135976227JL152_World_Golf_CTravelers Championship 2013 Preview

After the thrills and spills of the US Open, the PGA tour moves on to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship.

This event has a habit of producing first-time tour winners, possibly due to its proximity to the major championship. In fact, five of the last seven winners were winning for the first time on tour including Marc Leishman, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan.

US Open champion Justin Rose had already committed himself to this event so the Englishman will inevitably be the star turn. There had been speculation that he might withdraw but that was never an issue for Rose who featured prominently in this event in 2010.

A second round 62 put him right in the firing line but his chance slipped away and he finished tied for ninth. His game could go one of two ways this week but the obvious possibility is that he will allow his concentration to waver just a little after a tumultuous week.

Marc Leishman scored a closing 62 last year and watched the rest of the field wilt to leave him holding the trophy. His excellent performance when tied fourth in the Masters suggested that he could be winning big events this year but he had a disastrous US Open championship.

Travelers Championship Betting Tips

Plenty of people will be happy to support Justin Rose at odds up to 16-1 after last week’s heroics. Having given him a favourable mention in my write-up but neglected to include him in my final selections, it was through gritted teeth that I supported him to break his majors duck. He is just about favourite here but nobody could blame him if he eased off the gas.

Lee Westwood would ordinarily be a strong favourite here but he seems to have lost his way since Wentworth and is best left alone for the time being. Bubba Watson, runner-up 12 months ago, did nothing to suggest he was ready to win when finishing tamely in a tie for 32nd last week.

 

The first name that I would like to be on here is previous winner Hunter Mahan who also played well at the Open last week, eventually finishing fifth. He finished with a final round 61 last year so he is going to be a dangerous player this week. He looked to be in with a chance of winning the US Open at one point but he was not alone in fluffing his lines in the final round. If he keeps playing in that kind of form a win is not far away.

Another player who performed creditably last week was Jason Dufner who closed with a fine round of 67. He has been hinting at a return to form and this could be his week. 22-1 offers good value with Bet365.

John Rollins has been knocking on the door in recent weeks with top ten finishes in the Crowne Plaza and St Jude Classic. He was also tied for fourth here last year so knows his way around the course. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to see him doing well here this week and 40-1 looks generous on Spreadex.

My final selection this week is Canadian Graham Delaet. His name may not be too familiar to some of you but he’s gradually stepping up from journeyman golfer to a serious contender. Odds of 80-1 on Bwin or 79-1 on 888Sport are too tempting to resist. It may not be his turn just yet but, given the recent history of this event, he could be in there fighting.

Hunter Mahan 18-1 Betfair
Jason Dufner 22-1 Bet365
John Rollins 40-1 Spreadex
Graham Delaet 80-1 Bwin