PGA Tour: Cantlay can…

The PGA Tour heads to Connecticut this week, with the TPC River HIghlands in Cromwell hosting the Travelers Championship, starting on Thursday.

We at Lap of the Odds HQ are still a little aggrieved after our selection, Jon Rahm, collapsed from a good position at Brookline last week, only for Matthew Fitzpatrick, our pick two weeks previously at the Memorial tournament, to play superbly to win the U.S. Open. Time to dust ourselves down, and try again!

This week’s field is headed up by Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas, three stars who were in the heat of battle at Brookline during various points over the course of the week. If you throw in last the Canadian Open the week before, they could all be excused for feeling a little jaded. We’ll look elsewhere.

Harris English won this tournament last year with a -13 total, and a low scoring result at this relatively short course looks likely again.

Patrick Cantlay carded a round of 60 here when still an amateur in 2011, and has finished in the top 15 in all of his last four starts. He obviously likes the course. He finished third place in the Memorial and then 14th in the U.S. Open, where he improved his score each day, carding rounds of 72, 71, 70, 69. This puts him in a prime spot to go well this week, especially if his putter catches fire.

Back in Europe, the DP World Tour heads to the Golfclub Munchen course in Germany for the BMW International Open.

A number of players that have signed up to the new Saudi-backed tour have been allowed to tee up in Munich this week, but we’ll leave them alone given they will have to answer a number of questions and will undoubtedly have a lot of their minds.

Instead, we think Jordan Smith could take a lot of positives from Fitzpatrick’s major win last weekend, with the young Englishman very much cut from the same consistent cloth. He claimed his maiden professional victory in Germany in 2017 and led the European Open, also in Germany, going into the weekend last time out. He has recently become married, and a win here would be a marvellous present.

Recommendations:

Travelers Championship: Patrick Cantlay to win, 1 pt, at 14/1, widely available

BMW International Open: Jordan Smith to win, 1 pt, at 22/1, William Hill

0.5 pts each way the double

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