After a rough and tough U.S. Open, the PGA Tour heads up to Connecticut where a solid field will participate in the Travelers Championship. The Travelers Championship takes place in Cromwell, Connecticut at the TPC at River Highlands.
A very scenic area and one of the more popular places on tour. The Travelers Championship is typically well attended every year. In 2011, 240,000 watched the action unfold and 70,000 fans watched Fredrik Jacobson win on Sunday.
It should be a fun atmosphere, and we got a nice, solid field taking on the TPC River Highlands and it’ll be a nice contrast coming off the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No 2. With all that said, let’s go over some of my sleeper golfers to keep an eye on this week.
J.J. Henry- Freddy Couples has Augusta, David Toms has TPC Louisiana, Stewart Cink has Murifield Village, and J.J. Henry has TPC River Highlands. J.J. Henry hasn’t missed a cut at a tournament held at the TPC River Highlands since 2002. And that missed cut at the 2002 – then called Canon Greater Hartford Open – Henry missed the cut by one stroke.
Not only has Henry made the cut in 11 straight tournaments help at the TPC River Highlands, but he’s had some really good finishes here as well. In 11 tournaments held here at the TPC River Highlands, Henry has finished in the top 25 six times and he’s won here once (in 2006). And he’s had recent success here, too. Last year, Henry finished in a tie for 5th place.
The horse for a course pick this week is J.J. Henry. It just so happens that he’s a cheap pick up; a massive value pick. I mentioned Couples, Toms, and Cink earlier, they were the horse for a course picks in those events, they were cheap pick ups as well and it worked out. If history tells us anything, Henry will work out here as well making the cut and possibly finishing in the top 25.
Patrick Reed- Patrick Reed ended up working out last week, so when I went to see the fantasy monetary value I was surprised to see Reed so low. A lot lower than I thought he would be. So, with that, he makes the list this week as a great value pick.
Here at the Travelers Championship it’s a solid field, but not a great field. Reed has thrived in these type of fields this year and he has shown at times that he can play well in a top of the line field. You can see his T-35 last week, and of course, his win at Doral.
So, basically, what I’m saying is that Reed is a good value pick. It’s not a strong field, Reed is coming off a positive result at the U.S. Open, and he has played well here at the Travelers Championship: a T-18 last year and a T-47 in 2012. Granted, it is a small sample size, but still it’s worth noting and TPC River Highlands does slightly favor the bomber who hits it high and long.
Brian Davis- I feel like I mention Brian Davis every other week, every other two weeks, but hey, he’s been paying off. He’s a solid golfer, and a very good number 5 and/or a number 6 golfer in your fantasy lineup to round out your team. And this week, on paper, looks no different.
Before a missed cut at the Memorial, Davis had made the cut in five straight tournaments, including a T-14 at the Crowne Plaza, and a T-11 at THE PLAYERS. So, Davis is in good form and history is on his side here at the Travelers.
Going back to 2006, in those eight tournaments, Davis has made the cut in six of those tournaments and finished in the top 30 in five of those tournaments including a T-4 in 2012 and a T-9 in 2011. This week, Davis might be another good pick up to round out your team in the 5th, 6th slot in the fantasy games.
Seung-Yul Noh- I echo what I said about Reed. Noh has had a rough stretch since winning his first career tournament at the Zurich Classic in Louisiana a couple of months ago (only difference is Noh didn’t declare himself a top 5 golfer after winning). But, I feel Noh is getting undervalued now.
Much like Reed, he got overvalued after his win, but now the market has shifted the other way and Noh has value. A very cheap pick up coming off a nice finish at the U.S. Open. Noh has a very beautiful swing and I think it works here at the TPC River Highlands. Last year, Noh finished T-58 and in 2012 he finished T-18. I’d keep an eye on Noh this week.