With the buzz of the season’s second major behind them, PGA Tour members return to action in a more subdued environment this week at the invitation-only Charles Schwab Challenge, taking place at the famed Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Even with the absence of major winners Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka, the field is strong and presents a number of quality matchups. Defending champion Justin Rose is at the top of the odds board at BookMaker.eu and is featured in a number of head-to-head battles. The odds for those and others are listed below.
Charles Schwab Challenge Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Kevin Na -145 vs. Ryan Palmer +125
Abraham Ancer -115 vs. Si Woo Kim -105
Zach Johnson -130 vs. Joel Dahmen +110
Paul Casey -140 vs. Louis Oosthuizen +120
Byeong Hun An -130 vs. Kiradech Aphibarnrat +110
Matthew Fitzpatrick -115 vs. Scott Piercy -105
Louis Oosthuizen +115 vs. Tony Finau -135
Jordan Spieth +105 vs. Francesco Molinari -125
Jon Rahm -115 vs. Rickie Fowler -105
Justin Rose -115 vs. Jon Rahm -105
Sungjae Im -115 vs. Daniel Berger -105
Matt Jones -125 vs. Jimmy Walker +105
Rory Sabbatini +115 vs. Emiliano Grillo -135
Justin Rose -125 vs. Rickie Fowler +105
Brandt Snedeker -115 vs. Billy Horschel -105
Paul Casey -135 vs. Tony Finau +115
Bryson DeChambeau -150 vs. Kevin Kisner +130
C.T. Pan -135 vs. Kevin Tway +115
Charley Hoffman +105 vs. Russell Knox -125
Jhonattan Vegas +115 vs. Jim Furyk -135
Jordan Spieth +105 vs. Xander Schauffele -125
Xander Schauffele -120 vs. Francesco Molinari +100
Tyrrell Hatton +120 vs. Chez Reavie -140
Graeme McDowell -110 vs. Pat Perez -110
Branden Grace -110 vs. Bud Cauley -120
Corey Conners -125 vs. Danny Lee -105
Jason Dufner +125 vs. Kevin Streelman -155
J.T. Poston -135 vs. Kyoung-Hoon Lee +105
Aaron Baddeley -150 vs. Bill Haas +120
Brian Harman +120 vs. Brian Stuard -150
Cameron Champ +105 vs. Joaquin Niemann -135
Kramer Hickok -110 vs. Martin Kaymer -120
Matt Every +105 vs. Max Homa -135
Ollie Schniederjans -105 vs. Peter Uihlein -125
Scott Stallings -170 vs. Seamus Power +140
Shawn Stefani -120 vs. Talor Gooch -110
Adam Schenk -135 vs. Andrew Landry +105
Andrew Putnam -135 vs. Austin Cook +105
Beau Hossler +120 vs. Denny McCarthy -150
Doug Ghim -110 vs. Jonas Blixt -120
Martin Laird -120 vs. Michael Thompson -110
Nate Lashley +105 vs. Nick Taylor -135
Nick Watney -110 vs. Patton Kizzire -120
Anirban Lahiri -110 vs. Chris Stroud -120
Need to Know
Colonial Country Club has hosted this event since 1946, so there aren’t going to be many surprises for the field of 122 golfers. The course plays at 7,209 yards and has always been a par-70, making it average in terms of length when compared to other layouts on the PGA Tour. The Charles Schwab Challenge has gone the longest of any tournament with a cut to not have a first-time winner. That doesn’t bode well for notables Cameron Champ, Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari, who are all making their debuts at Colonial. The par-4 fifth has been the most difficult hole in every playing since 2005 and is part of what’s called the “Horrible Horseshoe.” Scoring has cooperated over the years with the field averaging 69.83 last year.
Charles Schwab Challenge Matchup Picks
Jordan Spieth +105 vs. Xander Schauffele
After carding three sub-70 rounds and going 11-under at the Byron Nelson, Spieth said he “was” in a slump. He took those good feelings to Bethpage last week, wielded the putter, and grabbed a T3 for his first top-10 of the season. In fact, it was the first time he placed among the top-20 in his 13 starts. And now he returns to a layout that’s been good to him with a win and two runner-up showings in six starts. This isn’t a knock on the X-man, rather a play on a golfer who is peaking after a lengthy slump.
Justin Rose -125 vs. Rickie Fowler
Things could be different this time around for Rose being the defending champion and all. There is that hanging over his head. He played here last year to meet PGA Tournament requirements and all he did was beat Brooks Koepka and the field by three-swings with four rounds of 66 or lower. His ball-striking was outrageous last year and he needs to overcome a recent bout of inconsistency, but his stats align with how to beat the course, and he tamed it in fine style last year.
Joel Dahmen +110 vs. Zach Johnson
It’s probably not a good idea to go against 12-time Tour winner and two-time champion of this event Johnson, but Dahmen is seemingly in his element and should provide a challenge. His accuracy off the tee didn’t help at Bethpage and neither did a final round 79. But Dahmen did nab a runner-up at the WFC two starts ago. This layout is shorter and the accuracy will certainly come into play like it did last year with four sub-70 rounds and a T20.
Abraham Ancer -115 vs. Si Woo Kim
I have a strong feeling that this is going to be a good week for Ancer. He is one of the most consistent players off the tee and will gain strokes on the field, since that’s what he’s been doing all year. He’s also a Texan, which should help with his track familiarity. Ancer is also coming off a good week at the PGA Championship where he grabbed a top-20. Similar to Dahmen, Ancer isn’t long off the tee, but that’s not a requirement at Colonial.
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