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The PGA Tour season's third major is in the books, and the stretch run is right over the horizon as many of the tour's top golfers get set to play in the 2022 Travelers Championship. The short trip over to TPC River Highlands near Hartford, Conn., brought many players from the U.S. Open, played last week in Brookline, Mass. Five of the top 11 golfers in the world, including top-ranked Scottie Scheffler, are in the 2022 Travelers field to prepare for the British Open at St. Andrews (July 14-17). All five players – Scheffler, No. 2 Rory McIlroy, No. 6 Patrick Cantlay, No. 9 Sam Burns and 11th-ranked Jordan Spieth – also are scheduled to play in the Scottish Open from July 6-10. This week, they will take on a short Pete Dye layout that has yielded a ton of low scores, including Jim Furyk's PGA Tour-record 58 in the final round of the 2016 Travelers. Harris English beat Kramer Hickok on the eighth playoff hole last year after both finished at 13 under par.

McIlroy, who followed his Canadian Open win two weeks ago with a T-5 at the U.S. Open, is the 10-1 favorite in the latest 2022 Travelers Championship golf odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Scheffler (11-1), Cantlay (16-1), Burns (18-1), Xander Schauffele (20-1) and Spieth (25-1) are also among the favorites in the Travelers Championship 2022 field. Before you lock in 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 (see tickets at StubHub) picks. The picks from the founder of GOLFstats.com, the world's top golf statistics database, will definitely surprise you. You can only see them at SportsLine.

Top 2022 Travelers Championship expert picks

Simply put, the golf stats expert knows the numbers point to success for McIlroy. The Northern Irishman has been hitting it as well as anyone the past few years and is starting to see results. He has two victories this season and has finished in the top 10 in all three majors. He has seven top-10's in 11 tour events overall and comes in with a lot of momentum. The 33-year-old is still crushing the ball, ranking third in driving distance (319.1 yards), and hitting it straight enough (110th in accuracy, 10th in total driving) to contend this weekend in Hartford. 

The expert also knows Burns has a reputation for wayward drives, but it shouldn't derail him this week. The course is forgiving, and the 25-year-old is 115th in accuracy off the tee but is 30th in total driving, so he also hits it straight enough. He hits lasers to the greens (fifth in regulation) and breaks par as often as anyone (fifth in par breakers), so he can succeed at River Highlands. He has three wins and runner-up this season, and he has improved each time out at the Travelers. He was 43rd in 2019, finished 24th the following year and was 13th in 2021.

How to make 2022 Travelers Championship golf picks

For this week at TPC River Highlands, Johnson is backing a massive long shot who comes in at around 50-1. Johnson knows this golfer is having his worst season in the past several years, but he always seems to find his form when he gets to TPC River Highlands. He could pull off a stunning result, and you can cash in huge if he does. You can only find out who it is, and get the rest of Johnson's Travelers picks, at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands this week? Where do Rory McIlroy and Sam Burns finish? And which massive long shot is a must-back? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard, picks 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, and find out.

2022 Travelers Championship odds, field, top contenders

Rory McIlroy +1000
Scottie Scheffler +1100
Patrick Cantlay +1600
Sam Burns +1800
Xander Schauffele +2000
Jordan Spieth +2500
Tony Finau +2800
Joaquin Niemann +3000
Davis Riley +3500
Sungjae Im +3500
Keegan Bradley +3500
Tommy Fleetwood +4000
Seamus Power +4000
Brooks Koepka +4000
Aaron Wise +4000
Brian Harman +4500
Mito Pereira +5000
Marc Leishman +5000
Harold Varner +5000
Webb Simpson +5500
Denny McCarthy +5500
Russell Henley +6000
Jason Day +6000
Keith Mitchell +6500
Brendan Steele +6500
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +6500
Jason Kokrak +6500
Maverick McNealy +7000
Aaron Rai +8000
Si-Woo Kim +8000
Kevin Kisner +8000
Brendon Todd +8000
Cameron Tringale +8000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +9000
Joel Dahmen +9000
Mackenzie Hughes +9000
C.T. Pan +9000
Harris English +10000
Adam Long +10000
Sahith Theegala +10000
Wyndham Clark +10000
Nick Hardy +10000
Erik Van Rooyen +10000
Rickie Fowler +10000
Scott Stallings +10000
Kevin Streelman +10000
Matthew NeSmith +10000
Cameron Champ +12500
Lanto Griffin +12500
Charles Howell +12500
Jhonattan Vegas +12500
Patrick Rodgers +12500
Luke List +12500
Cam Davis +12500
Doug Ghim +12500
Emiliano Grillo +12500
David Lipsky +15000
Anirban Lahiri +15000 
Stephan Jaeger +15000
Chez Reavie +15000
Stewart Cink +15000
Matt Wallace +15000
Troy Merritt +15000
Alex Smalley +15000
J.J. Spaun +15000
Sepp Straka +15000
Ryan Palmer +15000
Russell Knox +15000
Lucas Glover +15000
Tom Hoge +15000
Kramer Hickok +17500
Dylan Frittelli +17500
Andrew Putnam +20000
Patton Kizzire +20000
Callum Tarren +20000
James Hahn +20000
Matthew Wolff +20000
Austin Smotherman +20000
Matthias Schwab +20000
Chad Ramey +20000
Scott Piercy +20000
John Huh +20000
Martin Laird +20000
Adam Svensson +20000
Hank Lebioda +20000
Danny Lee +20000
Tyler Duncan +25000
Peter Malnati +25000
Brice Garnett +25000
Vince Whaley +25000
Charley Hoffman +25000
Brandon Wu +25000
Nate Lashley +25000
Rory Sabbatini +25000
Garrick Higgo +25000
Zach Johnson +25000
Joseph Bramlett +25000
Danny Willett +25000
Adam Schenk +25000
Doc Redman +25000
J.T. Poston +25000