Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club

Many of the players who engaged in an exciting PGA Championship last week will be teeing it up this Thursday morning at the historic Colonial Country Club. In fact, the top three finishers – Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, and Mito Pereira – will be in attendance. I think Thomas will be too emotionally spent to do well this week and the other favourite – Scottie Scheffler has not fared well on this course – but then again, he is Scottie Scheffler.

Who should win? – Jordan Spieth 12/1

Spieth’s game was a little off at Southern Hills, but he has been trending well lately and most importantly has had three consecutive top-tens at this event, including a runner-up finish last year.

Who could win? – Collin Morikawa 16/1, Will Zalatoris 25/1, Abraham Ancer 40/1, Mito Pereira 50/1

Morikawa did not play particularly well at the PGA but Southern Hills was ill-suited to his game with the majority of holes favouring a draw. He has played this course well in the past with a runner-up finish in 2020. With the exception of an MC at the Nelson, Zalatoris has been no worse than T6 in his last five events. Despite looking like a 60-year-old Ben Hogan over a three-foot putt, he continues to play hard courses well. He had a T59 here last year, but he is always someone to watch. Ancer contended for a stretch of the PGA and has had good results on this track. Pereira must be heartbroken after his disappointing finish at the PGA but he had been trending well this season and something tells me he could quickly put it behind him with a win this weekend.

Longshot to consider – Justin Rose 55/1

Rose has been in the wilderness for a while but emerged with a T13 at the PGA after a T14 at the Zurich. He also won this event in 2018 and had a top 5 as recently as 2020. He’s worth a small wager at these long odds.

Who will win? – Collin Morikawa 16/1

I would love to see Mito Pereira surprise everyone with a win here this week and I do think he will contend but I would look to Morikawa to get his game back this week on a course that suits his game. He finished second to Daniel Berger in 2020 and it’s been too long since this supreme talent won a tournament.

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