Travelers: Watson Eyes Fourth Travelers Title

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Bubba Watson will head into the final round of the Travelers Championship atop the leaderboard alongside Kramer Hickok at 10-under. Despite holding the lead, neither should feel comfortable, as it is a slim one at best. Many pursuers lurk in the shadows as 14 players are within three-strokes of the duo and well within striking distance.

The oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook are privy to what could be a wide-open final round. Watson is deservingly listed as the favorite at +325 as he is not only the all-time earnings leader at the Travelers Championship, but also a three-time champion. He will look to add a fourth Travelers trophy to his mantle as well as another coveted navy-blue blazer to his closet.

Hickok on the other hand has drifted down to +900 behind the likes of Cameron Smith, Russell Henley, and Jason Day. At one point during the final round, the former Texas Longhorn possessed a two-stroke lead and was listed at +350 to win the tournament. Two sloppy bogeys on 17 and 18 backed Hickok up and thus further down the odds board.

With a less than convincing top of the leaderboard, it may be wise to forgo the players I mentioned above. While Watson is looking for his fourth title, it has been quite awhile since he’s experienced the Sunday sweat and even looked shaky at times on Saturday. In the final group with him is Hickok, who is looking for his first PGA Tour victory so question marks around his closing abilities present themselves organically.

Henley was the 54-hole leader a week ago, but a Sunday 76 drifted the former Georgia Bulldog outside the top-10 at the U.S. Open. While he is a multiple time winner on the PGA Tour and will have taken some lessons from Torrey Pines, I am still not convinced, and will happily be proven wrong if the case.

The same goes for Day but for a different reason. From the start of his third round, Day looked extremely uncomfortable due to his lingering back injury. While battling pain, sniffles, coughs, and pollen, Day was still able to shoot even-par in Round 3. His health is such a mystery and while I would side with a fully healthy Day in most instances, I am skeptical of his chances tomorrow.

That leads us down the odds board and to the players at 8-under and 7-under. There are a number of players who have a real chance to win this tournament tomorrow. Sitting just a few strokes back, a fast start will be required if one expects to chase down Watson and Co.

Updated Odds to Win (Odds Via PointsBet):

+325: Bubba Watson

+700: Cameron Smith

+800: Russell Henley

+850: Jason Day

+900: Kramer Hickok

+1400: Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Harris English

+2800: Brian Harman, K.H. Lee

+3300: Brice Garnett, Patrick Cantlay

+6600: Matt Jones

+8000: Abraham Ancer

Round 4 Plays (Odds Via PointsBet):

Harris English (+1400 to win):

I am already on English pre-tournament at +5000, but am still comfortable recommending him as a selection at +1400. His play on Saturday was nearly flawless, but a couple late mistakes left us with a sour taste in our mouths. Still, he sits only two-strokes behind Watson and Hickok and has a legitimate chance to capture his second victory of the season.

After making bogey on his opening hole, English played his next 13 holes in 6-under. This stretch of golf included three consecutive birdies on holes 4 through 6. At 10-under, English headed to the drivable par-4 15th looking to add to his birdie total. Unfortunately, English hit his tee shot into the water, leading to his second bogey of the day. He would then add his third on the very next hole as English three-putted from just outside 40 feet.

The last time we saw English in the thick of things on a Sunday, it was ugly. A couple weeks ago at the Palmetto Championship, English wilted on the back-nine in the final round. I am hoping that lit a fire under him and will possibly help him during tomorrow’s 18. That's exactly what happened at the U.S. Open as English vaulted up the leaderboard in the final round en route to a solo third, but was never really in the mix to win in my opinion. He's in a much better position this week and with the opportunity to free-wheel it around TPC River Highlands, English will need just an average putting round (for his standards) to play spoiler to Watson and Hickok.

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