By Brandon Raper @Brandon__Raper on June 19, 2014
Just a week removed from the U.S. Open, many players might want to rest and recover from the grind of a major championship, but there's no rest for the weary on the PGA Tour. The Travelers Championship provides a great opportunity for players to make big moves in the FedEx Cup race.
TPC River Highlands has a history of producing first-time winners, but this week's rankings have some big names present. How will it play out? Only time can tell.
Keegan Bradley has two top-10s since the Masters, including last week's tie for fourth at Pinehurst. Each time, he's been undone by just one poor round, and he looks like he's on the verge of winning as soon as he can keep the blow-up number off the board.
Bradley has made the cut in all three of his starts here, and has been steadily improving. His game around the green will make up for any misses this week in Connecticut.
Compton may not have won last week, but it's safe to say a lot more people know his name and story now than they did seven days ago. He doesn't want to be known as "the guy with the heart transplants," and what better stage than this to back up his incredible run from the U.S. Open? Could the veteran be the first-time winner of this year's tournament?
After being limited by thumb and wrist injuries earlier this year, the Aussie looks to have shaken any rust off his game with yet another run to the top-five in the U.S. Open. Day's only previous start here was in 2008, so history won't be a factor. Watch for Day to look more and more like the guy who finished second at Torrey Pines and won the WGC Match Play this week.
Does anything stop Matt Kuchar? The Travelers will be his sixth start in the last seven weeks, with his surprising MC from the Crowne Plaza the only blemish on his record. That type of consistency is nothing new for Kuch, but a second 2014 win would be a true accomplishment.
Key to Kuchar's success this week? Convert on par-3's, where he ranks just 121st on Tour in birdie-or-better conversion percentage this season.
If Bubba's game is suited perfectly for Augusta National and the Masters, Watson won his first PGA Tour title here in 2010, finished second in 2012, and then fourth last year. Combine that with the fact that he's playing better everywhere this year, and you see why he tops my list.
While the missed cut at Pinehurst was a disappointment, it wasn't shocking. Such is the nature of Bubba's game. He's still got the skills to win again this week.
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