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PGA Tour Expert Picks: Travelers Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Thus begins the short walk through the valley (Travelers, Quicken Loans, Greenbriar, and John Deere is a valley, people) between the two Opens.

At least we have Bubba.

Locale

The Travelers Championship is played in Cromwell, Connecticut at TPC at River Highlands which is actually a course that, despite four name changes has been around since the 1920s.

I didn't know this next tidbit but the Travelers Championship is often the second-most attended tournament on tour behind the party that is the Waste Management Open.

Details

The tournament will take place June 19-22 and the purse is $6.2 million.

You can watch on Thursday and Friday (June 19-20) on Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday (June 21-22) on Golf Channel from 1-2:30 p.m. on CBS from 3-6 p.m. both days.

You can also watch the broadcast online at CBSSports.com from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All times Eastern

Participants and odds

Bubba Watson: 12-1
Matt Kuchar: 12-1
Dustin Johnson: 14-1
Jason Day: 14-1
Sergio Garcia: 20-1
Will Wilcox: 20-1
Keegan Bradley: 25-1
Zach Johnson: 30-1
Brandt Snedeker: 33-1
Graham DeLaet: 33-1
Ryan Moore: 33-1

Bubba, eh?

Yep, this happened at the Travelers Championship last season:

Former champions

2013 -- Ken Duke
2012 -- Marc Leishman
2011 -- Fredrik Jacobson
2010 -- Bubba Watson
2009 -- Kenny Perry

Expert picks

Winner

Ryan Moore (33-1): His last five showings at this place are pretty awesome. He has a T7, T47, T2, T13, and T4. That's insane. Plus, he had a sneaky good week at the US Open until a Sunday 76 derailed his finish. He's won on tour in three of the last five calendar years and I would expect that to be four of six soon.

Lock for top 10

Bubba Watson (12-1): Watson has been top five at this tournament three of his last four outings, including a win (and he probably should have two wins if not for that meltdown you see in the video above). It's a bomber's course and he owns this place. I'd be shocked if he finished outside the top, say, 20.

Sleeper

Brian Davis (100-1): You're giving me 100-1 on a guy who has finished in the top 10 in two of the last three years and in the top 30 all three years? I'll take it. And keep very quiet about it.

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