Charles Schwab Challenge betting tips & predictions – 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 is one of only five tournaments given “invitational” status by the PGA Tour and consequently has a reduced field of approximately 120 players. The other four tournaments with invitational status are the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, the Memorial Tournament, and The National.
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.
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.
Last year, 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.
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 on the field average. Other stats for the tournament include T6 for Driving Accuracy, T17 for Driving Distance, 1st in GIR and 21st for Strokes Gained Putting.
In 2018, 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 who has had 6 runner up finishes in his career, including 4 in playoffs, had this to say after the final round;
“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.”
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, giving 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
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 vital and the Texas winds form part of the course’s defense.
Charles Schwab Challenge Betting Tips 2019