I can only hope my 2022 PGA DFS: Travelers Championship FanDuel picks are better than last week's U.S. Open selections. I mean, they can't be any worse.
Coming off the third major of the year, the PGA Tour will head to TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship. The interesting thing about the Travelers Championship this week is that the field is ridiculously deep for a tournament coming off the heels of a major tournament.
With all the LIV golf defections (Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer now as well), it appears the top guys on tour are dedicated to playing more. Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, U.S. Open runner-up Will Zalatoris, and many more top names are teeing it up this week.
TPC River Highlands is a very short PGA Tour course, playing at just 6,841 yards. Although it is the second shortest course on the PGA Tour, there are eight par 4s this week that play between 400 and 450 yards, making Par 4 scoring average between 400 and 450 yards my first key indicator.
Being that this is such a short setup, I think this week could turn into a barrage of birdies and since the majority of the field will have short iron or wedges in their hands, it will be about who hits better approach shots this week and who putts it the best.
Because of that, my last two key indicators will be SG: Approach the green (ATG), and SG: putting.
2022 PGA DFS: Travelers Championship FanDuel Picks
Tom Hoge - $8,800
With my first pick, I'm going back to one of the hottest players from the early season, Tom Hoge. One concern with Hoge this week is that he is as cold now as he was hot early on. He has missed the cut in three consecutive events. I'm thinking this trend can't continue with a guy who is such a good ball striker.
Hoge has teed it up here in each of the last two seasons. While his finishes haven't been stellar (T-37th and T-66th), he has made the cut each time and that is what we're looking for from our cheapest selection.
Hoge shows well in two of our three key indicators, and slightly below average in the third. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner is currently T-48th in Par efficiency 400-450 yards with a scoring average of 3.982 over 81 rounds.
He has an elite ranking in SG: ATG, coming in at 11th, picking up .757 shots per round on the field in this area for the year.
Lastly, the one area we need Hoge to play above his ranking is in SG: putting. He currently sits just below average at 112th, losing .013 shots per round to the field.
Kevin Kisner - $9,000
I'm taking another ice-cold golfer here. Kevin Kisner (for the record, one of my favorite players) is in the midst of a colder stretch than Tom Hoge. Kisner has missed the cut in five of his last six tournaments. And the one cut he has made since the Masters in early April was the Zurich Classic, which is a pairs event. However, he does have five top 10s this year, including a fourth at THE PLAYERS Championship, and a runner-up at the WGC Match-Play event.
The self-proclaimed "match-play assassin" is due.
Not to mention, he's coming off of a T5th in this event last season.
Kisner's biggest weakness this year has been from tee to green. He's historically been a very good iron and wedge player, but it's let him down this season. He comes in at a putrid 150th in SG: ATG. Kisner does show well in our other two key indicators, however.
He is currently a sterling 23rd in SG: Putting, picking up .464 shots on the field per round. Kisner shows even better in par 4 scoring efficiency 400-450 yards, ranking 9th with a scoring average of 3.930 over 58 rounds.
I think this golf course sets up very well for Kisner to get off the schneid.
Brendon Todd - $9,000
For my third pick, I'm going with one of the two guys in the final group in this tournament two years ago. Brendon Todd ended up T-11th after firing a 5-over 75 on Sunday in 2020 but he showed he can compete at this golf course, in this event. He finished T-30th last year.
Todd has had a decent year this season. He has made the cut in 14 of 20 events he's teed it up and has been playing well of late. He finished third at the Charles Schwab Challenge and T13th at the RBC Canadian Open, the last two events he's played.
Todd shows very well in our three key indicators for the week, overall. He is currently T59th in par 4 efficiency 400-450 yards with a scoring average of 3.991 over 69 rounds. His worst showing comes in SG: ATG, where he is still picking up shots on the field each round, on average. He is currently in 98th, picking up .063 shots per round.
The flat stick has been Todd's best club this season. He has been one of the tour's best putters, coming in at 5th in SG: putting, picking up .775 shots per round on the field.
Todd can contend again this week if he's throwing darts on his approach shots.
Brian Harman - $10,100
Although Brian Harman missed the cut here in 2020, he followed that up with a T5th last year. Typically, Harman struggles with longer setups being that he is 179th on tour in driving distance.
However, when it comes to shorter courses, he typically excels because he's one of the best wedge players and one of the best putters on tour, historically.
Harman shows pretty well in all three key indicators this week. His weakest is SG: ATG, where he sits 120th. However, a lot of that can be credited to having longer approach shots, on average, compared to the majority of the field on a weekly basis. This week, that should be a moot point as he will have a wedge or a short iron in most of the time, like the rest of the field.
Harman shows well in our other two key indicators. I was a bit surprised he wasn't a little higher in SG: putting. He is solidly in the top quarter of the PGA Tour in this stat in a tie for 46th, but his reputation is that of one of the best rollers of the rock there is.
His par 4 efficiency 400-450 yards is among the elite in the game, currently ranking 21st with a scoring average of 3.949 over 68 rounds.
I like Harman to compete for a top 10, in a deep field, at a course that plays to his strengths.
Xander Schauffele - $11,300
Amidst rumors of jumping ship to LIV, Xander Schauffele has continued to deny it. He even took a subtle shot at some of the guys who have left the PGA Tour, stating, "I want to play against the best players in the world, and they're on the PGA Tour. Nobody that has left has moved the needle for me."
Honestly, those comments alone almost made me select Schauffele. However, it's been his solid form of late that pushed me into this selection.
Over his last five events, he hasn't finished worse than a T-18th at the Memorial Tournament.
Despite not playing in this event in either of the last two seasons, I like Schauffele to contend for a win. His numbers back it up as well.
Not only is he one of the world's best all-around players (9th in SG: Total), he shows solidly in all three key indicators for the week. His worst, SG: putting, has always been his weakness. But it's still been solid this season as he ranks 62nd in that category.
Par 4 efficiency 400-450 yards is next. He comes in at 23rd here with a scoring average of 3.954 over 55 rounds.
His best showing of our key indicators is SG: ATG, where he ranks among the world's elites, coming in at 12th, picking up .719 shots per round on the field.
Justin Thomas - $11,800
My top dog this week is one of the world's hottest players, Justin Thomas. At a course that can give up birdies in bunches, this is the guy you want. Thomas averages 4.79 birdies per round, second on tour.
He has only missed one cut this season, the Charles Schwab Challenge. He might have an excuse for that, however, as it was fresh off the heels of winning the PGA Championship the week before. In total, Thomas has nine top 10 finishes this season.
His numbers also back up his performance. He's second in SG: total for the year. Of our three key indicators, SG: putting is his worst showing, and it's still solid at 40th. Thomas is elite in our other two key indicators. He is fourth in par 4 efficiency 400-450 yards with a scoring average of 3.920 over 61 rounds.
Lastly, he is sixth in SG: ATG, picking up .795 shots per round on the field for the year.
I like Thomas to also compete for a win this week. To be successful at TPC River Highlands, you need to make birdies, and he makes as many as anyone on tour.
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