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Favorites, players to follow at PGA Tour's Travelers Championship

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Patrick Cantlay, ranked sixth in the world, is coming off a T-14 at the U.S. Open.

In this week's FPBcast, Mike Szvetitz and Gerry Ahern discuss golf's young guns, as well as some favorite Father's Day memories.

The 2022 U.S. Open provided great theater from start to finish at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

In one of the top clutch golf performances of recent vintage, Matt Fitzpatrick's amazing approach out of a bunker on 18 in the final round helped him fend off a playoff, Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler to capture his first career major.

Fitzpatrick closed with a 2-under 68, 6-under for the tournament and a shot better than Zalatoris, thrice a major runnerup, and Scheffler, the Masters champion. Fitz sits this week.

The PGA Tour, however, resumes in Crowell, Conn., for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. The par-70 course, spanning a mere 6,841 yards, is one of the shortest on Tour. A large lake comes into play on holes 15-17.

The field is strong, including top-10 competitors Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy and Sam Burns. Justin Thomas announced Wednesday he wouldn't play this week due to a back injury.

You can follow the action starting Thursday (3-6 p.m., Golf Channel), Friday (3-6 p.m., GC), Saturday (1-3 p.m., GC; 3-6 p.m., CBS) and Sunday (1-3 p.m., GC; 3-6 p.m., CBS).

FrontPageBets had McIlroy as our pick to win in Brookline. The Northern Irishman challenged, but finished T-5, four shots back.

Who catches our fancy this week? Bets of note follow below.

(All odds courtesy of DraftKings)

The favorites: Scheffler and McIlroy (+900)

World No. 1 Scheffler posted 67s in rounds 2 and 4 at The Country Club. With four wins, including at Augusta, and nine top 10s, he's consistently a threat. McIlroy, who won the RBC Canadian Open a week prior, is ranked second and seems as locked in as he has been in years. We'll look outside the chalk despite these players impeccable credentials.  

Pick to win: Cantlay (+1400)

Coming off a T-14 at the U.S. Open, No. 6 Cantlay appears ready to build on an already strong campaign. With a win at the Zurich Classic and seven top 10s thus far, he rarely misses a chance to capitalize. He has played well here throughout his career and shown he can go low. The price is right. 

Top 5: Jordan Spieth (+400)

Spieth loves this course and triumphed here in 2017. He was T-37 in Brookline and failed to break par. But moving down the road in New England should suit him. Ranked 11th, he has a win at the RBC Heritage and four top 10s. Make it five as his 1.340 strokes gained tee-to-green performance helps him along. 

Top 10: Aaron Wise (+450)

Wise was in contention at the U.S. Open, 4-under through the second round, before closing with a 75 and a 74 to finish T-27. He's been in the hunt multiple times this year, finishing second at the Memorial, T-5 at the CJ Cup and T-6 at The Mexico Open at Vidanta. His game fits to finish strong this time.

More notable Travelers Championship odds to win

Burns (+1800)

Xander Schauffele (+2000)

Seamus Power (+2800)

Keegan Bradley (+2800)

Sungjae Im (+3500)

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Gerry Ahern is senior content editor for FrontPageBets. A 35-year veteran sports editor and digital media executive, he has led coverage of the biggest events in sports, from Super Bowls, to Final Fours, to Olympics, to the Masters.

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