Fresh off one heck of a U.S. Open, the PGA Tour heads east to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. With Brooks Koepka being the betting favorite entering the tournament, can defending champion Bubba Watson or enticing value plays like Paul Casey or Daniel Berger make a run for the money at TPC River Highlands? For a deep dive into the top favorites, golf betting odds, value bets, course form and more, then read on for our Travelers Championship betting preview.
*Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook as of 6/19/19
The Odds-On Favorite: Brooks Koepka (+750)
Brooks Koepka nearly made it five wins in his last nine major appearances at Pebble Beach, but it was not to be as the unflappable Gary Woodland brought home his first major win at the U.S. Open. Dating back to the Masters, Koepka has finished in the top 5 in four of his last five tournaments, including runner-up finishes at the Masters and U.S. Open plus a win at the PGA Championship. Koepka finished in a tie for 19th with a -9 showing at the Travelers a year ago and even has a T9 to his credit here from back in 2016. He’s bound to be the favorite in just about every tournament he’s in for the rest of 2019, but given his penchant for saving his ultra-elite golf for majors, Koepka is often a good golfer to fade in non-majors.
Other Koepka odds: Round 1 Leader (+2100), Top 5 (+230), Top 10 (+115)
Close But No Cigar: Paul Casey (+1600)
Boy the Englishman has come close far too many times at the Travelers without grabbing that all-elusive win. A runner-up finisher in two of the last four years here (including a playoff loss in 2015), Paul Casey has gone 2, T17, T5, T2 in the last four Travelers Championships. Given the fourth-best odds at DraftKings along with major champions Francesco Molinari and Justin Thomas, Casey’s consistent finishes at TPC River Highlands makes him one of the top names to target this week on the PGA Tour. In his last two non-major tournaments, Casey has gone 1 and T4 and is fresh off a strong -4 finish to his U.S. Open (finished T21). If there’s any player in the field that’s a high-end candidate to break the spell of narrow defeats, it’s Casey.
Other Paul Casey odds: Round 1 Leader (+3400), Top 5 (+470), Top 10 (+240)
The Defending Champion: Bubba Watson (+2200)
A winner three times over at the Travelers Championship in 2010, 2015 and 2018… no golfer has dominated this event in the 2000s quite like Bubba Watson. The notorious shot shaper would have had four wins at the event had he not triple-bogeyed the 16th hole in the final round in 2013 so his success here is well-documented. To find him with the eighth-best odds on the board is a tad surprising, but ever since his T12 at the Masters, Bubba’s gone MC, T63, MC in his last three events (both missed cuts at majors). He’s finished 4, T31, 1, T25, MC, 1 at the Travelers since 2013, and this kind of course form will make him an ultra-inviting option at the betting window this weekend.
Other Bubba Watson odds: Round 1 Leader (+3100), Top 5 (+470), Top 10 (+240)
The Intriguing Longshot: Daniel Berger (+5000)
Much akin to Paul Casey, another golfer who has come oh so close to grabbing a win at the Travelers in years past is Daniel Berger. Despite wins eluding him in the past few years, his course form at TPC River Highlands is one to absolutely take note of especially with the value he offers at +5000. Berger was the 54-hole leader at the event in 2016, holding a three-shot lead at -15 before a 4-over final round allowed Russell Knox to win the event. Berger followed that up by shooting in the 60s in every round in 2017, going 68-67-66-67 to force a playoff before losing to Jordan Spieth’s instant classic of a walk-off bunker hole-out to win. He was nowhere near contention a year ago and finished in a tie for 67th, but there may be no better longshot to take a flier on this week than the PGA Tour’s 2015 Rookie of the Year in Daniel Berger.
Other Daniel Berger odds: Round 1 Leader (+7500), Top 5 (+1900), Top 10 (+900)