Travelers Championship Expert Picks (plus who golf enthusiasts think will win!)

Our expert loves Patrick Cantlay’s chances this week.

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After Matt Fitzpatrick’s big run at the US Open, the golf world this week turned its eyes to the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, in Cromwell, Connecticut. It’s the tour’s last leg on US soil before the Open Championships, and a host of big names are on the field.

On the Vegas odds board, Scottie Sheffler and Rory McIlroy top the list of favorites, followed by Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Sam Burns.

But we don’t choose one. We make three.

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The game we are playing is on Chirp, which is a free to play mobile game. A subsidiary of, Chirp offers a range of weekly competitions, including the Trifecta competition which invites users to select three players: a favorite (ranked 1-20 in the official world golf rankings), a competitor (ranked 21-60) and a shot Far (ranked 61 and above).

As we clear the options, we’re also looking forward to help from Andy Lack, a forecasting expert at A data analyst at OddsChecker and, and co-host of “The Scramble,” a twice-weekly golf handicap show, Lack calculated the numbers and came up with three picks from Trifecta.

You can check them out below.

And if you want to know where general sentiment tends to be, keep reading. Nearly 1,000 Chirp users have also made their own Trifecta plays, and we share this data as well.

Andy Luck’s Trifecta Picks

Favorite: Patrick Cantlay (OWGR: 4)

After knocking out a quiet T14 at the US Open where he shot on par over the weekend, Cantlay is back in position for his first appearance on the PGA Tour. I always try to target players who get better at hitting the ball as the week goes on, and the world number four topped the field with kicks earned from a tee at the US Open on Sunday. I expect him to build that momentum and finish eighth on the PGA Tour in Hartford.

Contestant: Marc Leishman (OWGR: 50)

Leishman is another man who gave a strong sneaky performance at the US Open. The 2012 Travelers champ earned a 4.5 hit on the run in Brooklyn, en route to T14, his best finish since the Sentry Championships of Champions in January. The Traveler has a history of being kind to Leishman, and I expect him to be firmly in the mix on Sunday.

Long shot: Cameron Davis (OWGR: 82)

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Despite being known for his length off the tee, Davis tends to do his best on shorter golf courses. His best finishes of the year were at Colonial and Harbor Town, and his only PGA Tour victory came last year at Detroit Golf Club, the only current course on the PGA Tour to feature the same mix of greens as TPC River Highlands. He started his run at the Monument where he got a 3.5 hit on the approach, Davis being my black horse.

These are the choices of professionals. But what about the audience that uses dice?

in the Favorites category, McIlroy It has the strongest support, receiving 31.69 percent of the vote. he followed him Scheffler (29.95%) and Thomas (11.04 percent).

Among the contenders, Chirp users are the most optimistic Brian Harman. He received 19.13% of the vote. Web Simpson and and Leishman She is next in line, with 13.44 and 11.37 percent of the vote, respectively.

And in the long shot category, Andrew Putnam Leading the way with 18.4 percent of the vote, followed by Matthew Nesmith (14.10) and Charlie Hoffman (8.52 percent).

Want to have fun? Click here to enter Chirp’s free Trifecta game for yourself.

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Josh Sens, a golf, food and travel writer, has been a contributor to GOLF Magazine since 2004 and now contributes across all GOLF platforms. His work has been authored in the best American sports writing. He is also the co-author, with Sami Hager, of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: The Cooking and Partying Handbook.