 2014 — a tour record. Patrick Cantlay shot 60 playing as an amateur here when he was 19. You get the point: Guys can rack up birdies here. If they keep the ball in the fairway, this course will give them nine or 10 wedges per round; someone will get hot and take advantage.