– Bubba is back
– Holmes could go low again
– Koepka a threat
It has been a busy few weeks for golfers due to the Rio Olympics, which has made the northern hemisphere summer a touch shorter. As a result, The Open Championship and PGA Championship have just been completed to allow players to head off to Rio.
With the Travelers is this weekend, players can still head to the Olympics as golf only tees off next Thursday.
One such player is defending Champion Bubba Watson. The American will play three consecutive weeks in a row but is nonetheless one of the bookmakers favourites at TPC River Highlands this week.
Thanks to some accurate wedge play and a hot putter, Watson opened with a sizzling 62 at the event in 2015. While Paul Casey rallied on the final day to force playoff, Watson would emerge the victor with a birdie on the second extra hole.
Since then, the Texan has missed just one cut and notched up nine top ten finishes. That, added to his two wins on the course, makes him a danger this weekend.
Another who has been low at TPC River Highlands is the big hitting J.B Holmes. The top ranked player in terms of driving distance on the PGA Tour carved up the course during his last visit in 2012, shooting a 62 in the second round. Holmes has two top four finishes in his last six starts and is yet to win this year.
Brooks Koepka earned great T4 finish at the PGA Championship last week whilst playing on an injured ankle. Back-to-back runner-up finishes at Byron Nelson and the St. Jude Classic have boosted his world ranking to 17th. Perhaps a win is just around the corner…
Jon Rahm is also bubbling under, despite not even having secured his PGA Tour card. The Spaniard has been awfully impressive though, being in contention for a win in two of his last four starts. Having just turned professional earlier this year after the U.S. Open, where he was the low amateur, finishing T23. Don’t be surprised if he grabs that all important watershed win this week.