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A Perfect Opportunity – The Travelers Championship

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In the throes of a U.S. Open hangover the Travelers Championship sets out to make its mark this week on the PGA Tour schedule.  A chartered 737 from California for the players has helped to enhance the field this week and it should show in how the drama plays out over four rounds.

In the absence of the games very elite the TPC River Highlands still has a fighting chance to be a compelling stage as the players fight for their share of $6 million.

A lot of the talk in 2010 has surrounded the youth movement on tour and you can expect that to continue in Connecticut.  In fact, this week could be the perfect opportunity for one of those young, aggressive talents to emerge with a PGA Title, quite possibly for the very first time.

Among that youthful cadre you can include Bill Haas, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Graham DeLaet, Adam Scott, Ricky Barnes, and Ryan Moore.

Mahan may have the lead in the group, having won here in 2007, but Haas, Rose, and Scott have already had time at the top of the PGA Tour podium this year during their respective victories.

Fowler will be a huge focus.  With five top-tens and two second-place finishes in 2010 he is absolutely ripe for a win.  Fowler did miss the cut at the Travelers Championship in 2009 but he says he learned a lot that week that will be extra ammunition for him this time around.  Those lessons have shaped the strategy he will employ this week to tackle the tricky TPC course. “It’s a pretty fun course. It’s not very long. You need to definitely hit the fairways and the greens. If you’re not on the fairway, it’s going to be tough to hit a lot of the greens and have a good look at birdie. I’m not going to be trying to bomb it anywhere, just keep it in short grass and hopefully give ourselves some good looks at birdies.”

He’ll need them.  With a par 70 golf course that plays to barely 6800 yards players generally take it deep at the Travelers.  The course record of 61 is held by a gaggle of players and last year Kenny Perry posted that number in the first round on his way to a 258 total, 22-under par.  Perry, in a slimmer form after having lost some 30 pounds, is back this week to defend the 49 year-old hopes to give the kids a run for their money.

More than likely though, with so much young talent in the field, you just might see another 20 something this week on tour.

Personally the TPC River Highlands does not always strike me as memorable but I will be certain to keep an eye on the television when the pros hit the 15th hole.  The par 4, playing to 296 yards, is the Kodak Challenge Hole this week and for good reason.

In 2009 the 15th played to a stroke average of 3.664, with players posting 4 eagles, 201 birdies, 196 pars, 45 bogeys, 6 double bogeys and 0 others.  If the wind is down expect them to give it a whirl and try to drive the green.

Unlike last week at the U.S. Open, when par was at a premium, expect every player to have their guns a-blazing this week.  Conservative play will not be welcome or rewarded.

Which sounds like a lot of fun for both players and spectators alike.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Fort Worth Invitational

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Absolutely savage new putter cover for Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm. Just killer.

Prettier than a new penny.

Spotted: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Everything here is excellent. Just excellent.

More like Garsen Murray. Am I right?

If you were Aaron Wise standing over the winning putt at last week’s Byron Nelson, this is what it’d have looked like (of course, you’d have had a ball and the putter would be soled on the green, but you get the point…)

Abraham Ancer’s new Artisan wedges are simply incredible… All of this: Artisan star stellar stuff.

Rickie Fowler has gone grape.

You can’t fool me. You’re not Adam Hadwin, you’re a golf bag.

Is Patrick Cantlay considering a switch to a Cameron Napa?

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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Aaron Wise’s Winning Outfit: 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational

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The 21-year-old Aaron Wise pulled off a three-shot victory at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational — his first win on Tour. If you want to see the clubs he used, click here.

In addition to our Winning WITB series, where we show the clubs, shafts and specs from the winning player every week, we will also highlight the apparel they wore in our all-new Winning Outfit series. This is the first edition, and we hope you enjoy!

GolfWRX’s Resident Fashion Expert Jordan Madley says:

“First off congrats to Aaron Wise on his first win on Tour, but even more on his outfit choice for the final round. From a lady’s perspective, if you train hard, show off the hard work! Aaron, a Nike athlete neck to toe, showed off his lean physique in a Nike Zonal Cool polo, their slim-fitting flex pant, a stretch woven belt and finished it off with Lunar Command 2 kicks. The dark tones meant he was ready for war on Sunday and it worked!”

GolfWRX’s non-fashion-expert (but occasional fashion designer) Editor Andrew Tursky says:

“Wise went pretty conservative for his Sunday outfit. He was probably a little nervous trying to get his first victory and didn’t want to be too loud. Don’t get too fancy when it’s winning time; a good lesson for the folks at home. That’s not to say this outfit wasn’t sharp, though. White hat and white shoes is a great look, especially paired with the grey shirt and black pants/belt. Hits of white on the shirt with the Nike Swooshes bring it all together. Solid look here.”

Aaron’s Winning Outfit

Hat: Callaway Tour Authentic

Polo:  Nike Zonal Cooling Polo Framing (unreleased)

Belt: Nike Stretch Woven

Pants: Nike Flex Pant Slim

Shoes: Nike Lunar Command 2 Boa

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