Hatton Could Prove A Knockout Bet For The Travelers Championship
- 02 Aug 2016
2016 Travelers Championship
Bubba Watson will be hoping to take full advantage of the absence of the 'big four' as he bids to defend his Travelers Championship title this week. The American is a two-time winner of this tournament (2010 and 2015) and he is the bookmakers' favourite when taking on the TPC at River Highlands in Connecticut...
- Bubba Watson boasts a first round scoring average of 66.00 from nine previous appearances in the Travelers
- Brendan Steele has six top-fifteens to show from nine appearances in this tournament
|4th August - 7th August||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Bubba Watson first round leader (each way)
|@ 25 / 1|
|Brendan Steele (each way)||@ 55 / 1||VCBet|
|Ryan Moore (each way)||@ 66 / 1||Paddy Power|
|Tyrrell Hatton (each way)||@ 66 / 1||VCBet|
Watson has also twice finished in the top-five in nine appearances at the Travelers and he heads here as a 14/1 favourite. Watson's recent form is something of a concern as he hasn't finished in the top-ten of a PGA Tour event since the Cadillac Championship in March but this is clearly a venue that he enjoys and we are going to back him to be first round leader at 25/1.
In nine appearances at the Travelers, Watson has finished the first day in the top-five of the leaderboard on four occasions, averaging 66.00 in the process, and a strong first round scoring average for the season (70.15) ensures he looks like a solid bet to start quickly, albeit it remains to be seen if he can go the distance.
Tip #1: Bubba Watson first round leader (each way) @ 25/1 with Betfred.
Watson is joined at the head of the market by Branden Grace (18/1), who missed the cut here last year, and Brooks Koepka (16/1), who is still recovering from a sore ankle, while Matt Kuchar (22/1) is looking to build on a run of six successive top-tens outside of majors.
Our next tip features Brendan Steele though as he boasts an impressive scoring average of 68.06 from five appearances at TPC River Highlands, collecting four top-25s in the process. Steele tied 5th in this event in 2014 and a man who has picked up seven top-25s during 2016 is capable of defying his lofty price.
Tip #2: Brendan Steele (each way) @ 55/1 with Bet Victor.
Similarly, Ryan Moore enjoys the track as he has six top-fifteens from nine visits, including four top-fives, and he makes great appeal at 66/1. Moore picked up three top-fifteens during the early part of what promised to be an excellent 2016 campaign and he looks to be getting back on track after cooling as he hasn't missed a cut in any of his past four starts.
Tip #3: Ryan Moore (each way) @ 66/1 with Paddy Power.
Finally, it is worth noting that there have been a few changes to the Connecticut course but we fancy that course management, scrambling and a hot putter will be the key statistics at this tree-lined venue. That augurs well for Tyrrell Hatton as he is in the form of his life, with the Englishman finishing runner-up at the Scottish Open, tied 5th at the Open Championship and tied 10th at the US PGA Championship in his past three starts.
Hatton's effort at Baltusrol last week secured him an invitation to the Travelers and the 24-year-old has nothing to lose when bidding for the first win of his career. Six top-tens for the year would suggest he is going in the right direction and all of the statistics are in his favour as he ranks 2nd for scrambling and 12th for total putting in the past six months on the European Tour. Hatton has improved immensely with the putter and he could further enhance his Ryder Cup claims this week (he's 14th in the list for a spot on the European Team currently).
Tip #4: Tyrrell Hatton (each way) @ 66/1 with Bet Victor.