Fantasy Island Travelers Championship


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CROMWELL, Conn. ' It was easier to determine who not to pick for this weeks Travelers Championship than it was selecting a potential winner. Note to fantasy types: you might want to avoid the 42 players in this weeks field who made the late-night drive from Bethpage State Park in New York to TPC River Highlands. And that includes U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.
Glove & Co. may be on form, but last weeks muddy marathon didnt leave much in the tank, which means the Travelers test will probably go to the freshest legs.

Pick a Foursome: Within the top 10, Kenny Perry has a better record at River Highlands but Vijay Singh is a workhorse who plays more than most and may be best equipped to handle the quick turnaround.
If Johnson can shake out of his Open funk, he has the same type of game Stewart Cink used to win last years Travelers Championship ' hit the fairway (T-10 last year) and make a putt (T-8 in putting average).
Picks: Vijay Singh, Anthony Kim, Zach Johnson, David Toms
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).

Salary Cap: In his last three trips to River Highlands Hunter Mahan has finished T-2 (2006), first (2007) and T-2 (2008) and if not for an unlucky kick off a flagstick on Monday at Bethpage he could be spending his Tuesday playing another 18 with Glover. Instead hes in Cromwell and, with enough energy drinks, should be a favorite to closet his second blue blazer.
Streelman played well last year in Cromwell (T-10), watched the Open slog from his couch and, according to caddie Mike Collins, is one week away from his first Tour title.
Picks: Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson, Kevin Streelman, Ryan Moore, David Toms (Total: $7.199 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.

Pick One: Michael Allen. He may be a senior, but he hits it plenty long enough for River Highlands, is rested after watching the Bethpage Bath and has had some success, T-6 last year, at an event that is older than he is.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardMichael AllenYes, the same Michael Allen who won last months Senior PGA and has played 335 Tour events without a victory. All of which means hes due and is hungry to become the first player to win his first Tour title after winning his first senior tilt.$2,702,602
Jay CoffinHunter MahanIt may be too much to ask to expect him to rebound from an exhausting Open but he hasnt finished worse than second here the past three years.$4,548,089
Mercer BaggsSteve MarinoGotta go low this week and he can do that. Plus he didn't play the U.S. Open so should be fresh.$5,425,811
Erik PetersonHunter MahanThe most relaxed golfer at Bethpage during the final round of the U.S. Open. And his last three years at the Travelers arent bad either (T-2, Win, T-2).$3,783,852
Brian KoresselVijay SinghGame is on the upswing and I liked his solid final-round showing at Bethpage. Not to mention his results from the Travelers the last two years.$4,819,634
Dena DavisVijay SinghVijay notched 4th and 5th place finishes in '08 and '07, respectively. I'll take it. $3,698,984
Jerry FoltzHunter MahanCarries over solid play from Bethpage into Cromwell, and with added confidence. $2,994,307


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