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Charles Schwab Challenge Winning Formula

The Charles Schwab Challenge is played each year at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Colonial Country Club is a Par 70 that plays to over 7,200 yards. It is a true shot-maker’s course requiring players to shape the ball off the tee. It demands precision and rewards ball-strikers.

Fairways are tight and tree-lined with lots of dog-legs. Water is in play on six holes and the course is littered with strategically placed fairway bunkers. Length is not overly important but experience is crucial. A fast start is usually required and it is a tournament that suits the patient pro.

The following is a breakdown of the strokes gained for the last three winners of the Charles Schwab Challenge;

2017 | Kevin Kisner

Kevin Kisner
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT0.88330th
SGAPR3.25923rd
SGARG4.1162nd
SGP5.7023rd
SGT2G8.2595th

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

2018 | Justin Rose

Justin Rose
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT3.9544th
SGAPR10.2421st
SGARG1.62419th
SGP2.69721st
SGT2G15.8201st

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.

2019 | Kevin Na

Kevin Na
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.33218th
SGAPR8.2961st
SGARG-1.35558th
SGP7.0332nd
SGT2G9.2722nd

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.

The Winning Formula

Taking the average strokes gained for the past three winners in each of the strokes gained categories yields the following “winning formula”.

Strokes Gained CategoryLast 3 Winners
Average Strokes Gained
Last 3 Winners
Average Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.39017th
SGAPR7.2668th
SGARG1.46226th
SGP5.1449th
SGT2G11.1173rd

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