PGA Charles Schwab Challenge Handicapping Preview and Betting Tips
Event at a Glance
Golf Course: Colonial Country Club
Where: Fort Worth, TX
Date: Thursday May 23 – 26, 2019
This week, we are handicapping the Charles Schwab Challenge in the PGA from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Many of you may be scratching your head as you may not have heard of this tournament. Well, that is true.
It is not a new addition to the PGA Tour, just running under its third name in three years. This tournament has been around since 1946, for 73 years and has been called many various different names, most recently being played as the Fort Worth Invitational in 2018 and the Dean & Deluca Invitational in 2016 and 2017.
There will be 122 golfers competing in this tournament, which is lower than the normal 156 golfers that we normally see each week on the PGA Tour.
Colonial Country Club Details
The Charles Schwab Challenge is played at Colonial Country Club. This is one of the tournaments that has only been played at one location, with the Masters which is played at Augusta National being the only other tournament that has been played longer at one location.
This course is a Par 70 and plays at around 7,209 yards. There are four Par 3’s, twelve Par 4’s and only 2 Par 5’s at Colonial Country Club. The course is pretty much lined with trees and has obstacles that will make the golfers think about their approach shots. The greens at Colonial Country Club can be tricky. They are bentgrass and are fast!
There is some water to worry about at Colonial Country Club but only on 6 holes. The fairways at Colonial are some of the hardest to hit and by far some of the most difficult that the pro’s of the PGA will see in 2019.
Charles Schwab Challenge System Attributes
This course is pretty much a straight course, for the most part, and will really benefit accurate golfers. Justin Rose won here in 2018, Kevin Kisner in 2017 and Jordan Spieth in 2016, all 3 of which are known for their accuracy off the tee.
The second thing to look for at Colonial Country Club is putting. You will need golfers with strong putting to compete in this tournament. The greens here are fast and can be tricky because they are cut short!
We will be playing the following attributes for the Charles Schwab Challenge:
- Driving Accuracy
- Strokes Gained: Putting
- Greens in Regulation
- Strokes Gained: Off The Tee
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Sand Save %
Charles Schwab Challenge Golfers
Jordan Spieth +1400 at MyBookie for 2 ½ Units
Jordan Spieth has always played really well here in Fort Worth, Texas. That might have a bit to do with playing in his home state but even more so, I really like the way Jordan has been playing most recently. He finished 3rd last week at the PGA Championship and has now improved his finishes in each of his last 3 tournaments. Jordan sets up really strong to have a great week and will be my top play for the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Paul Casey +2500 at MyBookie for 1 ½ Units
Paul Casey checks all the boxes for us here this week. He is 12th on tour in Strokes Gained: Off The Tee, 13th on tour in Driving Accuracy, 23rd on tour in Strokes Gained: Approach and 25th on tour in Greens in Reg. He finished in 29th place at the PGA Championship and the week before, he finished in 4th place at the Wells Fargo Championship. I look for a big week from Casey and a potential win at value odds.
Emiliano Grillo +5750 at Bookmaker for 1 Unit
Grillo is my gut feeling play of the week and his numbers back it up. He has played here in each of the last 3 years and has improved with each year. In 2016, he finished in 55th place. In 2017, he finished in 24th place. Last year, he moved up to the 3rd place. Another improvement should get him in the winner's circle and at tremendous odds.