Just because the men’s major championship season is complete, it doesn’t mean the season is complete.
In fact, three of the four U.S. Olympic golfers – Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar – are in the field this week at the Travelers Championship while the fourth Olympian, Rickie Fowler, is prepping on his own.
There’s a solid field at the Travelers again this year and here are our five picks at TPC River Highlands, outside Hartford, Conn.:
Bubba Watson: How can you not pick Bubba at the Travelers? He’s won there twice (including last year) and he also has a T2 and T4 on his record there. What’s not to like?
Jon Rahm: He’s been on enough leaderboards already that Rahm doesn’t seem like a rookie. He’s made himself comfortable on Tour and he’s fun to watch with his combination of power and personality. No one will be surprised when he wins.
Brooks Koepka: We’d all like to be talented enough to finish T4 in the PGA Championship despite an ankle injury that would keep most of us in the recliner for a while. He’s intent on locking down a Ryder Cup spot, which will please captain Davis Love III.
Branden Grace: He hung around last week at the PGA Championship but couldn’t quite chase down the leaders. With his game, Grace never seems like a bad pick.
Webb Simpson: After a very slow start this year, Simpson’s game is coming around. He’s strung together several top-20 finishes and he’s playing with more confidence again.