The Traveler's Championship this week is stacked with talent that are craving red numbers after last week's U.S. Open. The player's have to have a sense of relief coming to TPC River Highlands after enduring a tough week at Shinnecock.
The course in Cromwell, CT in comparison to Shinnecock, is the difference between how you feel on Monday morning compared to walking out of work Friday afternoon; absolutely stress-free and ready to take on the weekend!
Which is exactly what these golfers will be trying to do as well. In the past, this venue has been a great rebound tournament for those who struggled in the prior week during the U.S. Open. After all, the U.S. Open being one of golf's hardest tests must make the Traveler's Championship feel like a vacation for these guys.
Last year, Spieth won the tournament in a playoff against Daniel Berger shooting 12-under. The course record is held by Kenny Perry who shot 22-under in 2009. The average winning score since that time frame has been 15-under, so anticipate low scores this week.
Top 5 Power Rankings
5: Daniel Berger
Finishing second to Spieth last year in a playoff, Berger is riding some momentum coming into the Traveler's as he was in the final pairing last week for the U.S. Open where he finished T6.
Also to note in his only other start in the Traveler's, he finished T5, so he definitely feels comfortable with the course with his scoring average being 67.13 in those starts. Berger should come out with some fire under his belt given his past here.
4: Patrick Reed
With a Master's victory already this year, and a late surge during the final round of the U.S. Open to secure a fourth place finish, Reed has been playing very consistent golf this season.
The fourth place finish marked his sixth top-10 in his last eight starts. The past two years at the Traveler's, Reed has placed T11 and T5 respectively.
3: Paul Casey
The guy never stops smiling! For good reason too! In three Traveler's starts, Casey has finished P2, T17, & T5 with an average score of 67.25. Finishing T16 at Shinnecock last week, Casey has finished in the top-20 seven out of his past eight starts.
2: Webb Simpson
I feel Simpson has flown a little under the radar this season, when his numbers have been impressive. He's only missed 2 cuts since the start of 2018 and finished T10 last week at the U.S. Open. Add that to a T20 finish at the Master's and a victory at THE PLAYERS, Simpson has been playing some great golf.
What's that?? Oh right, right. How could I forget to mention, he's a casual 8/8 at the Traveler's with three top-15 finishes with a scoring average of 68.09. Certainly a dude to look out for during this streak of his he's got going on.
1: Justin Thomas
To top off our Power Rankings, JT comes in at #1. Currently the world's #2, Thomas has been a workhorse this season putting up impressive round after round. JT has finished in the top-25 in 12 of his last 13 starts.
With the exception of him being cut during the team formatted Zurich Classic, Thomas has posted a top-25 or better finish in his last 15 individual starts! Although he was cut here in 2015 and last year, he does have a T3 finish in 2016 at the Traveler's.
Currently ranked second in SGTTG (shots gained: tee-to-green) and fifth in par breakers, JT could pose a big problem to the field.
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