PGA Tour: Look out for Leishman

After the fireworks of the US Open, the PGA Tour heads to Cromwell in Connecticut and TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship.

At just over 6800 yards long, the course is one of the shorter courses on Tour, and around 1000 yards shorter than Erin Hills last week.

While bombers like Bubba Watson have won here recently, twice in fact, the venue is still seen favouring those who are on form with their approach play and then their putters. Defending champion is Scot Russell Knox, not known as one of the longer hitters.

The betting is headed by Jordan Speith and Rory McIlroy, both trying to forget last week’s disappointments. However, there are reasons why they didn’t play well at Erin Hills, and we’ll leave alone.

Instead we’ll look a little further down the betting list. Aussie star Marc Leishman has form around this course, including victory in 2012. He showed some form last week, eventually finishing tied 27th at the US Open, but this will be more to his liking.

Additionally we will side with Patrick Reed. The US Ryder Cup star has had a difficult season, but there were signs at the US Open of better things ahead. His driving has been an issue, but this course doesn’t place that great an emphasis on the tee shot, and Reed’s touch around the green is usually superb.

Recommendations: Leishman 0.5 pts each way at 30/1, SkyBet, and Reed 0.5 pts each way at 30/1, bet365

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