The next installment of the PGA Tour is the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, and currently, on top, there is a tie in the golf betting sites with Justin Rose and Jon Rahm at +1100.
Then comes Jordan Spieth in third place at +1200, Rickie Fowler in fourth at +1400. Afterwards, you then have another tie between Xander Schauffele at +1600 and Francesco Molinari for the fifth place, then at +2500 Tony Finau and Paul Casey for the seventh place. Following up in ninth place is Bryson DeChambeau at +3000 and then ending the top 10 is Louis Oosthuizen placed over 3,000 at +3300.
Entering the field for the Charles Schwab Challenge comes a load of talent, including 16 of the top 30 from the standings of the FedExCup. Also to note, this event makes Jordan Spieth and Abraham Ancer the only two professional golfers to play in all four Texas tournaments in this year’s PGA Tour.
The top favorite, Justin Rose, will be very interesting to watch in this year’s tournament. After not being in the Charles Schwab Challenge for eight years, Rose would return last year to steamroll his way to the tournament title — he wouldn’t shoot worse than a 66 in each round. He would defeat Brooks Koepka by three shots to grab the victory for the ninth total of his career.
Colonial Country Club is 7,209 yards and it’s a par 70, and it’s known for its fairways that are tight and there are a load of doglegs. The PGA Tour has been coming to this course since 1946, which is the second longest tenure for a course to host a PGA tournament — only Augusta National is longer.
Rose may come in as the defending champion of the Charles Schwab Challenge, but I would take him for this year with caution, and that’s due to his inconsistency this season. Starting out, Rose would struggle massively, finishing with a 63rd place finish in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Pres. By Mastercard, but he would recover finishing eighth in The Players Championship. Then right back to inconsistency: He would miss the cut altogether in the Masters, but then third at Wells Fargo, then 29th in the PGA Championship. Makes no sense.
Personally, I would ride with Jon Rahm over Justin Rose in this tournament, and that’s because, and simply put: He’s had a much better 2019 campaign. Other than missing the cut for the PGA Championship, there’s nothing but solid finishes on his resume. To begin the year, he would finish 12th in The Players Championship, and afterwards, he would double his performance with a sixth-place finish in the Valspar Championship. After another top 10 finish (9th) in the Masters, he would then claim the victory at the Zurich Classic Of New Orleans.
Jordan Spieth hasn’t had the best campaign this year, but in his most recent event at the PGA Championship, he would finish with an elite third-place finish — is the tide turning for Jordan Spieth? Is he getting things together finally? Only time will tell. Starting out, he would finish 30th in the Valero Texas Open, and then he would tally 21st in the Masters Tournament. Things would be horrible at the RBC Heritage, placing below No. 50 with a 54th place showing. In the AT&T Byron Nelson, Spieth would nearly have a 30 mark on his resume with a 29th showing.
The 30-year-old has been inconsistent this year, with both solid finishes on his resume and dismal ones — though it could be worse, I’d only consider two of those results to receive the “dismal” description. In his first event at The Players Championship, he would tally a 47th place finish, and I would consider the other event to be the PGA Championship, a 36th tally for Fowler. His elite performances would come in the Wells Fargo Championship (fourth) and the Masters Tournament (ninth). He would also finish 17th in the Valero Texas Open. Weird year.
Other than missing the cut at The Players Championship and a dismal 63rd finish in the RBC Heritage, Xander Schauffele hasn’t had that bad of a season this year with a few solid placements on his resume. Most notably, he would tally an elite second place position in the Masters Tournament, falling only behind Tiger Woods for the victory. Other solid finishes would be a 14th place finish in the WGC-Mexico Championship, and he would also finish 16th in the PGA Championship. Overall, not a bad year, and that’s why he’s only 500 points behind the favorite.
Though not a thoroughbred long shot, Molinari would be a good pick to make to take the victory, and that’s solely due to his performances in two prestigious tournaments, but take it with caution, inconsistency is there. He would immediately begin the campaign with a win after taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational Pres. By Mastercard, and would have an elite fifth-place finish in the Masters Tournament. But check out these results: 48th at the PGA Championship, 56th at The Players Championship, and then he would miss the cut altogether at RBC Heritage.
And we have officially arrived to our first true long shot with Bryson DeChambeau appearing on the list, and it’s for good reason: His highest finish this season was a No. 20 tally in The Players Championship, that’s the only semi-solid performance he would have this season. After that placing would come a 29th place finish in the Masters Tournament, 46th in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Pres. By Mastercard, and he would miss the cut altogether in the RBC Heritage and PGA Championship. Needless to say, stay away from DeChambeau. Definitely.
Tony Finau would do fantastic in the Masters Tournament with an elite top 5 finish placing himself in the fifth position, but the rest of his 2019 campaign has just been absolutely horrible. Right out of the gate, he would have a 61st place tally in the Valero Texas Open, and right after the Masters, he would miss the cut altogether at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. At the Wells Fargo Championship, it would be another lousy 60th place finish, followed by another lackluster No. 64 in the PGA Championship. Needless to say, stay away from Tony Finau.
Another confusing one, Casey has been great in a couple of tournaments, but then has been on the complete opposite side in another few tournaments in the tour. To begin the 2019 campaign, Casey would miss the cut altogether in The Players Championship, and then in the very next tournament at the Valspar Championship, he would win the thing. However, in the tournament afterwards at the Masters, he would once again miss the cult, followed by another elite showing in the fourth place position at the Wells Fargo Championship — then 29th in the PGA Championship.
Louis Oosthuizen has one elite showing on his resume for the 2019 campaign, but for the rest of it, it hasn’t been something to brag about — let’s just put it that way. In The Players Championship, he would tally at No. 56 on the leaderboard, and then that’s where that elite showing would come up with a second place finish in the Valspar Championship. In the Masters Tournament, he would close out with a just okay 29th, and then following that would miss the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He would finish 60th in the PGA Championship.
35-year-old Kevin Kisner would start out the season in great fashion at the top, winning the title at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He would follow that up with an alright performance, tallying No. 21 at the Masters, but then, things got bad. At the RBC Heritage, Kisner would fall all the way back to No. 41, but he would recover with a fifth-place finish at the Zurich Classic Of New Orleans. But then things would get bad again in his most recent event at the PGA Championship when he would miss the cut. Might be worth the risk as a long shot though.
I can certainly tell you that Ian Poulter comes in as one of the most solid long shots. In five of his tournaments this season, Poulter has had solid finishes in three of them, including two in the top 10. After a dismal 64-y performance in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, he would recover well with a 12th place finish in the Masters Tournament. Afterwards at the RBC Heritage, Poulter would then tally a top 10 place finishing in 10th. He would show even more improvement in 9th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But take caution: He would miss the cut at his most recent event at the PGA Championship.
Now with Rory Sabbatini, he is the most solid long shot to come into the Charles Schwab Challenge, with solid performances in every tournament — even a 36th place finish in the Valero Texas Open wasn’t that bad, especially when you consider the other finishes in his other action. On his resume, he has two elite performances with a third-place finish in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a No. 5 tally in the AT&T Byron Nelson. Another top 10 finish would happen in the RBC Heritage, finishing 10th. Another solid finish, 18th, would take place at the Wells Fargo Championship. I would certainly put my money on Sabbatini as your long shot.
Whatever you do, stay away from Emiliano Grillo with your bets — there’s not a single solid finish on Grillo’s resume for the 2019 campaign. Starting out in The Honda Classic, he would miss the cut altogether and would haven’t the best finish at 26th (though not too bad) in The Players Championship. Afterwards in the Masters Tournament, he would have a terrible 62nd place finish, and would fail to succeed again with a 33rd place finish at RBC Heritage. At the PGA Championship, he also would fall down the numbers at No. 23. Like I said: STAY AWAY.
Jason Kokrak would start out the season on an elite note with a seventh-place finish in the Valero Texas Open, but after that, he wouldn’t do anything special. He would have a 16th place finish in the RBC Heritage following the Texas Open, and then decline would happen even more with a 22nd place finish at the Zurich Classic Of New Orleans. At the Wells Fargo Championship, things would get even worse with a 69 tally beside his name — just dismal. In the PGA Championship, he would perform better, but it would still be lackluster in 23rd place.
I would personally advise you to stay away from Billy Horschel as well, there’s no great performances whatsoever on his resume. To begin things in the Valero Texas Open, he would miss the cut altogether, and then would follow it up with a lackluster 56th place finish in the Masters Tournament. At the RBC Heritage, it would be a slight improvement, but still pretty bad at 45th. At the Zurich Classic Of New Orleans, he would do pretty good, but would still fail to crack the top 10 at 13th. Following that, it would be decline again with a 23rd place finish in the PGA Championship.
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