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Tommy Fleetwood at Augusta National

Tommy Fleetwood enters the week at mid-range odds of 35-1.

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The wave of golf momentum continues this week in Cromwell, Conn., with one other signature occasion, the Vacationers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

Off an exciting end on the U.S. Open and a historic outcome on the Memorial previous to that, the perfect gamers within the sport have assembled once more this week (nicely, Rory McIlroy has withdrawn) for an occasion that has usually gone on past 72 holes. 5 of the final 13 editions of the Vacationers Championship have been settled in a playoff. If you wish to guess on that occuring once more, the chances are roughly 4-1.

TPC River Highlands is a brief, Pete Dye design. It’s a par 70 that performs lower than 6,900 yards. The crowds are an enormous a part of the draw right here and that’s a part of the rationale that the PGA Tour is making this an elevated occasion for the second straight season. Scoring can be simpler than what we’ve seen the previous two weeks. The common successful rating during the last 5 seasons is best than 18-under par.

For that cause, I checked out Birdies or Higher this week, together with Strokes Gained: Method, Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and Par 4 Scoring. I additionally checked out Strokes Gained: Whole on Dye designs and shorter golf programs as nicely.

Programs that match in format and magnificence for me this week are Sedgefield (Wyndham Championship), East Lake (Tour Championship), TPC Sawgrass, TPC Deere Run, and TPC Southwind.

We’ve got a smaller subject this week with the Signature Occasion-status and McIlroy’s withdrawal, leaving 71 gamers within the combine. With that, I discovered 4 picks this week that I like for each an outright win and a top-20 end.

Tommy Fleetwood (35-1)

Fleetwood managed to money a top-20 end for us final week at Pinehurst, largely due to his wonderful ending spherical on Sunday, firing one of many decrease rounds of the day at 68. I like taking part in on gamers the next week that end in a flurry as Fleetwood did. As I did final week, I additionally really feel TPC River Highlands makes a number of sense for the person who could be very correct off the tee and might rack up birdies as a superb putter. During the last 24 rounds, Fleetwood ranks twelfth on this subject, on common, for par-4s ranging in 300-450 yards. Whereas the highlight was on the Englishman final week to presumably win for the primary time in the US, perhaps it occurs this week with the shine of the occasion throttled down a bit.

Corey Conners (39-1)

One other participant that is available in off a superb week final week. Conners was extremely regular at Pinehurst, capturing rounds of 69-70-71-70, ok for a top-10 end, his second within the final three weeks. He’s cash within the stats this week, most notably rating third for SG: Method and fourth for Birdies or Higher during the last 24 rounds, together with eighth in Gap Proximity from 150-175 yards. It’s all the time in regards to the putter for Conners however he looks like a very popular participant proper now and the timing might be proper — with a reasonably juicy value in addition.

Sepp Straka (40-1)

That is one other man that makes my card this week that felt like a really attractive decide final week. However whereas no person else is trying, I like sneaking him in right here. His match for any such course or why he was a very good play final week hasn’t modified. Merely the notion and quantity of consideration has. He’s completed top-8 in three of his final 5 begins. He’s fifteenth within the subject this week for SG: Off the Tee, eleventh in SG: Method, ninth on the par-4s measuring 300-350 yards, third on the 400-450 yard par-4s, and sixth in Gap Proximity from 150-175 yards. He additionally received at one in all our correlated programs, TPC Deere Run, and was runner-up at TPC Southwind.

Tom Kim (50-1)

Kim fell off a bit final week within the last spherical, capturing a 76 on Sunday however previous to that recorded rounds of 71-68-71. This tells me the shape continues to be very robust for a man that hasn’t missed a lower in over two months. Kim can rack up the birdies, rating eighth on this subject for Birdies or Higher during the last 24 rounds. He’s additionally very correct off the tee and sits tenth on common on this subject on par-4s measuring wherever from 300-450 yards. Kim additionally ranks third on this subject for Gap Proximity from 125-150 yards — and one in all his three wins on Tour got here at Sedgefield CC on the Wyndham Championship.

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