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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Twofer Tuesday: Travelers Championship

Twofer Tuesday leaves the (mostly) sunny South and heads north for the Travelers Championship.

Defending champion Chez Reavie

We get a treat as the Tour continues to get in gear. The Travelers Championship is the first event to actually be played in its original spot on the schedule!

TPC River Highlands in Cromwell CT, a mere 6841-yard par-70, always has a pretty good field but this year it's stacked, as all the fields have been so far since the restart. It's a good place for almost any player looking to break through, and we see everything from first-timers to established stars lift this trophy.

Last year's winner Chez Reavie is a great example of this, grabbing only his second PGA Tour win a full 11 years after his first one. We could see something similar this year.
  • The first of my Twofer Tuesday picks is Bryson DeChambeau. I took him last week simply because I wanted to see how he would do on a tight course. Let's just say I'm suitably impressed at how he harnessed his newfound power when he needed accuracy, and he has a pretty good record at the Travelers. He's on a solid run of good finishes this year, and all he needs is for his putter to heat up a bit. This could be the week.
  • And then I'm taking a bit of a flier on Abraham Ancer. He played well at TPC River Highlands last year (he and Bryson both finished T8), and he's got a lot more confidence now. My only question is whether he'll experience a letdown after coming in second at Hilton Head... but I'm willing to take that gamble.
The GC live broadcast -- sans fans, of course -- begins Thursday at 3pm ET. Being the first of these rescheduled events to be played in its normal spot, it'll be interesting to see if the players who play here regularly have any advantage over the big names playing the Travelers for the first time in a while.

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