Following last week’s PGA Championship in Tulsa, the PGA Tour moves 300 miles South across the Texas border to Fort Worth for the Charles Schwab Challenge. Texas golfers are ones to watch again in the final PGA Tour event of the year in the Lone Star state with sunny skies and hot temperatures hitting 90 Friday through Sunday.
Nearby Dallas residents and former Texas Longhorns and Masters champions Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth were the most popular players to win last week, and are again leading the way at Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Those two top 10 players in the world are joined by Plano resident Will Zalatoris, who moved up to No. 14 in the world golf rankings this week after a runner-up finish and disappointing defeat in a playoff at the PGA Championship.
Justin Thomas was the PGA Championship winner for the second time, and he’s in the field this week at No. 5 in the world. Thomas is one of six top-10 golfers joining Scheffler (1), Collin Morikawa (4), Viktor Hovland (7), Spieth (9) and Sam Burns (10).
While there are few positive signs for the prospect of legal sports betting in Texas, it’s still worth tracking the odds and players generating the most wagering interest.
The 77th edition of the tournament starting May 26 is the longest-running non-major on Tour contested on the same course.
Odds and featured groups led by Scheffler and Spieth
The odds to win the Charles Schwab Challenge can change right up to Thursday’s tee times, and then adjust following each round.
Here are the leading favorites and contenders to win the Charles Schwab Challenge, according to current odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.
- +1200: Scheffler, Thomas, Spieth
- +1800: Morikawa
- +1900: Hovland
- +2400: Zalatoris
- +2900: Max Homa, Sam Burns
- +3200: Tommy Fleetwood, Abraham Ancer, Tony Finau
- +3400: Sungjae Im
- +3600: Webb Simpson, Chris Kirk
- +4100: Daniel Berger, Talor Gooch
Defending champion Jason Kokrak has odds to win of +4800.
Jordan Spieth – the face of golf for FanDuel
Jordan Spieth is the ‘face of golf‘ for FanDuel, having signed a partnership agreement with the company last summer. Spieth is an exclusive sports betting and FanDuel daily fantasy provider, and also represents the company in delivering responsible gambling initiatives.
Spieth is also a co-favorite to win the Charles Schwab Challenge. No golfer in the field has a strong history of success at Colonial. Spieth won the tournament in 2016 and also has three runner-up finishes, including in last year’s tournament. He also has the best scoring average at Colonial since 2015 (67.5), and the best birdies or better average (4.86) in his golf stats profile.
Colonial Country Club
Nicknamed ‘Hogan’s Alley’ after five-time Colonial winner Ben Hogan, Colonial Country Club is an old-fashioned style course that requires an emphasis on tee-ball and ball-striking accuracy and strategy.
The 7,209-yard par 70 is for shot shapers and shot makers. Sharp iron play and ball striking are rewarded. Putting also becomes a more important strokes gained statistic at Colonial. Golfers with the best short games have typically done well, and the list of winners at Colonial is filled with top ball strikers.
Texas golfers in Charles Schwab Challenge
The field at Colonial is also filled with golfers that have Texas connections.
- Scottie Scheffler: Dallas, University of Texas
- Jordan Spieth: Dallas, University of Texas
- Will Zalatoris: Plano
- Abraham Ancer: San Antonio
- Harry Higgs: Dallas, SMU
- Austin Smotherman: Dallas, SMU
- Dylan Frittelli: Austin, University of Texas
- Beau Hossler: Austin, University of Texas
- Ryan Palmer: Colleyville, Texas A&M
- Sebastian Munoz: University of North Texas
- Carlos Ortiz: University of North Texas
Also, former SMU golfer Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the tournament Tuesday as he continues to recover from hand surgery.
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