2013 Travelers Championship: 5 Outsiders To Contend

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2013 Travelers Championship: 5 Outsiders To Contend

5 Outsiders To Contend
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It’s always difficult to pick a winner in the week following the highs of any major championship, and this week’s Travelers Championship is no different.

Some will suffer a U.S. Open hangover, while others will improve on last week, and all will no doubt relish the opportunity to play out of the rough without risking a dislocated shoulder. One thing’s for sure — the winning score will not be one over par.

Despite the absence of notables such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and others, this week’s event boasts a handsome purse of over $6 million, as well as a fine field that includes newly-crowned U.S. Open champion and world no. 3 Justin Rose.

Understandably, the betting market is being led by Rose and Hunter Mahan, with the likes of Lee Westwood, Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson featuring among those priced at 20/1 or less.

I’m not saying these guys won’t win — I’d be very surprised if Mahan and Dufner don’t contend — but I’m suggesting you looking beyond them this week in search of some value, and value you will find with several form players with notable experience featuring in the high odds category.

Having reviewed the betting prices and looking at last week’s performances, here are my Top 5 outsiders for this week.

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Nicolas Colsaerts

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Nicolas Colsaerts enjoyed a good week at the U.S. Open, finishing in a tie for 10th, one of his best performances of the year so far.

The Belgian is a streaky player to say the least. He bombs it from the tee, but his short game is indifferent if not downright poor. You wouldn’t have thought so watching the Ryder Cup last year, when the hole seemed more like a bucket, but he has struggled on the greens since.

What we can deduce from this is that when Colsaerts putts well, he contends as he did at the WGC Accenture Matchplay, the Zurich Classic, and again last week. He tends to mix good performances with missed cuts, and little in between — he’s basically on or he’s off.

Considering his good play last week, and a price of 40/1, he could be worth the risk this week.

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Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler would have been right in the mix last week but for a disappointing final round 74. It was a similar story at Augusta, when the young Californian signed off with a disastrous 78.

Since then, he’s been out of sorts, and although missing only one cut, his placings have been well down the field. Last week's performance was his best since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and signifies a welcome return to form.

As a confidence player, last week will have done wonders for him and priced at 25/1, I believe he’s worth a shot.

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Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter is another who is showing signs of a badly-needed return to form in what has been a lacklustre season from the Englishman so far. He won’t have been happy with his closing 76 last week, but will be buoyed by his play in the first three days.

He will be more than anxious to take advantage of his form and stop his decline in the world rankings. This week could be the turning point in his season. I think the offered price of 50/1 on Poulter is outstanding value bearing in mind his performance last week.

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G F Castano

G F Castano
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Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has put in two fine performances in this year’s majors, finishing tied-20th at The Masters, and tied-10th at last week’s U.S. Open. Although currently just a temporary member of the U.S. tour, you can expect to see a lot more of ‘Gonzo’ in the future.

He’s another very streaky player who can sometimes suffer from a nasty pull shot, but when his ball striking is on, he can be spectacular. He also has superb ability in mid-range putting.

As a temporary member who doesn’t attract a lot of attention, he comes in here very much under the radar despite last week’s performance, and is priced handsomely at 66/1.

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Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera
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Angel Cabrera may have missed the cut last week, but when any multiple major champion is priced at 100/1, I’ll gladly have a piece of it. His form has been steady though not spectacular since his playoff defeat at The Masters, but ‘El Pato’, with his experience and talent, can strike at any time.

Having experienced a roller coaster ride thanks to my bet on him at The Masters at an even greater price, I’d rather be on him at 100/1 than ruing a missed opportunity come Sunday night.