With Brooks Koepka's record-tying triumph in at the U.S. Open only just behind us, it's time for another PGA Tour event. And the field for the Travelers Championship is a respectable: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Jordan Spieth are all teeing it up in Cromwell, Connecticut.
TPC River Highlands is a 6,840-yard par-70 track. The property has been re-tooled several times, with Pete Dye most recently reworking the course in 1982. Bobby Weed made further modifications in 1989, and further adjustments (primarily to bunkering) have been made in recent years. The closing holes (built around a lake) are designed to produce drama, which isn't surprising considering, you know, Pete Dye. Jim Furyk fired his famous 58 here last year.
Players will be expected to make birdies in bunches on the bentgrass/poa annua greens that average around 10.5 on the stimpmeter. Ultimately, we're looking at another second-shot golf course this week with greens in regulation percentage, proximity to the hole, and iron play from 150 to 200 yards key this week.
Creme de la Creme
Rory McIlroy: $11,600
If Rory McIlroy doesn't barnstorm his way around this course and make one million birdies, he's not Rory McIlroy. Seriously. He's supposedly healthy and should have shaken off the rust at Erin Hills. His torrid run of birdies to close his (ultimately cut-missing) second round sent notice that one of the Tour's most naturally gifted talents is back. Fire. Him. Up.