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Colonial Country Club

The Charles Schwab Challenge (formerly known as the Fort Worth Invitational, Dean & Deluca Invitational and Crowne Plaza Invitational) is played annually in Fort Worth, Texas at Colonial Country Club.

The tournament was founded in 1946 as the Colonial National Invitation and honours the history of golf by using an official Scottish tartan jacket for its champions. Colonial has a Wall of Champions on the first tee engraved with the name and score of each champion.

The tournament is unofficially associated with Ben Hogan and is commonly referred to as Hogan’s Alley. The long-time Fort Worth resident won the tournament five times.

The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial has “invitational” status given by the PGA Tour and consequently has a reduced field of approximately 120 players.

Colonial has a unique PGA Tour tradition known as the Champion’s Choice invitation. Each year, former champions select two deserving young players, who otherwise would be ineligible, to compete in the tournament.

Pros who made their first appearance at the Charles Schwab Challenge as a Champion’s Choice include Al Geiberger, Tom Weiskopf, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Mark O’Meara, Paul Azinger and Davis Love III. In 2003 Annika Sörenstam played in the tournament missing the cut after rounds of 71 and 74.

Course Overview

The course at Colonial Country Club was designed by John Bredemus and Perry Maxwell. It is a standard Par 70 (35-35) measuring 7,200+ yards. The three hole stretch 3-5 is known as the “Horrible Horseshoe“. ‘Horseshoe’ because the three holes swing around in a ‘U’ shape and ‘Horrible’ because they are not easy.

Colonial is all about accuracy, both off the tee and from the fairway. It is a tight tree-lined layout with lots of dog-legs and water is in play on six holes. Players need to avoid the fairway bunkers and find the right portion of the fairways to attack the small greens.

PGA Professional tips on playing No.18 at Colonial Country Club

2020 Charles Schwab Challenge | Daniel Berger

Last year, Daniel Berger prevailed in a playoff to win the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge for his third PGA Tour victory. He closed with a final round -4 (66), which included a birdie on the final hole, to force a playoff with Collin Morikawa.

Both players finished the tournament on a score of -15 (265) one shot clear of a group of four players of Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Kokrak and Xander Schauffele. Berger got up-and-down for par on the first playoff hole while Morikawa missed his par attempt from two feet.

“There was so many times today where I could have given it up or let the pressure get to me, but I hung in there and I played practically some of the best golf I’ve played the last six years.”

Daniel Berger
Daniel Berger
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)

Berger’s iron-play on approach and putting were key to the victory. He finished T11 in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green and 12th in Strokes Gained Putting, both combining for over 80% of his overall strokes gained for the week. Other stats include T33 for Driving Accuracy, 44th for Driving Distance, T5 for GIR and 10th for Putts per GIR.

2019 Charles Schwab Challenge | Kevin Na

In 2019, Kevin Na captured the Charles Schwab Challenge on a final score -13 (267) for his third victory on Tour. The South Korean-born American closed with -4 (66) for a four shot victory over Tony Finau.

A bogey free second round 62 laid the foundation for his victory. He followed with rounds of 69 and 66 squaring only 2 bogeys for both rounds.

“They say this is a golf course that I’ve had the most leads in a tournament, so it tells you how much I like this place and how well I’ve played here.”

Kevin Na
Kevin Na
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)

Na’s game tee-to-green was on point finishing 2nd for the week in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. In particular his iron play on approach was dialled-in. He topped the pile in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green category gaining an impressive 8.296 strokes on the field average. His putter was hot also finishing 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting. Other stats for the week include T17 for Driving Accuracy, 58th for Driving Distance, 1st in GIR and 5th for Putts per GIR.

2018 Charles Schwab Challenge | Justin Rose

The 2018 champion, Justin Rose emerged victorious finishing three strokes ahead of his nearest rival Brooks Koepka. He carded a final round -6 (64) to finish on a total -20 (260). The Englishman’s victory at Colonial was his ninth PGA Tour success.

Justin Rose
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)

Ball striking was the key to Rose’s win finishing the week 1st in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green (15.820 strokes) category. The majority of his gain on the field average came from his approach play. He topped the field in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green which yielded an impressive 10.242 strokes. Other stats for the tournament include T6 for Driving Accuracy, T17 for Driving Distance, 1st in GIR and 21st for Strokes Gained Putting.

2017 Charles Schwab Challenge | Kevin Kisner

The 2017 winner, Kevin Kisner, shot a final round -4 (66) for a -10 (270) total for his second PGA Tour title. He finished one stroke ahead of Jordan Spieth (defending champion), Jon Rahm and Sean O’Hair.

Kisner has had 6 runner up finishes in his career, including 4 in playoffs.

“I’ve been in this position a ton, and one thing I always take away is you just got to keep making birdies and basically look up when you can’t make any more.”

Kevin Kisner
Kevin Kisner
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)

A strong short game and putter powered Kisner to victory. He finished the week 2nd in Strokes Gained Around-The-Green and 3rd in Strokes Gained Putting. This gave him a combined gain of 9.818 strokes on the field average for the week. Other key stats include T1 for Driving Accuracy, T39 for Driving Distance, 2nd in GIR and T28 for Putts per GIR

Charles Schwab Challenge Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past four champions of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Last 4 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes GainedAverage Finishing
Position SG Category

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge.

Colonial is a true shot-maker’s golf course requiring players to shape the ball off the tee. It demands precision and rewards good ball-strikers. Good scrambling is important and the Texas winds form part of the course’s defense

Final Round Highlights from last year’s Charles Schwab Challenge

Charles Schwab Challenge Tips

Corey Conners golf betting tipsCorey Conners 22/1 (E/W) – this is the Canadian’s 4th look at Colonial with his best result here a T8 in 2018. His form is impressive this season with 14 x Top 25’s from 21 starts including a T17 in last week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Around the Ocean Course he was 9th in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee and 16th in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. The ball-striking supremo places inside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis. His skill set is tailor made for Colonial and if his putter performs then he will make some noise. Always worth a look each time he tees it up.

Sungjae Im golf betting tipsSungjae Im 28/1 (E/W) – finished T10 in last year’s edition of the Charles Schwab in only his second look at Colonial. Has 11 x Top 25’s so far this season which includes a T2 in the Masters and a T17 in last week’s PGA Championship. Places 20th in this week’s Stats Analysis he is also 14th on Tour for Driving Accuracy and 8th in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee. The South Korean’s accuracy from the tee will be a big plus around Colonial. If his iron-play on approach matches his play from the tee then he should be one of the main protagonists for the tartan jacket. Best value at top end of market.

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