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Wilkerson's top tip Brandt Snedeker 16-1 Conquering the cabbage patches that were the greens at Chambers Bay last week was the key to a successful US Open and recent history suggests it will be just as important at the Travelers Championship.

While competitors will not have to cope with the same undulations and will find it easy to distinguish which patch of grass is actually the green, sharp putting has proved vital to success in the last few years at River Highlands in Connecticut.

Each of the last six winners have been in the top 12 in putting average, with last year's winner Kevin Streelman at the top of the pile.

So after three successive topten finishes, this looks a good opportunity to get with proven flatstick operator Brandt Snedeker.

The 34-year-old from Nashville looked like rewarding his each-way backers when he initiated a run of four straight birdies around the turn at Chambers Bay on Sunday.

HIs challenge eventually withered with a double bogey at the 14th, which was not helped by a putt hitting a sprinkler, but an eighth-placed finish was still more than respectable.

It was his seventh top-ten finish of the season and he should be comfortable on a course where he finished tied for 11th last year.

The fact he is ranked 125th in driving distance should not be a huge factor on a track which is the second shortest on the PGA Tour, because it is in and around the greens where the man from Tennessee comes into his own.

He is ranked fourth in scrambling and sixth in strokes gained putting and is more than capable of grinding his way to success.

He has already won on the year's shortest course, claiming the AT&T at Pebble Beach in February, and this test should suit his game and get him into the winner's enclosure for the second time in 2015.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2015
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