Expert Picks: 2014 Travelers Championship


This week marks the 32nd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Keegan Bradley: One week after his best U.S. Open, he’ll thrive in a more relaxed environment this week.

Group 2: Brooks Koepka: Now with full PGA Tour privileges, he’s playing with house money for the remainder of the year.

Group 3: Morgan Hoffmann: Northeast product should be comfortable on the TPC River Highlands greens.

Group 4: Patrick Rodgers: Four up-and-comers make their pro debuts this week, including the ultra-talented Rodgers.

John Antonini

Group 1: Bubba Watson: The Bagdad Basher has overpowered TPC River Highlands with a first, a second, and a fourth here in the last four years. Watson often talks of visualizing shots on the course and he didn't see them last week in Pinehurst. He must have 20-10 vision in Cromwell.

Group 2: Graham DeLaet: The last four Travelers champions were first-time winners on the PGA Tour. Delaet, who was third in 2013, one stroke out of the Chris Stroud-Ken Duke playoff, is overdue for his first win.

Group 3: Andrew Svoboda: Svoboda grew up in Westchester County, N.Y., which is a little more than a hour away from Cromwell, Conn., via the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway, so we're betting on some home cooking for this St. John's grad. He was T-6 in Memphis in his last PGA Tour start.

Group 4: Ricky Barnes: Keeping with a theme, Barnes, like DeLaet and Svoboda, is winless on the PGA Tour. He was T-5 in 2010 and has plenty of New England connections. He played with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and his father was a punter for the Pats in the 1970s.