Rory McIlroy knocked out of outright favorite spot for first time since October

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Darren Carroll for Golf Digest

Two straight weeks of dramatic finishes on the PGA Tour means golf fans have high expectations for this week’s Travelers Championship. The good news is that TPC River Highlands is known for producing compelling finishes with its fun four-hole finishing stretch (Jordan Spieth’s playoff win over Daniel Berger comes immediately to mind).

Like we’ve seen at Colonial and Harbour Town, we have a strong field once again, with the world’s top five players traveling to Connecticut, including 20 of the top 25 playing (Patrick Cantlay makes his season debut; Hideki Matsuyama and Matt Kuchar are sitting out after playing the RBC Heritage; with Adam Scott, Tiger Woods and Tommy Fleetwood continuing to sit out).

This week also marks the first event since the 2019 Zozo Championship in October when Rory McIlroy is not the outright favorite in an event he’s playing in. Justin Thomas, who was the favorite that week, is a co-favorite with Rory this week after JT fired a final-round 63 on Sunday. Interestingly, JT’s history at TPC River Highlands isn’t so strong … he has only one finish better than 30th place in six starts, but that included a T-3 in 2016 after a final-round 62. Rory has a T-17 in 2017 and a T-12 2018 to his record.

Bubba Watson’s record is best here with his three victories. He’s 33-1 this week, behind a litany of strong players who have all flashed at some point during the tour’s return. Here’s the full odds board for the 2020 Travelers Championship.

Travelers Championship Odds (Courtesy of BetMGM):

Justin Thomas: 12-1

Rory McIlroy: 12-1

Bryson DeChambeau: 14-1

Jon Rahm: 18-1

Brooks Koepka: 20-1

Webb Simpson: 20-1

Patrick Cantlay: 25-1

Dustin Johnson: 28-1

Justin Rose: 28-1

Paul Casey: 28-1

Xander Schauffele: 28-1

Abraham Ancer: 33-1

Bubba Watson: 33-1

Collin Morikawa: 33-1

Patrick Reed: 33-1

Sungjae Im: 35-1

Gary Woodland: 45-1

Jordan Spieth: 45-1

Marc Leishman: 45-1

Matthew Fitzpatrick: 45-1

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Sergio Garcia: 50-1

Joaquin Niemann: 50-1

Tony Finau: 55-1

Corey Conners: 66-1

Viktor Hovland: 66-1

Ian Poulter: 70-1

J.T. Poston: 70-1

Scottie Scheffler: 70-1

Brian Harman: 80-1

Joel Dahmen: 80-1

Kevin Kisner: 80-1

Billy Horschel: 90-1

Jason Kokrak: 90-1

Branden Grace: 100-1

Brandt Snedeker: 100-1

Jason Day: 100-1

Kevin Na: 100-1

Louis Oosthuizen: 100-1

Ryan Palmer: 100-1

Shane Lowry: 100-1

Byeong Hun An: 125-1

Chez Reavie: 125-1

Harold Varner III: 125-1

Keegan Bradley: 125-1

Lucas Glover: 125-1

Max Homa: 125-1

Phil Mickelson: 125-1

Rafa Cabrera-Bello: 125-1

Ryan Moore: 125-1

Bud Cauley: 150-1

Cameron Champ: 150-1

Dylan Frittelli: 150-1

Kevin Streelman: 150-1

Patrick Rodgers: 150-1

Russell Henley: 150-1

Brendan Steele: 175-1

Carlos Ortiz: 175-1

Charl Schwartzel: 175-1

Charley Hoffman: 175-1

Danny Lee: 175-1

Jhonattan Vegas: 175-1

Jim Furyk: 175-1

Joseph Bramlett: 175-1

Matthew Wolff: 175-1

Beau Hossler: 200-1

Brice Garnett: 200-1

Cameron Smith: 200-1

Graeme McDowell: 200-1

Grayson Murray: 200-1

Luke List: 200-1

Matt Jones: 200-1

Matt Wallace: 200-1

Russell Knox: 200-1

Sebastian Munoz: 200-1

Vaughn Taylor: 200-1

Doc Redman: 225-1

Harry Higgs: 225-1

Matthew NeSmith: 225-1

Scott Stallings: 225-1

Stewart Cink: 225-1

Tom Hoge: 225-1

Brendon Todd: 250-1

Danny Willett: 250-1

Hudson Swafford: 250-1

James Hahn: 250-1

Luke Donald: 250-1

Mark Hubbard: 250-1

Talor Gooch: 250-1

Tyler Duncan: 250-1

Zach Johnson: 250-1

Brian Stuard: 300-1

Cameron Davis: 300-1

Cameron Tringale: 300-1

Chris Stroud: 300-1

C.T. Pan: 300-1

Emiliano Grillo: 300-1

Jamie Lovemark: 300-1

Keith Mitchell: 300-1

Lanto Griffin: 300-1

Mackenzie Hughes: 300-1

Michael Thompson: 300-1

Sam Burns: 300-1

Sam Ryder: 300-1

Sepp Straka: 300-1

Si Woo Kim: 300-1

Steve Stricker: 300-1

Sung Kang: 300-1

Wyndham Clark: 300-1

Aaron Wise: 350-1

Adam Long: 350-1

Adam Schenk: 350-1

Cameron Percy: 350-1

Kevin Chappell: 350-1

Kevin Tway: 350-1

Kyle Stanley: 350-1

Kyoung-Hoon. Lee: 350-1

Lucas Bjerregaard: 350-1

Nate Lashley: 350-1

Peter Malnati: 350-1

Richy Werenski: 350-1

Robby Shelton: 350-1

Sahith Theegala: 350-1

Troy Merritt: 350-1

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Aaron Baddeley: 400-1

Bronson Burgoon: 400-1

Denny McCarthy: 400-1

Will Gordon: 400-1

Bo Hoag: 500-1

Brian Gay: 500-1

Hank Lebioda: 500-1

Henrik Norlander: 500-1

J.J. Spaun: 500-1

Matt Every: 500-1

Patton Kizzire: 500-1

Peter Kuest: 500-1

Rob Oppenheim: 500-1

Ryan Armour: 500-1

Scott Brown: 500-1

Scott Harrington: 500-1

Seung-Yul Noh: 500-1

Wesley Bryan: 500-1

Zac Blair: 500-1

Xinjun Zhang: 500-1

Austin Cook: 600-1

Ted Potter Jr.: 600-1

Hunter Mahan: 750-1

J.J. Henry: 750-1

Roger Sloan: 750-1

Bo Van Pelt: 1000-1

Davis Love III: 1000-1

Greg Chalmers: 1000-1

Martin Trainer: 1000-1

Michael Kim: 1000-1

Vijay Singh: 1000-1