PGA DFS Playbook - Travelers Championship
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning DFS Playbook for the Travelers Championship.
What a week at the U.S. Open! There is no way you can't feel good for a guy like Gary Woodland. He's been one of the good guys on tour for years and knowing what he's been through personally, to see him finally break through and win his first major on Father's Day, that's something special. I just wish I had some of him in my lineups but overall I had a lot of guys make the weekend, just not make a lot of noise because Chez Reavie. I was really proud of Chez holding up my DFS lineups all weekend long. But it is time to move forward to the Travelers. .
We’ve got a decent field in Cromwell, Connecticut with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and others. If you don’t remember, TPC River Highlands gave itself a face-lift just before the tournament a few years ago. They removed 50 bunkers while upgrading the remaining 69. Several trees were removed, fairways were narrowed, greens were redone and a whole lot more. The course remained 35-35 for a Par of 70 and still measures out to just 6,841 yards. They have added a lot of risk-reward opportunities for these golfers, which means the better course managers will have an added advantage this week. There was a learning curve but they’re the best players in the world for a reason.
Despite all the changes to TPC River Highlands, it has still yielded a below par scoring average. Just like U.S. Open courses, it is key to keep it on the fairway, but you can still go low at the Travelers if your scrambling game is on point. Those who will contend should rank among the best on approach and around the greens.
The course is not a long one which means more short hitters can throw their hats in the ring this week. This theory does go out the window when you see how dominant Bubba Watson has been in this tournament. The key to victory this weekend is getting on the green in regulation and giving yourself as many birdie opportunities as possible. I have filled the playbook with strong SG:TG (Strokes Gained: Tee to Green) players, these are the best ball strikers in the world. I’ve also targeted proximity as well because what’s getting on the green in two if you are 30 feet from the cup. Putting is always important and after the changes to the course, these bentgrass greens are already running 12 feet on the Stimpmeter.
Now, lets take a look at the playbook ...