See below as we run through the tournament for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and 32Red’s Jack Milner.
- TPC at River Highlands, Connecticut
- First staged in 1952
- Current champion is Bubba Watson
OVERVIEW: One of the most popular tournaments amongst the players, they certainly enjoy their trip to Conneticut and the fans love it too, as it is only second after the Phoenix Open in terms of crowd attendance.
Known for being popular with big hitters – Bubba Watson is the defending champion, but it is little surprise to see world number one Brooks Koepka as favourite – but this is a high quality field with the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas on show along with European heavyweights Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari.
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BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
- Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich
- First staged in 1989
- Current champion is Matt Wallace
OVERVIEW: A popular European event, the BMW International Open has a good history of attracting a good field. It is unusual as it alternates the hosting duties between two courses – the Gut Larchenhof and the Munchen Eichenried.
In-form Englishman Matt Wallace is the defending champion and comes in as one of the favourites, alongside Sergio Garcia and Matt Fitzpatrick – both of whom showed up well at Pebble Beach in the US Open last week. Home hopes will firmly be on Martin Kaymer – who won the event in 2008.
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The Bookies point of view…
32Red’s Sponsorship manager Jack Milner delivers a weekly verdict on each tournament.
Brooks Koepka narrowly missed out on US Open’s ‘Three-Peat’ last week at Pebble Beach, finishing a gallant second behind first-time major winner Gary Woodland. Brooks, staggeringly, has more major wins than tournament wins on the PGA Tour, and has to be avoided at the 8/1 mark this week at The Travellers.
I’m stunned to see Francesco Molinari at 22/1 with 32Red after a promising week in California, and definitely back heading in the right direction. Frankie was -4 through the first six holes of his final round before eventually carding -1 at the Par 71 venue and should better than when heading to River Highlands.
Last year’s winner Bubba Watson was never going to be suited by the test of Augusta but has a terrific record here at the Connecticut venue, and looks too big at 28/1. At similar prices, I can make a case for Marc Leishman, who was level par for the week at Pebble Beach, and Tommy Fleetwood at 25/1 bidding for a maiden success across the pond.
The European Tour moves onto Germany for the BMW International Open with two-time major winner Martin Kaymer hoping to send the locals home happy after his narrow missing the corresponding tournament. Interestingly enough, 32Red are bottom price the German, with 14/1 looking skinny enough for the World Number 93 after two excellent weeks Stateside.
At the same prices, I much prefer the chances of Matthew Fitzpatrick who thrives in these types of events and played brilliantly to finish inside the top twenty at Pebble Beach. Fitzy missed last year’s event however, is sure to thrive at a course when accuracy off the tee is crucial. Fitzpatrick ranks second on tour for strokes gained on the field and looks a fair price to each-way players at 14/1.
Thorbjorn Olesen went through a purple patch 12 months ago, winning the Italian Open before a final round 61 saw him finish second to Matt Wallace, and I expect ‘Thunderbear’ to put a poor run of form behind him in Germany. Despite missing the cut at The US Open, Olesen is a five-timer winner on tour and looks too big at 40/1.
Jack’s BMW International Open Picks
Jack’s Travelers Championship Picks
The pro’s point of view…
Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.
Some great events on both sides of the Atlantic this week, the golfing calendar ready does look to be spot on at the moment.
The Travelers Championship is a great event with the fans, and often this is the home of a big hitter and it is hard to ignore Brooks Koepka, whilst I also like the look of Brandt Snedeker. And one other I will be having a little go at is newly turned professional Viktor Hovland – who played so well at Pebble Beach and is a wonderful talent.
In Germany and a really think Matt Wallace will put up a great defence of his title, but I think Martin Kaymer on home soil is a very attractive prospect.