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2022 Travelers Championship field, odds, picks: Best bets and predictions for this week's PGA Tour event from esteemed golf insider

Golf stats expert Sal Johnson offers his best bets and top picks for the 2022 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands outside Hartford, Conn.
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Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy lead a loaded PGA Tour field set to take on TPC River Highlands at this week's 2022 Travelers Championship. The course outside Hartford, Conn. is one of the shortest on the PGA Tour and yields low scores, which will be a welcome relief after last week's U.S. Open at Brookline. Justin Thomas will be out of action after withdrawing to treat a lingering back injury.

Caesars Sportsbook lists McIlroy as the 10-1 favorite in its latest 2022 Travelers Championship golf odds. Scheffler (11-1) and Patrick Cantlay (16-1) also are top contenders, followed by Sam Burns (18-1) and Xander Schauffele (20-1). 

Before you consider your 2022 Travelers Championship picks or make any PGA Tour predictions, you NEED to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say. The esteemed golf insider has been around the game for many years and knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour.

And in last week's picks for the 2022 U.S. Open, he NAILED Matt Fitzpatrick winning at Brookline! "He is very close to putting it all together and winning for the first time on the PGA Tour," Johnson said. "What better place to do it than on the course where he won the 2013 Amateur?"

Fitzpatrick relied on his course knowledge and unflappable nature to post a final-round 68 to hold off Masters champion Scheffler and many of the tour's top players. It was the Englishman's first PGA Tour title, and Johnson saw it coming.

The expert also knows what is required to win at TPC River Highlands. Before last year's Travelers, he pegged Harris English as one of his top contenders! "The course is good for his game," Johnson said, noting that he was coming in off a third-place finish in the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. 

Before the PGA Championship, Johnson predicted that if Thomas made his putts, he could definitely win. Thomas had his best week of the season on the greens, gaining more than 1.5 strokes putting to rank second in the field. The result? He beat Will Zalatoris in a playoff to win his second Wanamaker Trophy.    

In his previous set of predictions for SportsLine, Johnson was all over Scheffler and NAILED the Masters winner for the third time in four years! Anyone who has followed Johnson's picks his way up.

Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour" and longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, has released his highly confident 2022 Travelers Championship picks.

Shockingly, Johnson is backing McIlroy, who has been arguably the best, most consistent golfer in the world this year. The four-time major champion is having a great year, and Johnson expects that to continue this week at TPC River Highlands.

Instead, Johnson is high on a MAJOR long shot who comes in at around 50-1! This player is having an off year, but that could change when he get to this course. He has an excellent history in Hartford, and if he pulls off the surprise victory, you could cash in HUGE! You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is before entering any Travelers Championship 2022 picks!

Who wins the 2022 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands? Where do Rory McIlroy and Sam Burns finish? And which MASSIVE long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's top predictions and analysis for the 2022 Travelers Championship, all from the insider who is tuned in to what it takes to win on the PGA Tour!

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