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Top 3 Players to Watch at Travelers Championship: A Fan’s Take

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With Webb Simpson picking up his first career major at the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour now moves to Connecticut for the 2012 Travelers Championship. Fredrik Jacobson will be looking to defend his title against a field that includes winners from ten events on the Tour this year. What follows are the top three players to watch as the event kicks off.

Webb Simpson

Even though Simpson won twice on the PGA Tour last year, his win at the U.S. Open last week was clearly the defining victory of his career to this point in time. He has played well this year following a breakout year in 2011, with five top 10 finishes and 12 cuts made in 14 starts. Webb isn't all that great with the driver (152nd on Tour in total driving) but is consistent with his irons and has a great putter as well. I would expect him to be in contention this week as the TPC River Highlands isn't all that difficult and should give Simpson a lot of birdie opportunities.

Zach Johnson

Zach got off to a rough start last week with a 77 on Thursday but played well after that and was able to finish T41. He already has a win on the year at the Crowne Plaza Invitational and has only missed one cut in 15 starts this year. Unlike Simpson, Zach Johnson's strength is his driving accuracy, and if he can hit a lot of fairways this week and set himself up with some easy approach shots, I could certainly see Johnson in contention come the weekend.

Bubba Watson

Since his win at the Masters a little while back Watson has played poorly, with two missed cuts in three starts. However, he does have a good history at this week's event (won it back in 2010) and with the course being only around 6,800 yards this week, Watson's distance should prove to be a great advantage for him. The key, though, will be his putting, as he seems to have fallen off a bit since the great week at Augusta National.

Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade.

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