After the absolute carnage that came along with a US Open at Shinnecock Hills, the PGA Tour heads to a slightly more tame environment in TPC River Highlands. The Travelers Championship is played on a Par 70 track that comes in just over 6,800 yards. Last year, the field at TPC River Highland played just a shade over par (+0.199). As they make their way around the course, golfers will have to contend with 69 bunkers, four water traps, and bentgrass/poa annua greens.
Here’s how the 125 Golfers that missed the cut at the US Open and played Travelers fared the following week:
– 2 Winners (Bubba – 2015, Streelman 2014)
– 14 finished Top 10 (11.2%)
– 29 Finished Top 25 (23.2%)
– 61 Missed the Cut (48.8%)
Past Five Winners
Off the Tee
There’s a couple of ways to look at the distance vs. accuracy debate at this track. The answer is somewhere in the middle, though. Since 2003, the golfers that have ranked 10th or better in DK Points for that tournament have averaged 33rd in distance and 30th in accuracy. If you look through the past five winners, you should get that sense as well. A guy like Kevin Streelman won this event with an off the tee game where he was the 48th longest golfer but the 17th most accurate. Bubba Watson, on the other hand, won by overpowering this course twice (2010 & 2015) where he lead the field in distance but wasn’t in the Top 50 of accuracy.
Once again, golfers need to hit greens. This isn’t a secret, and it should be the primary stat that you’re targeting week in and week out. Top 10 DK Point scorers here averaged 51 greens in regulation hit. The only way to get away with a shaky approach game is if the flatstick runs incredibly pure. Golfers in that same group that are outside of the Top 25 in GIR have finished in the Top 20 of SG: Putting.
Around the Gree
An around the green game is important from a golf perspective, but keep in mind we want guys hitting greens. If they do miss though, there’s some importance to getting up and down and avoiding bogeys. Of golfers who ranks 20th or better in DK Points for the week, about 25% of them lost strokes around the green. On the other hand, just 15% of that same group finished in the Top 10 of SG: ARG. Short game may help golfers make the cut here, but it isn’t going to vault them up the leaderboard.
Other Stats to Consider
Par 4 (400-450 Yards)
Approach (150-175 Yards)
Approach (200 Yards)