PGA: Travelers Championship
I lost every dollar on the U.S. Open and the winning player’s putting coach is publicly shaming me on page 3 of the most popular golf publication in the world.
(I wasn’t joking) Here’s the backstory.
Several months ago I watched a full round of Gary Woodland on PGA Tour live. His putting struggles have been well documented, and on this particular day he was really off. You could tell from his setup that the putts had 0 chance to find the hole. All I heard throughout the round is he was working with “putting guru” Phil Kenyon, blah, blah, blah. Following his second brutal three putt of the round, I decided to poke a little fun at Phil Kenyon. Apparently he didn’t appreciate that. Months later his man is hoisting the trophy at pebble beach. Clearly I’m living rent free in Kenyon’s head, because the first thing he did after Mr. Woodland signed his scorecard was to bring up a 3-month-old tweet, and berate me on twitter. Oh well, it happens… if you are going to give it out you have to be willing to take it.
Coach Kenyon is dragging me through the streets and the mobs are hungrily awaiting my entrance into the town square so they can tar and feather my corpse. At first I took it like a man, and respectfully deflected the attention to Woodland – a 100% deserving champ. But Phil wanted more.
Now I have no choice but to challenge Phil Kenyon himself to a putting contest on a venue of his choice. I’m sure he won’t accept the challenge. He’s gotta be too busy teaching countless tour pros and perfecting his craft right? Somehow he found the time to troll me, so maybe there’s a chance.
On to more serious matters. Brooks almost won his third straight U.S. Open. Is this guy even real? And what a gutty Sunday from the big cat. 4 over thru 6 holes, bad back and all, and he managed to claw his way back and break 70. Tiger…. my hero.
The Tour rolls on to Cromwell, Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. A stacked field considering it’s the week after a grueling major, the Travelers has gained a reputation for being the most well run event of the season from the players’ perspective. It will be interesting to see which guys left their games at Pebble. I have a feeling we are in store for an exciting event with a big time leaderboard. Looking forward to the week and to finally close the chapter on this god-forsaken U.S. Open!
Hit em’ straight!
Event: 2019 Travelers Championship
2018 Champion: Bubba Watson
Field: 156 Players, Top 70 and ties make the cut
When: 7:00am EST, Thursday 6/20
Course: TPC River Highlands
Architect(s): Pete Dye
2018 Difficulty Rank: 24/51 (-.405)
Targeted Key Stats and Weight: (See graph below)
Custom Stat Model: (Statistics courtesy of Fantasy National Golf Club)
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DFS (DraftKings: Player, Price, Projected Ownership)
Super Elite (10k+)
· F Molinari (10300) 10%
Upper Tier (9.1k - 9.9K)
· J Thomas (9800) 17%
Middle Tier (8.1k - 9k)
. K Streelman (8200) 17%
Lower Tier (7.1k - 8k)
. V Hovland (7900) 11%
. B An (7800) 13%
. A Hadwin (7600) 11%
. J Niemann (7500) 6%
. S Munoz (7200) 5%
. N Watney (7200) 5%
Bottom End (6.1k - 7k)
. P Malnati (6900) 5%
. H Lebioda (6700) 5%
Outright Win Bets (Draftkings Sportsbook: Player, Win Odds)
· F Molinari 20/1
· J Thomas 20/1
· K Streelman 60/1
. B An 65/1