PGA Tour Preview: Travelers Championship
Travelers Championship Prediction
The Travelers Championship golf tournament is set for June 21-24 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best Travelers 2018 lineup looks like:
Patrick Reed ($7,400)
Love him or hate him, this guy’s proving tougher than one of Trump’s well-done steaks. Another star-studded field — Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are among the headliners — should elicit some magic from a player who loves to beat the best. Since the Valspar in March, he has a Masters win and six other top 10s on the strength of a short game that keeps bailing him out (6th in SG: Around the Green).
Daniel Berger ($6,500)
He was something of a forgotten man at the U.S. Open despite playing in the final group, and he was denied at the 2017 Travelers by Jordan Spieth’s improbable hole-out from the bunker in sudden death. One would forgive Berger if he arrived at TPC River Highlands in a salty mood. He has a scoring average of 67.13 in two turns at the Travelers (T5, P2). That’ll play.
Xander Schauffele ($6,300)
In the last 12 months, he has two top-6 U.S. Open finishes, a Tour Championship win and a T2 at The Players. It’s time for us all to learn to spell Schauffele, because he ain’t going anywhere, and he obviously loves playing against elite fields. He followed up last year’s U.S. Open T5 with a T14 at the Travelers. We’d take something similar this week.
Brendan Steele ($5,500)
Steele has six top 25s (including a T5) in seven appearances at TPC River Highlands with a scoring average of 68.08. But this is more than a course-horse play. Steele is a great driver of the ball (8th in SG: Off the Tee) and a solid ball striker (11th in GIR). He’s overdue for a good finish.
Luke List ($5,900)
Luke’s been on our list multiple times this season, and we’re not afraid to go back to that well. He tends to excel at shorter tracks — like Honda (P2) and Heritage (T3) — and he’s third on Tour in SG: Tee to Green, a stat that’ll play well at a shotmaker’s course like River Highlands.
Aaron Baddeley ($5,200)
Badds was pretty good at Shinnecock, where a final-round 69 snuck him into the top 25. He’s a good putter who has thrived at River Highlands, with a scoring average of 68.23 since 2010. He’s also a surprising second on Tour in SG: Around the Green.