Sleeper Picks: Travelers Championship

June 21, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

The Travelers Championship is this week at TPC River Highlands. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:

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Of the players who didn't make the cut for our top picks, which have the best chance as sleepers?
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Sleeper Picks: Travelers Championship
Pick orderPlayer selected
ARJUN ATWAL. A T8 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship last month was his best finish of the year. He hasn't played since the Memorial Tournament, so he should be rested and ready to pour in birdies at TPC River Highlands.
CAMERON TRINGALE. He didn't get into last week's U.S. Open, but this former Georgia Tech star is on the move. He tied for eighth at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and tied for fifth at the Valero Texas Open. He won't face q-school again this fall.
KRIS BLANKS. His season has picked up in recent weeks with a T22 at the FedEx St. Jude and T10 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Good mojo to take to the Travelers, where he was T9 last year.
FREDRIK JACOBSON. He's coming off a T14 at the U.S. Open, plus he's picked up six other top-25 finishes this season. Jacobson is winless in 187 PGA TOUR starts -- will that change in No. 188 this week?
SCOTT VERPLANK. Hasn't played much golf since his strong April run, which is a good thing. Need him rested. Pushed Bubba Watson to the brink here last year and can easily do it again. His record here is scary good: also T9 in 2009.
KEVIN CHAPPELL. Tied Robert Garrigus for low American at the U.S. Open, finishing T3. That's the second top-10 finish for the rookie this year. With momentum -- and a secure TOUR card for 2012 -- Chappell should be in a great frame of mind.
BO VAN PELT. I was on BVP at the U.S. Open and he delivered with a T14, his second big effort for me in recent weeks. He may be tired, but he has two top-10s the last four years at the Travelers. So one more week, Bo, then you're entitled to a nap.
HEATH SLOCUM. Slocum comes to Hartford on the heels of his best week of the year -- shooting par or better all four rounds at the U.S. Open. He's got a solid history at TPC River Highlands, too, with a fourth-place finish in 2008 and two other top-25s in six starts.
BRANDT JOBE. Leads the TOUR in total driving and has resurrected his career at the age of 45. Has posted three straight top 25 finishes, including a runner-up at The Memorial three weeks ago at Muirfield Village.
BEN CURTIS. The one-time British Open winner has three top-25s this season but more importantly has a history of playing well at the Travelers, where he finished T14 last year, T4 in 2009, T13 in 2008 and T4 in 2005. That works for me.
Standings after 21 events
LAST WEEK: Amanda Balionis continued her march toward the top, taking over third thanks to Retief Goosen's T23:
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s FedExCup points
1 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 4 5 10 1081.01
2 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 6 8 751.89
3* Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
0 2 3 7 730.90
4 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 6 717.40
5 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 3 4 640.46
6 John Schwarb
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 6 612.10
7 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 7 522.33
8 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 1 4 481.28
9 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 3 319.34
10 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
0 0 1 3 323.44
*-Joining the panel after 16 events

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