Fantasy Golf Travelers Championship (Top 30)
By James Dalthorp III
BEAST DOME NATION.
Last week, we saw a difficult course with slightly different greens due to the time of the year that the event isn’t normally played. We’ll see that same effect play at the Highlands in Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship.
It’s supposed to rain most of the week in Cromwell, Connecticut. So expect to see some challenges out there. Taking into account the possibility of a 72-hole finish, let us look at the Beast Dome fantasy golf rankings for this week. It’s just a 6800-yard course – so with heavy rough, it will be important to drive it straight and distance won’t be such a big deal.
1. Abraham Ancer.
Two guys beat Abraham Ancer last week and it took some borderline miracle golf. I think Ancer was the most solid guy tee to green and this course won’t force him to make any interesting decisions. It’s right in front of you and this man is just ready for his first Tour win. I believe he can win three times this season.
2. Collin Morikawa –
Could be the week Collin gets a win. This track will look more like Colonial with less trouble off the tee. Should give him confidence.
3. Viktor Hovland –
Just keep picking him. He’s been clutch and solid week in and week out. This is a talent that will surely take over much like past pedigree champions with an early PGA Tour victory this season and a US Amateur pedigree.
4.Bubba Watson –
Again, being a course where the draw is favorable into the green – we have last week’s champion on a course where greens need to be hit. He has impressively continued the form he started the year with, if not for a bit of a slow start at Colonial. He made up for it. 2 time winner here.
5. Joaquin Niemann –
Good results here and I think he’ll do well.
6. Matthew Nesmith –
showed a lot of grit at Harbor Town. A solid player. Course suits him.
7. Corey Conners –
Knocking on the door every week it seems and just a shade off the pace. I think he’ll find a winners circle this year.
8. Xander Schaufele –
He played solo in the final round last week and shot 66. I think playing faster in a competitive round like that will help him. I think he tends to get a little too slow sometimes. Wouldn’t be surprised if Xander comes back strong as ever.
9. Patrick Cantlay –
Should be an obvious choice. He shot 60 here as an amateur and should be interesting to see how he plays after the break. I expect steady and pure.
10. Scottie Scheffler –
Don’t count out Scheffler. He’s been on a tear this year and should come back into action on fire.
11. Paul Casey –
low expectations for Paul playing without his main caddie this week. I think that’s a good thing for the typically overpriced veteran. Not going to make big mistakes here
12. Harry Higgs –
the youngster has shown promise this year and he’s one of the best players in the field statistically as an all-around player while not having a win yet. He’s made a quiet jump to top 125 in the World Golf Rankings and I think he’ll be able to eclipse that mark this week
13. Chris Stroud –
was in the hunt last week and paired with Sergio on Sunday, slipping back to a top 25. However, he started the day in range to win and has good Travelers results, with a playoff loss here in 2013 to go along with a career where he has only had one other playoff not to mention his lone victory in stableford format.
14. Cameron Davis –
Started the season with a lot of promise at Hawaii’s Sony Open and a par 70 course as well. I think he’ll find his groove again soon. A solid event here last year where he made the cut and had four rounds of par or better.
15. Luke List –
Last week’s Harbor Town event played much easier than it ever has and unfortunately, the lower cut format instituted left a few guys out of the event who I had rostered (and were still playing well). I still believe List is in great form after a KF win 2 weeks ago. Not all missed cuts are back to the drawing board moments.
16. Harold Varner
– We’ve seen Harold do well at this event and he’s riding the confidence which has kept him steady in the restart. He’s having a good season. Maybe a change of scenery will reignite him. This track is more similar to Colonial.
17. JT Poston –
another young talent whose due.
18. Michael Thompson –
Coming off a great week, similar in game to Chris Stroud and does well at par 70 layouts, especially this time of year.
19. Cameron Tringale –
some good finishes here before and the layoff should have given Cam a nice rest. He’s another solid veteran due for a win. Maybe the lack of fans will help him hone in on his mission.
20. Henrik Norlander –
barely MC’d at the Schwab but he’s quietly had a very good season. I think the break rejuvenated his energy and this course seems to be a good fit.
21. Billy Horschel –
hasn’t quite been 100 percent on thus far in the restart but his scores suggest he’s in good form. This course will bring the best out of his game.
22. Joseph Bramlet –
Familiar with Bramlet’s game and he’s been streaky on the Korn Ferry Tour. This Course should suit his ball and give him a good chance to go low. The Stanford product should like this par 70 layout.
23. Stewart Cink –
This has been a staple event for Cink and he’s in the middle of a renaissance of sorts. With the layoff really igniting the focus on the PGA Tour, players of all ages and status have come out of the woodwork to compete. Cink seems like the most capable of actually doing damage and he’s a past champion here. One of golf first personable social media stars, he has only missed one cut since the start of this season, which began in September. It was at the desert shootout in Palm Springs (opposite kind of tournament to this one).
24. Brice Garnett –
coming off a steady week in the top 15 at Harbor Town.
25. Doc Redman –
coming off two finishes around t40 and t20 last week, he’s trending in the right direction and should be quite successful with these greens.
26. Brendan Steele –
talent who might be the best candidate for tackling a new putting surface that is supposed to rival a poa annual feel.
27. Tyler Duncan –
good course for Tyler and he’s been steady since the restart in a quietly solid season. He’s more consistent than he was before the lockdown. Not a long hitter, will be keen to have a great week. Solid play here in the past.
28. Ian Poulter –
if it gets tough, he’s your bailout card.