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In theory, this is a fantastic post-US Open event. It features a solid field and good spectators.
In practice, LIV Golf won’t disappear. Brooks Koepka was the latest signee this week, and more are expected.
The sport is falling apart, and it seems that there will be no happy ending.
Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Ry McIlroy are some of those who are committed to maintaining the prestige and tradition of the circuit. Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed have all gone with the flow. Koepka and Bryson deChambeau have also left the sport.
For those who are willing to take the money, it seems that there is no downside to their greed and may have less of a desire to win.
But what happens if this sport falls apart completely? They will tell the rebels when to play and what to do. Old circuits might be destroyed, old events could cease to exist and the legacy of mercenaries may be lost. LIV Golf is an alternative. That eight (or 12, or 14, or 16, or 20) 54-hole events a year replaces more or less everything bar the major championships. It’s amazing to consider that Matt Fitzpatrick, a remarkable storyteller and fine person, won the US Open just days before. We can only hope that there will be more positive news this week.
TPC River Highlands are a very popular place with both players and spectators.
It’s a Pete Dye design that plays to a par of 70 at just 6,841 yards with bent grass on the greens.
It’s fun and Rory McIlroy says:
You feel as though you always have a hole in your hand, but it’s not easy if you’re not careful. It’s important to remain accurate, but not aggressive. Keep your cool, be patient, and don’t let anyone stop you.
Winners will probably have to go super-low at least once in the week: seven of the last eight winners had a sub-65 lap in their tournament total (and the exception closed with a 65).
Chile’s Mito Chile’s Mito Perueira is a course debutant for this week’s tournament, simply because he was not a member at the time of last year.
He had been playing great golf on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour. He won back-to-back events that elevated him to this level. His three top-six finishes was a testament to his ability.
He’s maintained that progress this season, coming so close to a winning breakthrough at the PGA Championship and backing it up with seventh at the Charles Schwab Challenge and T13th in the Memorial Tournament.
Winners in this event traditionally record excellent Strokes Gained Tee to Green and Par-4 stats, and Pereira ranks 12th and sixth for those categories this season.
Take him each way in the outright at +5000 with bet365 which pays out five places.
The Life of Riley American Davis Riley is another rising golfer.
He maybe didn’t emerge from the Korn Ferry Tour as quickly as many predicted, but once he made the leap he has impressed since he led the Valspar Championship after 54 holes before finishing second back in March.
He added fourth in the New Orleans pairs event and since then he has been on fire: fifth in the Mexico Open, ninth in the AT&T Byron Nelson (when T107th after 18 holes), T13th in the PGA Championship, fourth at the Charles Schwab Challenge, T13th in the Memorial Tournament, and T31st at the US Open last week.
His key stats are not quite as impressive as Pereira, but in recent weeks he has been strong in SG Tee to Green and he is 35th for Par-4 Scoring this season.
Back him to win at +4000 and finish top 10 at +400, both prices with DraftKings.
Scottie As you would expect from two great players, there has not been much in head-to-head count between Rory McIlroy & Scottie Scheffler.
McIlroy leads 3-2 over the last five encounters and 6-4 over the last 10.
To counter that, Scheffler dominated last year and leads 14-8 since the start of 2021.
I’m taking the Northern Irishman to this match-up. However, it comes down to the test.
Scheffler has played it twice, missing the cut on debut and finishing T47th last year.
That contrasts with McIlroy’s three visits which have all repeated top 20s.
He also has 10 sub-70 scores in 12 rounds compared to Scheffler’s three in six (plus a score average of 67. 50 against 69.00).
McIlroy is -110 with BetMGM.
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How to Watch The Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship Information Tournament The Travelers Championship Location TPC River Highlands, Hartford, Connecticut Time Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26 How to watch Thursday & Friday 3-6pm ET (Golf Channel). Saturday and Sunday, 1-3PM ET (Golf Channel), or 3-6 PM. (CBS). All four days of Sky Sports.