The Travelers Championship is set for June 24-27 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup as the PGA Tour continues its season following the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Here's what our best Travelers Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,400)
It was nice to see DJ back on the first page of a leaderboard, however briefly. Johnson looked like he might contend on Sunday at the U.S. Open before a triple bogey ended his chances, but he did post his second consecutive top 20 after a missed cut at the PGA, and he returns to the tournament that jumpstarted his run to the FedExCup in 2020. DJ blistered TPC River Highlands last year with a third-round 61, giving him enough of a Sunday cushion to survive a couple of late hiccups. Johnson hasn't won in the U.S. since his fall Masters title, but the relatively quiet and pressure-free Connecticut environs should be the perfect spot for him to rediscover his groove.
Bubba Watson ($8,900)
It was a lost weekend for Bubba at Torrey Pines. A second-round 67 put him squarely in contention for his third major, but a disappointing 77-76 finish left him at T50 (alongside 36-hole leader Richard Bland). Still, Bubba is showing signs of life, and as a three-time Travelers champion, he qualifies as this week's course thoroughbred. In fact, his last win anywhere came at the 2018 Travelers, where a final-round 63 gave him a three-shot win. He could join Billy Casper as the event's only four-time winners.
Phil Mickelson ($7,800)
Yes, we keep beating the drum for Phil, and no, it doesn't always make a lot of sense. But this week, we think it does. Lefty is relaxed and confident these days, basking in his elder statesman status; he was last seen chillaxing with Jon Rahm's wife while Rahm prepared for a possible U.S. Open playoff and finding his way into the limelight in a week when he finished T62. But he's more than a sideshow. He has relevant golf left to play and would no doubt love a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Contending this week would help that cause.
Stewart Cink ($7,300)
Like Lefty, Cink is a two-time champion at this event, although his last win here came in 2008. Still, his resurgent 2021 season has to put him among the players to watch this week. Cink's made-cuts streak sits at seven, a run that includes his win at the Heritage. TPC River Highlands rewards accuracy, and Cink ranks 7th in GIR this season.
Mackenzie Hughes ($7,100)
At the U.S. Open on Sunday, Hughes was in the unfortunate position of being in a prime-time pairing in a major before he was ready for it. The result was predictable: a final-round 77 — the highlight of which was a ball stuck in a tree — and a T15 finish. But don't let that detract from a stellar (and unexpected) performance. Plus, Hughes is a course horse; he finished T3 here last year on the strength of an opening 60. Plus, he's a good guy, and we like rooting for those.
Chez Reavie ($7,000)
After Reavie won the 2019 Travelers by four shots, he was ranked 26th in the world and looked like a rising star. That star has dimmed considerably since; he enters this year's Travelers at No. 142. But there are hopeful signs: He played the weekend at the U.S. Open thanks to a second-round 68, and that was after a T14 at Palmetto snapped a streak of six straight missed cuts. A return to the scene of his greatest moment could get him back on track.
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