- The Travelers Championship from TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT, tees off Thursday, June 23rd
- Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler are +2000 co-favorites to be atop the leaderboard after day one
- See the best bets and odds to grab the first-round lead in the article below
One week after the fantastic U.S. Open produced a thrilling win by Matt Fitzpatrick, the PGA Tour heads to Cromwell, Connecticut for the always entertaining Travelers Championship. It’s one of the favorite stops amongst many tour players, and this week’s field shows that, with five of the top-ten golfers competing. Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler, who both contended at that U.S. Open, have made the trek to TPC River Highlands. The favorites in the 2022 Travelers Championship odds are also co-favorites take the first-round lead.
There are plenty of opportunities for Travelers Championship longshot picks to make some noise at this tournament, which has been won in a playoff or by a single shot twelve of the last 15 times.
In this article, we’ll explore which players have the best chance of being the leader after day one, along with which players have been fast starters on Thursdays this season.
2022 Travelers Championship First-Round Leader Odds
|Harold Varner III||+3500||8:05am|
Odds as of June 21st at DraftKings Sportsbook.
The forecast calls for it to be cloudy for the entire day. Temperatures will be in the mid 60s for those starting in the morning, reaching mid 70’s for the afternoon wave. Wind gusts will be pretty steady, ranging from around twelve to 15 miles per hour for all of Thursday.
A benefit for those teeing it up in the morning is the exact same as it is every week – less bumpy greens with fewer players chewing them up.
Mito Pereira Poised For Breakout
Mito Pereira (8:05 am tee time) very nearly won his first PGA Tour event last month, as he squandered the lead with a final hole double bogey at the PGA Championship to lose by one. He didn’t let that deter him, following that up with T-7th and T-13th results. That was part of a stretch where he was no worse than T-27th in seven consecutive starts.
He’s also been a fast out of the blocks, ranking 13th in first round scoring.
2021-22 PGA Tour First Round Scoring Average Leaders
|1. Joaquin Niemann||68.06||+3500|
|3. Rory McIlroy||68.64||+2000|
|4. Scottie Scheffler||68.65||+2000|
|5. Aaron Wise||68.67||+4500|
|7. Wyndham Clark||68.81||+14000|
|9. Patrick Cantlay||68.91||+2500|
|10. Joel Dahmen||69.00||+8000|
|13. Mito Pereira||69.19||+3500|
|14. Davis Riley||69.23||+4500|
|15. Sungjae Im||69.24||+3500|
He shot a 70 in the opening round at the U.S. Open, only to miss the cut by one stroke, the first time he’s failed to make the weekend since March. In the last twelve measured rounds, he ranks second in SG: tee-to-green, and fourth in ball striking. He has the ability to quickly shake off that missed cut to propel himself into top spot.
Pick: Mito Pereira (+3500)
Davis Riley Firing On All Cylinders
Davis Riley (6:55am) has been brilliant in his first season on the PGA Tour. He very nearly won his first PGA Tour title, finishing runner-up in a playoff at the Valspar. In the last seven starts, he’s been T-13th or better in six of them (last week at the U.S. Open he was T-31st). His results are as follows – T-4th, 5th, T-9th, T-13th, T-4th, T-13th, T-31st.
Unsurprisingly, because he’s been clicking so well, he’s had a lot of great numbers in ‘strokes gained’ categories.
Davis Riley’s Strokes Gained Stats Last Twelve Rounds
Riley is tenth in birdie average on the campaign and is 14th in first round scoring. He’s fired a round in the 60’s in four of his last six Thursdays, making him a solid choice to potentially be ahead early.
Pick: Davis Riley (+4500)
Chez Reavie Comfortable at This Course
Chez Reavie (7:55am) has had success at TPC River Highlands, having won the 2019 version of the tournament. That year, he gained over eleven shots on his competitors in the tee-to-green category. He’s followed that up with solid T-46th and T-25th finishes in the last two years.
Subsequently, his stats of late at this track have been impressive.
Reavie’s Strokes Gained Stats Last Twelve Rounds At TPC River Highlands
|Total||Tee-To-Green||Ball Striking||Approach||Off-The-Tee||Putting||Short Game|
He’s also been quietly playing very well lately, with T-13th, T-15th and T-27th showings in the last month, where he’s ranked 24th in total strokes gained the last twelve rounds. At these long odds, Reavie provides a super intriguing long shot bet to place a wager on.
Pick: Chez Reavie (+13000)