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Charles Schwab Challenge 2022

Course & Location:

Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX

Dates:

26 - 29 May 2022

Purse:

$8.4 Million

Par:

70 / Yardage 7,209

Fairways:

Bermudagrass

Greens:

Bentgrass

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Charles Schwab Challenge 2022 Picks

Best Outsider Pick

Patrick Reed
  • Best placed 7th here.
  • Short game is in a great place as ever ranking 5th SG scrambling last week. Short game will be important this week.
  • Patrick Ranked in the top 20% for fairways gained last week, if he can drive it well this week it will free up his game considerably.
  • Comfortable moving the ball bother ways with the irons and of the tee which is important here at Colonial.
Odds 80/1 +8000
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Best Outright Pick

Abraham Ancer
  • 2 Top 20 finishes in his last 2 visits
  • Top 10 for fairways found and good drives gained over the past 24 rounds on tour.
  • Ranks 4th in Bogey avoidance on tough tracks likes he faces this week.
  • A natural draw of the tee and with iron in hand should be beneficial.
  • Comfortable moving the ball both ways with his irons and real shotmaker.
  • A course that should suit I expect Ancer to be in contention come Sunday evening.
Odds 33/1 +3300
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Top 20 Picks

Brian Harman
    • 3 top 10 from 9 visits with only one missed cut.
    • A solid driver who is super accurate, ranked 3rd for fairways gained over the last 24 rounds.
    • Ranked 2nd in Par 4 scoring & 3rd on Par 4’s from 400-450 yards of which there are 7 each day.
    • Ranked 12th SG T2G over the past 24 rounds.
    • A perfect course fit for Harman. I expect a solid showing this week
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First Round Leader Picks

Player

Talor Gooch

Odds 45/1 +4500
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Player

Stuart Cink

Odds 80/1 +8000
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Charles Schwab Challenge 2022 Betting Strategies & Previews

Patrick Reed Betting Tips & Odds to Win The 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge – May 26-29
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Brian Harman Betting Tips & Odds to Win The 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge – May 26-29
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Abraham Ancer Betting Tips & Odds to Win The 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge – May 26-29
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Charles Schwab Challenge 2022 Overview

 

Colonial CC is in the same category as Torrey Pines, Riviera Country Club, Augusta National, and Muirfield Village, but it’s a much tighter affair from tee to green.

 

At 7,209 yards, this Par 70 designed by Bredemus and Maxwell cannot be underestimated. The tree-lined parkland course features pure Bentgrass greens with average sizes of only 5,000 square feet. Birdies are difficult to come by at Colonial, and the two par-5s are among the most difficult on Tour to birdie or better.

 

Colonial is short by today’s standards, however it has very narrow fairways some of the narrowest on tour, tee shot target areas are extremely small putting a real premium on driving accuracy and strokes gained off the tee. Errant drives are caught by tough Bermudagrass rough, and the majority of the fairways on the property are tree-lined, ensuring plenty of blocked approach shots for those who deviate off the tee box.

 

As with most classical courses, there is no single right or wrong game shape that dominates the list of champions. On this Texan classic Colonial layout, both short game specialists Na, Kisner, Spieth, and ball-strikers  Berger, Rose, Adam Scott have all succeeded. All game types have an equal chance of winning here on this beautiful track. I’m personally favour finesse over power this week.

 

There are several tree-lined holes and doglegs, starting with the ‘Horrible Horseshoe’ at holes 3, 4 and 5. Driving distance is mostly irrelevant at Colonial, not often we say that on the PGA Tour. As the driver is neutralized which I have highlighted in the Skill Set Required section below. The ability to shape shots and manage your golf game with solid ball striking sets you up for success. Strength around the green is a big plus we will touch on more later. Despite following a Major the field for this week is world class with Speith, Hovland, Scottie, Morikawa all teeing it up. We are in for a magnificent week.

 

 

Key Skills Set Required

    1. SG T2G – Very much like week this test will put huge emphasis on the players T2G game. This course requires players to shape the ball off the tee both ways to hold this doglegged fairways. Then on approach the greens are tiny to aim at, and require precision and shot shaping both ways. The world best ball strikers  should rise to the top of this leaderboard come Sunday.
    2. Driving Accuracy– Very seldom do we putt up driving accuracy as a key skill set, however, Colonial is one of those traditional classical tracks that does bring this stat into play. Some of the hardest fairways to hit on the whole of the PGA Tour tell the story.
    3. GIR gained – All the data points to the importance of hitting GIR, approach play will be key this week. The players who hit the centre of the green consistently and give themselves putt’s out towards the green edges on these tight and tucked pins will hold the edge.
    4. SG Around the green – We can see from the data short game expertise is a must here at Colonial. Small green to aim at on what is already a tough driving test means you can guarantee plenty of missed greens. The players who scramble best and protect their scorecard are at a distinct advantage. Looks for player with proven short game expertise over the last 36/50 rounds not just over the past few weeks.
    5. Par 4 Scoring 400-450 yards – 7 Holes fall over this distance each day. Players who excel on medium to short par 4’s should be considered. Lots of wedges in hand for players this week on the classical layout and therefore I want players onside who  are dominating this stat area.
    6. Bogey Avoidance – We can see from this winning scores previous that Colonial is no push over despite its lack of length. Players must avoided mistakes and paying attention to those who make very few mistakes could prove fruitful.

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