A shaky third-round performance at last weekend’s RBC Heritage ultimately doomed Bryson DeChambeau in his bid to claim his first win on the PGA Tour this season. But after recording top-ten finishes in each of his past five outings, DeChambeau looks to this week’s Travelers Championship as a +1200 co-favourite on the betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
DeChambeau has emerged as a force in his two tournament appearances since the PGA Tour resumed earlier this month, shooting 66 or better in five of eight rounds going into the opening-round action of the 2020 Travelers Championship on Thursday morning at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
A hot start lifted DeChambeau to just one stroke back of the lead going into moving day last weekend, and the 26-year-old rebounded well from his disappointing third-round score to close out the tournament with a 66, earning him a share of eighth place. DeChambeau has also produced steady results in his past two appearances at the Travelers Championship, capped by an eighth-place finish at this event last year.
Despite his recent steady play, and dramatic improvement off the tee, DeChambeau has plenty of company atop the Travelers Championship odds, where he is joined as a +1200 co-favourite by Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas.
McIlroy returned to play following a three-month pause in the PGA Tour schedule looking to build on a run of seven straight top-five finishes. However, the world’s top ranked golfer has struggled in his past two outings, with his 41st-place performance at the RBC Heritage marking his worst finish on the PGA Tour since October 2018. In addition, McIlroy has failed to crack the top ten in two previous appearances at the Travelers Championship.
A middling opening round quickly took Thomas out of contention last weekend. However, the 27-year-old American showed steady improvement as the weekend progressed, closing out the tournament with a final-round 63 to join DeChambeau in eighth place. Thomas travels to Connecticut with two wins on the season, but success has eluded him at this tournament over the past three years, with last year’s 36th-place finish marking his best outing during that stretch.
Further down the Travelers Championship odds at sports betting sites, last weekend’s winner Webb Simpson is joined by Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm at +2000, well ahead of Patrick Cantlay at +2500. A three-time winner at this event, Bubba Watson lags at +3300 odds, while Listowel, Ontario native Corey Connors sports lengthier +8000 odds.
Simpson’s RBC Heritage victory marked his second win in his past four PGA Tour appearances. However, he failed to make the cut when he last played in the Travelers Championship back in 2018.