Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Fantasy Golf: The Travelers Championship Preview

I have to admit that I'm still shaking my head at Rory's bogey on 14. All credit to Wyndham Clark for grinding-out the third major of this year that ended with a thud as challengers slowly receded like they just got word the keg was tapped. Xander never got out of the gate, Scottie couldn't make a putt, Rickie ran out of gas and Rory . . . oh Rory. 

I mean to have it fall apart on a reachable par 5. If my memory serves me correctly (because I think there has been some intentional blocking), he drove it left into a not so horrible lie. Then, instead of just launching it over the green into one of the USGA's friendly backstops to setup a free drop for any eagle pitch, he decided to layup?!? A sloppy wedge followed by a mediocre chip and an uninspired putt led to a 6 which was the difference in the outcome. 

That hole was a pretty good representation of a last two hours that went off like a fireworks finale full of duds. This left a lot of air to fill for Dan Hicks and Paul Azinger which is like spending the afternoon with your two uncles as they work a slow day drunk while complaining that we need a good rain and trade stories about their crazy days in the shoe repair business, "that's nothing Fred . . . there was one time this guy brought in a pair of bowling shoes that had once been worn by none other than Norm Duke." 

By 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, a shoe repair story from Uncle Fred would've been a welcomed relief.


Fuck it. I'm self-promoting this week because it fits the theme.


I had to forego the Historical Performance Chart this week due to time constraints, hangovers and laziness but trust me that I have just about everyone who's played well here in my top ten. Your recent list of past champions is quite the mixed bag of Xander Schauffele, Harris English, Dustin Johnson, Chez Reavie and Bubba Watson who won it three times. You  might think it's a bombers paradise but Brian Harman has four top tens in the last five years and Kevin Streelman has been almost as consistent including a runner-up in 2020.

The pick came down to Harman or 2019 runner-up Keegan Bradley. Despite Harman being your classic "bull dog," we're going with Bradley because (a) length is a factor here, and (b) he's just better at winning with a 5-2 edge. The bottom line is that we need wins to salvage this season and Keegan has more upside potential.  

We also love the potential for a first time winner here like Sahith Theegala, Cameron Young or Denny McCarthy. Yes that completely contradicts the previous analysis but in the law we call that "arguing in the alternative" which is what you do when the judge suddenly starts smirking and texting with the other judges about how stupid you are. Your only solace at that point is that some other schmuck is going through the same thing a few doors down.      

One and Done Pick: Keegan Bradley

Keegan expressing the cautious
confidence of most FGR picks.
Other Guy I'd Pick: Brian Harman

Sleeper Pick: Kevin Streelman

DraftKings Top Ten Values

Xander Schaufelle


Patrick Cantlay


Cameron Young


Jason Day


Sahith Theegala


Tom Kim


Keegan Bradley


Brian Harman


J.T. Poston


Kevin Streelman


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