Action Report: Will Tommy Fleetwood Break Through at Travelers Championship?

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Tommy Fleetwood waves after his putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday, June 18, 2023, in Los Angeles.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jun 21, 2023, 11:22 AM

Tommy Fleetwood has been around the game for a long time; this week’s Travelers Championship will be his 121st start on the PGA Tour. 

Despite five runner-up finishes, Fleetwood is still looking for his first win on the PGA Tour (although he does have six wins worldwide). 

The 32-year-old is considered one of the best players still seeking his first career win, but many bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook believe that will change this week at the Travelers Championship.

As of Wednesday, Fleetwood is pulling in the second-highest handle (9.3%) on the second-most tickets (6.8%). Since it’s a designated event, he will be competing against virtually all of the game’s best.

Fleetwood enters the week playing exceptional golf of late. He finished T-5 at last week’s U.S. Open, and then lost in a playoff to Nick Taylor at the RBC Canadian Open the week before that. 

Specific to this week and TPC River Highlands, Fleetwood has only played in the event twice, finishing T-13 in 2019 and T-46 a year ago.

His odds opened at +3300 and are now down to +2800.

At just over 6,800 yards, the course is not long by any means and requires hitting fairways to set up scoring opportunities with wedges. 

There will be plenty of birdies, as over the last five years, the winning score has been 13-under or better every year, including 19-under during two of the last three.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is also a popular play, drawing the third-highest handle (9%) on the third-most tickets (6.4%).

Even though he’s gone eight starts without a win, he’s still the hottest player in the game, logging 17 straight top-12 finishes, including five straight top-5 finishes.

Scheffler’s best finish in three tries at TPC River Highlands is a T-13 last year. He opened at +650 and is now +600 to win.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Jon Rahm – 10.3%
  2. Tommy Fleetwood – 9.3%
  3. Scottie Scheffler – 9%
  4. Tom Kim – 5.8%
  5. Rory McIlroy – 5.4%

Tickets

  1. Rory McIlroy – 7%
  2. Tommy Fleetwood – 6.8%
  3. Scottie Scheffler – 6.4%
  4. Jon Rahm – 4.4%
  5. Xander Schauffele – 4.3%

It’s no surprise Rahm (+1000) and McIlroy (+1000) are popular plays, but it is worth noting neither player has a top-10 finish at this event. 

Schauffele (+1400) is the defending champion and drawing 4.3% of the tickets and 4% of the handle.

The biggest liabilities are Fleetwood, Tom Kim (+3500 after opening +5000) and Austin Eckroat (+8000 after opening +12500).

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”