PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Fantasy One and Done & DraftKings (Travelers Championship)

Updated: June 24, 2015
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TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut

What an unbelievable finish at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay last week! After all the whining about the condition of the greens and the topography of the course (most of which was probably warranted) and the fans at home having to endure the horrendous coverage by Fox Sports in it’s U.S. Open debut, we all got what we wanted late on the back nine on Sunday – a handful of the top players in the world battling it out for the trophy. It was absolutely gutting to watch Dustin Johnson 3 putt on the 18th green to hand Jordan Spieth his 2nd straight major championship. D.J. has now found just about every way to lose a major championship on Sunday, we felt horrible for him. With the win the Grand Slam is alive and well for Spieth as he’ll try to add the 3rd leg at St. Andrews next month. As for the BLS fantasy picks – it was a mediocre week at best. Bubba Watson’s true colors came out and he melted down – not surprising. Justin Rose made the cut but finished in the middle of the pack. As for the DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest, we had a decent week but won’t be retiring just yet (maybe after the Open Championship, full DraftKings review below). We imagine the players who played in the U.S. Open and are playing this week in Connecticut have never been happier to see the green grass and perfect greens of the PGA Tour.

The Travelers Championship offers a free charter flight to Connecticut for those who competed at the U.S. Open, thus the field is strong each and every year at TPC River Highlands. The Travelers will have 10 of the players who finished inside the top-25 at Chambers Bay in the field this week. After all the struggles to make pars last week, the Travelers usually produces a large number of birdies on the 6,841 yard par 70 course that is the 2nd shortest on the PGA Tour schedule. Last year Kevin Streelman birdied the last 7 holes in a row to capture the title – a PGA Tour record streak to finish a tournament. The last 4 holes at TPC River Highlands usually produce high drama as 3 of the 4 holes have substantial water in play and 15 is a drivable par 4 with water that brings eagle and double bogey into play. Moderate temperatures are expected throughout the weekend and a threat of rain cannot be ruled out. Winds should be moderate and not much of an issue at TPC River Highlands. Here’s how our guys see it going down this week in the Northeast.


Patrick reedR-O‘s Pick — Patrick Reed – (16-1)

I should have known that Bubba Watson wouldn’t have the intestinal fortitude to compete at a course like Chambers Bay in a field as deep as the U.S. Open. He couldn’t have been more of a whiny bitch up in the Northwest at the 2nd major championship of the season. At least I got the joy of berating him on Twitter after he missed the cut. To add insult to injury, Dustin Johnson 3-putting 18 cost me what would have been a substantial amount of money had he found a way to get it done. I’ve now had 8 2nd place finishes this season with straight win bets (I have won a couple times but that has to be some sort of record). It’s time to kick start this 2nd half of this fantasy season as my bad reads have moved me down near the bottom of the standings. Speaking of reads, let’s go ahead and take Patrick Reed this week at TPC River Highlands. The Travelers is usually a shootout and Reed ranks in the top-15 in birdies on the PGA Tour this season. He’s had 11 top-25s in 18 events and only missed 1 cut this season. I also liked the way he putted last week on the treacherous greens at Chambers Bay. I look for Reed to go low often this week in Connecticut. Be sure to check my Twitter for win bets this week and you too can feel what it’s like to finish 2nd every single week!

Brendan SteeleFOX‘s Pick – Brendan Steele – (36-1)

My theory about bombers not dominating Chambers Bay turned out not to be as accurate as I thought pre-tournament. Dustin Johnson showed that driving accuracy and length (Think he averaged 340 off the tee) were pretty much the ultimate variable in successful negotiation of the US Open. Justin Rose basically had to play perfect and he was far from it. He made the cut and was relatively in the hunt until late Saturday. In retrospect, I would have taken a bomber with great putting stats inside of ten feet. Hind is 20-20 – so what can you do? Moving to this week at the Travelers Championship. There are a handful of guys that make a lot of sense this week. I suspect much of our field will take Snedeker and why not? He’s red-hot and can historically be a streaky player. Bubba, Sergio and Leishman all have great track records at TPC River Highlands. I’m going with another golfer who has a spectacular track record here and is a true “horse for this course.” He’s got 3 top-15s out of 4 starts. Horse for the course, opened last year’s Travelers with an impressive 62 and most recently, has a T9 at Quail Hollow. The track record, the ability to go low and recent solid play make Brendan my confident pick this week. Good luck!



Last Week Review:


Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place, Washington

Bubba WatsonR-O’s Pick — Bubba Watson – (35-1)

Finish: MC ($0)

Fantasy Season Standing: 38th


Justin RoseFOX’s Pick — Justin Rose – (17-1)

Finish: T-27th ($64,126)

Fantasy Season Standing: 13th






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DraftKings Review: U.S. Open

Cashing 3 out of 7 squads in the $2.5 Millionaire Maker last week was actually fairly respectable considering the amount of teams that were involved in the contest. We didn’t win the million thanks in large part to Bubba Watson playing like the jerk that he is. Back to the regular contests this week and back to being profitable.






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