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US Open contingent swerved in favour of Scot for Travelers C’ship

| 24.06.2015

Until Kevin Streelman lifted the trophy in 2014, the previous four winners of the Travelers Championship had been first-time victors on the PGA Tour and a reversion back to that trend is predicted in 2015.

With many in the Connecticut field having performed so admirably in the acutely testing surrounds of Chambers Bay just days before, it would be easy to recommend a few of the hottest US Open participants here.

Four of the top 10 are set to tee it up at TPC River Highlands in fact, and of those, it’s Brandt Snedeker who does get a theoretical tip of the cap.

The 16/1 shot’s putter continued to do the talking at the US Open, where a final-round 68 ensured a third-straight top 10 for the Nashville native on the Tour, heading to a course where he tied for 11th 12 months ago.

However, while Snedeker’s Chambers Bay exploits alongside others at the pointiest end of the market will attract punters like bees to the honey pot, a certain Scot has claims too good to ignore.

Russell Knox didn’t qualify for the second major of the year, but the Jacksonville University graduate has been stalking a breakthrough victory stateside for some time.

The 40/1 chance, 28th in the FedEx Cup stakes, has been close to the wire on a few occasions during a hugely consistent season to date.

He posted thirds at the Shriners and Honda Classic, while his last effort of a tie for eighth in Memphis made it seven consecutive cuts avoided.

It’s the 30-year-old’s current performance in regards to three telling stats which really mark him out.

When Streelman took the title last year, he ranked tied 10th in greens in regulation, eighth in proximity to the hole and co-led the field in par-4 scoring.

Knox, who coincidentally finished 13th at TPC River Highlands in 2013, is eighth in GIR, second in proximity and T4 in par-4 scoring on the PGA Tour right now.

He’ll hardly have use for his flat stick on the Connecticut track’s forgiving putting surfaces with this accurate iron play.

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Christian Crowther

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