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Travelers Championship Power Rankings

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PGA Tour: Travelers Championship Power Rankings

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Many pro golfers that participate in a major championship choose to take a week or two off to decompress. It’s always interesting to keep an eye on the ones that play the very next week to see how they hold up after the rigors of a major. There are several players from last week’s U.S. Open teeing up at the Travelers Championship, including the champion Justin Rose.

You won’t find Rose in these power rankings, however. The media tour that he took in addition to the mental and physical strain that he put on his body likely have him in a place that won’t allow him to compete this week. There are a few guys that played last week at Merion Golf Club that I think have a legitimate shot at winning at TPC River Highlands.

This is a short course – even shorter than Merion – but certainly does not come without its own unique perils. This track is one that requires a solid strategy heading into the week. After that, it’s all about ball striking. You’ve gotta be able to get the ball on the green in regulation here in order to have a chance at taking home the title.

Not many events have the drama and mystique that surround a major championship, but the Travelers Championship is certainly not to be overlooked. A great deal of excitement can be garnered at a short track like this one and I fully expect guys to be attacking the pin this week.

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#5 Harris English

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I’ve been high on this guy for much of the year. Hasn’t played since his win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which was the first win of his career. He has the ability to go low, ranking 22nd in par breakers and 47th in scoring.

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#4 Marc Leishman

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The defending champion, Leishman needed a final round 62 to secure victory last year. He’s proven he can go low on this track and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another row in the low 60s this week.

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#3 Jason Dufner

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Hasn’t been here since 2008 but is coming off a tie for fourth last week. Mr. Excitement is 28th in greens in regulation and 30th in adjusted scoring. His ball striking should propel him to contention this week.

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#2 Rickie Fowler

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Tied for the low round of the tournament at the U.S. Open last week en route to a tie for 10th place. The last time he showed up here he tied for 14th. Fowler is 34th in scoring average on the season and but will have to do better than his average of hitting only 63% of greens in regulation.

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#1 Hunter Mahan

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There’s not much to dislike about Mahan at this event. He’s the career money leader here thanks to a win, two second place finishes and a tie for fourth. He is coming off a more than respectable showing at last week’s U.S. Open and his game is a great fit for this course.