Charles Schwab Challenge Preview and Betting Predictions

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:49 AM UTC

Tuesday, May. 21, 2019 8:49 AM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Charles Schwab Challenge for

<div><p>&lt;iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</p><h2><strong>Charles Schwab Challenge </strong></h2><p><strong>May 23<sup>rd</sup> - 26<sup>th</sup><br />Colonial Country Club<br />Fort Worth, Texas<br />Par 70, 7209 yards</strong></p><p>Formerly known as the Fort Worth Invitational the Charles Schwab Challenge was founded seventy-three years ago in 1946. The winner receives a Scottish Tartan Plaid jacket and their name engraved on the Wall of Champions on the first tee. Nine-time major champion Ben Hogan was a Fort Worth resident who is unofficially associated with the event and a statue near the clubhouse commemorates this. The field is limited to one hundred and twenty players and Ben Hogan was himself a five-time champion.</p><p>The Colonial Country Club is located on the south bank of the Trinity River with tree lined fairways that force players to shape their tee shots. A fiddly test of the player’s accuracy rather than length, it suits solid tee to green professionals. There has always been a strong correlation in results and player types with The Heritage Classic at Harbour Town over many year's which this year was won a by C.T.Pan.</p><h2><strong>Contenders</strong></h2><p>England’s Justin Rose is defending champion winning at his first attempt in eighteen years. Yet to find his best form in the current season his trademark consistency means he will be “Knocking at the door” soon.</p><p>World Matchplay champion Kevin Kisner was the 2017 winner and also has plenty of Heritage Classic form. It looks like he is going to be a major champion soon and a premier competitor here for years to come.</p><p>Native Texan Jordan Speith loves the event with a victory in 2016 sandwiched between second placed finishes. The last event in Texas the Byron Nelson Classic there were signs the three time major champion may be close to getting out a slump in form. He backed up that performance up last week by with 3<sup>rd</sup> at the PGA Championship and he looks ready to be in contention to win.</p><p>Accurate tee to green players thrive year in year out and Zach Johnson fits the mould perfectly. Twice a winner and multiple top 5 finishes illustrate the liking that the former Open and Masters champion has for Fort Worth Country Club. Last week at the PGA Championship he threatened the higher reaches of the leaderboard during round two and looks a solid each way bet this week.</p><p>Jim Furyk has all the attributes required here and we know he has been in good form when landing Top American at the Players Championship for readers at 90/1. Jason Dufner has three top 6 finishes in the last seven years and the fourth-place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship indicated this former major champion is ready to win again soon.</p><p>Last year I backed Kevin Tway when he finished 5<sup>th</sup> at 150/1 (151.00) after an 18<sup>th</sup> the previous season. A winner on the PGA Tour at the Safeway Open earlier in season parlayed with his liking for the venue gives us a sporting each way punt.</p><p>We have several overseas players with good records at Fort Worth, starting with Corey Conners already a winner this year in Texas and eighth on debut last year. An impressive ball striker the Canadian professional looks set for a bright future in the game after Monday qualifying for the Valero Texas Open that he went on to win. New Zealander Danny Lee has shown a real liking for the Fort Worth Golf Course in recent years and after a cracking week last at the PGA Championship he is high on my list of potential winners. Another overseas player Argentina's Emillliano Grillo put in a much-improved display at last week’s PGA Championship and has a previous liking for the Colonial Country Club.</p><p>A previous winner the veteran Rory Sabbatini has been in consistent form all season and we can expect another solid showing this week with perhaps a top twenty finish.</p><p>Consistent seasoned American professionals to look out for on the place markets are Pat Perez, Ryan Palmer, Kevin Na and Brian Harman.</p><p>Kevin Na has a remarkable record in the First Round Leader market winning it three times and placed once. We also know he has been in solid form this season and warrants an each-way bet in that market.</p><p>Boo Weekley twice a winner at the Heritage and once here throws up that undoubted correlation that many of the names mentioned prove. Boo Weekley is playing off a limited PGA Tour starts this season and has been competing rather impressively considering. Until the last couple of holes he populated the higher reaches of the Heritage leaderboard and deserves consideration at large prices.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Jordan Speith – each way @ 14/1 (15.00) Boylesports</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Zach Johnson - each way @ 66/1 (67.00) Boylesports </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Kevin Tway – each way @ 100/1 (101.00) Ladbrokes</strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Kevin Na – First Round Leader – each way @ 60/1 (61.00) Boylesports</strong></em></a><a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong> </strong></em></a></p></div>
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