The contrasts are stark, but the money's the same for this week's PGA Tour event, so a loaded field will tee off Thursday in the 2023 Travelers Championship. The world's best golfers will go from the heart of Los Angeles, across the country to suburban Connecticut. They will transition from the long, grueling Los Angeles Country Club layout that tested them at the U.S. Open to TPC River Highlands, the shortest course in the regular PGA Tour rotation. But it's a designated event, with the $20 million purse that comes with it, so the world's top eight players will be among those teeing off Thursday. 

That means Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy, as well as Xander Schauffele, the reigning Travelers champion, will be on hand. U.S. Open winner Wyndham Clark, now No. 13 in the world, and host of young stars also will be trying to pile up the birdies this week. Schauffele won last year at 19 under par. Nine golfers are shorter than 30-1 in the latest 2023 Travelers Championship golf odds from Caesars Sportsbook, led by world No. 1 Scheffler at 6-1. Patrick Cantlay (9-1), McIlroy (10-1), Rahm (10-1) and Schauffele (12-1) are next in line on the PGA odds board. Before locking in any 2023 Travelers Championship picks or PGA Tour bets, make sure you see the Travelers Championship 2023 predictions and best bets from golf betting and fantasy expert Sia Nejad.

Nejad specializes in betting and DFS in golf, among other sports. He's had incredible success in the outright and first-round leader markets and betting head-to-head matchups. At the Wells Fargo, he had Clark among his longshot outrights, backing the 75-1 shot before he dominated at Quail Hollow for his first PGA Tour victory.

In 2022, Nejad hit six first-round leaders in a 12-week span while peppering in tournament outrights throughout the year. In 2023, Sportsline debuted "The Early Wedge," and in the first three months of the show, he hit two FRLs and three outright winners. Nejad also had a winning head-to-head record in eight of 10 weeks (including full tournament sweeps on head-to-head plays). He was up more than 70 units over that three-month span.

Now, Nejad has focused his attention on the 2023 Travelers Championship field and has locked in his best bets, top sleepers and favorites to avoid. See who they are at SportsLine.

Top 2023 Travelers Championship expert picks

Nejad knows Scheffler has been playing at a high level for months, but he is fading the world's top player. The price is "simply way too short in this designated field," Nejad says. Scheffler's best finish in three appearances at TPC River Highlands was his tie for 13th last year. The Travelers can turn into a putting contest, and that is the weak link in Scheffler's game. The 26-year-old ranks 138th on tour in strokes gained putting and 114th inside 10 feet. With the long trip and the disappointment of falling short in L.A., Scheffler also could be ready for a break.    

One player Nejad sees value in is Hovland, who won the Memorial last month and was runner-up at the PGA two weeks earlier. The young Norwegian star ranks fifth in the world, and his accuracy off the tee and on approach are perfect for TPC River Highlands. Hovland ranks fourth in total driving (39th in distance, 33rd in accuracy), sixth in proximity to the hole and 23rd in scrambling. His 69.48 scoring average is fifth-best on tour. The 25-year-old tied for 11th at the 2020 Travelers, and he makes birdie or better more than 24% of the time, so he can go low. See who to pick at SportsLine.

How to make 2023 Travelers Championship golf picks

Nejad has locked in his best bets for the 2023 Travelers Championship and is picking his longshots, including one who is priced well above 100-1. This golfer "has shown an ability to get the putter going while also striking the ball well," Nejad says, and he just might stun this elite field. You can only see the picks at SportsLine.

Which players should you target or avoid for the 2023 Travelers Championship, and which golfer in the Travelers Championship 2023 field could bring a huge payday of more than 100-1? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sia Nejad's top prop picks for Travelers Championship 2023, all from the expert who recently had a three-month span where he returned more than 70 units. 

2023 Travelers Championship odds, field, contenders

See Nejad's picks, best bets and predictions here.

Scottie Scheffler +600
Patrick Cantlay +900
Rory McIlroy +1000
Jon Rahm +1000
Xander Schauffele +1200
Viktor Hovland +2000
Tommy Fleetwood +2200
Tony Finau +2500
Collin Morikawa +2800
Tom Kim +3300
Russell Henley +3300
Wyndham Clark +4000
Max Homa +4000
Matt Fitzpatrick +4000
Rickie Fowler +4000
Cameron Young +5000
Harris English +5000
Justin Thomas +5000
Brian Harman +5000
Jason Day +5500
Sahith Theegala +5500
Denny McCarthy +6000
Sungjae Im +6000
Hideki Matsuyama +6500
Corey Conners +6500
Si Woo Kim +6500
Austin Eckroat +7000
Adam Scott +8000
Shane Lowry +8000
C.T. Pan +9000
Min Woo Lee +9000
Keegan Bradley +9000
Ludvig Aberg +9000
Cam Davis +10000
Gary Woodland +12500
Aaron Rai +12500
Eric Cole +15000
Sam Bennett +15000
Taylor Moore +15000
Seamus Power +17500
Matt Kuchar +17500
Justin Suh +17500
Lucas Herbert +17500
Byeong Hun An +17500
K.H. Lee +20000
Brendon Todd +20000
Will Gordon +22500
Emiliano Grillo +22500
Tom Hoge +22500
Thomas Detry +22500
Mackenzie Hughes +22500
Mark Hubbard +22500
Adam Schenk +22500
Chez Reavie +22500
Kevin Yu +25000
Andrew Putnam +25000
Nick Hardy +25000
Davis Riley +25000
J.T. Poston +25000
Stephan Jaeger +25000
Sam Stevens +25000
Sepp Straka +25000
Adam Svensson +25000