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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Travelers Championship - Power Ranking and One-and-Done

The Travelers Championship awaits a field of worthy challengers and here is this week's power ranking and one-and-done selection. For more information on TPC River Highlands and the history of this tournament, feel free to refer to Monday's Preview.

Away we go:

  1. Brandt Snedeker - Others offer better course history, but his T11 here last year is enough to check that box. The real draw is his current form, where he boasts a run of T2-T6-8 in his last three starts including the eighth at the U.S. Open. Sneds is known for getting hot in spurts, and this appears to be one of those runs.
  2. Billy Horschel - Similar to Snedeker, his recent run has been full of top-15 finishes and he's been flirting with a big week for the last month or two. This is a good place for him to burst through with a win, or at least a top 10. He tied for 24th here back in 2012 but has taken a few years off. 
  3. Bubba Watson - Course horse by every measure, he has a win and a runner-up at this layout. Recent form has lagged, but he should right the ship this week.
  4. Sergio Garcia - Popped up with a T2 here last year and is clearly among the class of the field. Not much stress in Connecticut this week.
  5. Patrick Reed - Made a little noise at Chambers Bay last week, and managed a T18 here in 2013. While that's not great, his class bridges the remainder of the gap.
  6. Tony Finau - I keep waiting for him to fade and he keeps disappointing me. I'm finally on board with the bomber.
  7. Russell Knox - A fitting candidate for a breakthrough win this week, he tied for 13th here last year and is trending into the week with a T24-T18-T8 run in his last three starts.
  8. Kevin Streelman - Defending champs generally scare me, and this week is no different to a degree, but he's been strong both in form and course history.
  9. Zach Johnson - ZJ is a steady option this week, though perhaps not spectacular. He's 7/9 with just one top 10, but four top 25s in this tourney. 
  10. Hunter Mahan - Course history that rivals Bubba, Mahan has a win, two runners-up and a fourth-place finish, but really hasn't played all that well the last few months. Classic case of course history versus current form.
  11. Marc Leishman
  12. Brendan Steele
  13. Keegan Bradley
  14. Branden Grace
  15. Brendon de Jonge
  16. Francesco Molinari
  17. Kevin Na
  18. Louis Oosthuizen
  19. Justin Thomas
  20. Paul Casey
  21. Patrick Rodgers
  22. Harris English
  23. Cameron Smith
  24. Angel Cabrera
  25. Jerry Kelly

One-and-done

The best advise I can give you is not to follow me. Somehow I managed to place Jordan Spieth on a missed cut at THE PLAYERS and Rickie Fowler on a missed cut at the U.S. Open. Clearly I'm snake bit. 

With that said, I'm going to go ahead and put the curse on Brandt Snedeker this week. You've been warned. 

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