After the U.S. Open last week, most of the world’s top golfers will make the cross-country trek for the 2023 Travelers Championship.
The tournament tees off Thursday at TPC River Highlands outside Hartford, Conn., and the top eight golfers in the world are scheduled to compete.
Newly-minted U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark also is scheduled to be among those trying to prevent Xander Schauffele from defending his title. Schauffele went 19 under to beat J.T. Poston and Sahith Theegala by two strokes last year.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler comes in off another top-five finish at the U.S. Open but seeks his first victory since March (Although he hasn’t finished outside of the top 12 in a tournament this year.) Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler will both try to rebound after coming up short of a major triumph in Los Angeles.
Scheffler is the 6-1 favorite in the latest 2023 Travelers Championship golf odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
He is followed by Patrick Cantlay (9-1), McIlroy (10-1), Jon Rahm (10-1) and Schauffele (12-1). Viktor Hovland (20-1), Tommy Fleetwood (22-1), Tony Finau (25-1) and Collin Morikawa (28-1) are the only others shorter than 30-1 in the Travelers Championship 2023 field. Clark and Fowler are both listed as 40-1 long shots.
Finally, a bit less speculation and guesswork lies ahead for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.
The Travelers celebrates its 71st anniversary this year with River Highlands hosting since 1984. Attendance ranks second only to TPC Scottsdale’s each year. That adds a stadium atmosphere and makes for an exhilarating viewing experience down the final stretch.
The Travelers doesn’t exactly have the pedigree of the Genesis or Arnold Palmer Invitational, but it’s done an excellent job of attracting the game’s best players, a credit to the energy created each year.
At just 6,841 yards, TPC River Highlands stands as the second-shortest course on TOUR, just edging past Port Royal by several yards.
While a short course does open it up to the plodders, bombers have found success as well.
Distance is always nice to have on the PGA TOUR, and it does allow players to take more aggressive lines. However, we should expect a tight dispersion of driving distance on a majority of holes this week with many forced layups on shorter par 4s.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 22, 2023
| Title: The Travelers Championship
| Author: Matt Catton
| Date: June 22, 2023
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