With the PA Championship just finished and the US Open barely three weeks away there is no rest for the PGA Tour’s top players as they head to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge. FansBet golf expert David Kristiansen returns with his betting preview and tips for the event and if you are after some value then head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our enhanced odds available.
What Happened At The PGA Championship
Dominant! That one word is all you need to describe not only this tournament but the major performances from Brooks Koepka the last two years. He has now won 4 of his last 8 major starts joining only Hogan, Nicklaus and Woods in doing that.
He is the first golfer in history to win his first 4 majors in the span of two years or less. He now has back to back wins in both the U.S Open and the PGA championship and with the way he seemed to really start figuring Augusta out earlier this year it’s not ridiculous at all that people are starting to wonder if he can reach double digit major triumphs in his career.
With that said entertainment wise bar an hour on Sunday when Brooks got on the bogey train on the back nine and DJ played some stunning golf in extremely hard conditions the tournament seemed over already after Thursdays first round.
When it comes to our bets the less said the better. Both Garcia and Rahm missed the cut and Finau didn’t end the week on a high note shooting a 9 over 79.
2019 Final Round Highlights from PGA Championship
About Colonial Country Club
Course: Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas
Length: 7,204 yards (Par 70)
Architect: John Bredemus and Perry Maxwell
The tour heads back to Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab challenge. The Texas course is a classical treelined Par 70 which requires accuracy both off the tee and approaching some of the smallest greens on tour. When we look at some of the former winners a pattern of what type of golfers does well here begin to emerge; Zach Johnson (2010 & 2012), David Toms (2011), Jordan Spieth (2016) and Kevin Kisner (2017). All of these are shorter hitters known for their ball striking. It’s also the first course with bentgrass greens for a couple of months. The rough are usually not very deep, but players note that its still quite tricky to judge distances when you miss the fairway. Here are some of the things I will be looking at/for:
- Strokes gained approach
- Driving accuracy
- Par 3 scoring on 175-200 yards
- Bentgrass putting
- Par 4 scoring on 400-450 yards
- Proximity 150-175 yards
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Charles Schwab Challenge Betting Tips
The reigning Open champion is made for this course, where he doesn’t get punished (unlike last week) for not being amongst the longest on tour. He ranks in the top 10 in strokes gained approach (5th), ball striking (8th), proximity 150-175 yards (3rd) and par 4 scoring 400-450 yards (5th). And even though he didn’t impress last week he does have three top 5s in his last six starts including a win. Its his first start at this event.
The Englishman is coming off a respectable T29 at the PGA Championship where once again his putter held him back from cracking the top 10. Bentgrass has historically been his preferred putting surface and I see many similarities with Valspar where he has won the last two years. Both being less than driver courses with smaller greens that often plays pretty tough. He ranks 7th in strokes gained approach, 2nd in ball striking, 6th in par 4 scoring 400-450 yards and 2nd in good drives. In his 5 starts at this tournament he has 2 top 10s, with a T10 the last time he played here two years ago.
Si Woo Kim
As always with the South Korean it’s a chance of him finishing dead last, but at a course that should suit his immaculate iron play when his game is clicking and in a medium strength field the week after a major where he missed the cut and a lot of the other top players battled it out in tough conditions the former Players champion really peaks my interest. Bentgrass is his preferred putting surface and he has gained strokes on approach in 6 of his last 8 starts. He already has 2 top 5s this season and I can definitely see the 3rd coming this week.
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