Experts' Picks: Travelers Championship

June, 22, 2011
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Each week of the PGA Tour season, our experts will share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories below: Birdie Buster, Horse for the Course, Super Sleeper and Winner.

This week's tournament: The Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

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ESPN.com golf writer Bob Harig

Birdie Buster: Brandt Snedeker
The winner at the Heritage earlier this year, Snedeker comes into the Travelers after a good performance at the U.S. Open, where he tied for 11th.

Horse for the Course: Hunter Mahan
The winner of the Travelers in 2007, Mahan has had good success at TPC River Highlands, with a pair of runner-ups and a fourth as well.

Super Sleeper: Padraig Harrington
The three-time major champion has slipped outside of the top 50 in the world for the first time in nearly a decade and is still trying to find his game.

Winner: Zach Johnson
A seven-time tour winner, TPC River Highlands sets up nicely for him. And he's trying to get a victory on tour for the fifth straight year.


ESPN.com senior golf editor Kevin Maguire

Birdie Buster: Bubba Watson
In his past three appearances in Cromwell, Conn., the long-hitting Watson earned a victory last year to go along with two other top-14 finishes. He returns to defend his first PGA Tour title that saw him skyrocket in popularity and end in making the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2010.

Horse for the Course: Vijay Singh
Five of the seven times Singh has played TPC River Highlands, he's finished in the top 20. Only four times in 28 rounds has he failed to shoot even par or better. Plus, he's well-rested after passing up on U.S. Open qualifying a couple of weeks back after the Memorial.

Super Sleeper: J.B. Holmes
If a bomber like Bubba Watson can win it last year, Holmes -- who already has five top-10s this year -- just might fit the bill.

Winner: Ryan Moore
Despite missing the cut last week at the U.S. Open, Moore has been remarkably consistent this season, with just that one MC and one WD at the start of the season. His past eight rounds at the Travelers Championship have been under par, so a second PGA Tour victory could be right around the corner.

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