May 22, 2022; Tulsa, OK, USA; Abraham Ancer plays his second shot on the second fairway during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
- The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club tees off Thursday, May 26th from Fort Worth, TX
- Justin Thomas is the +1800 favorite over Scottie Scheffler to be atop the leaderboard after day one
- See the best bets and odds to grab the first-round lead in the article below
A week after winning his second career PGA Championship, Justin Thomas and the PGA Tour heads to Fort Worth, Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge. The field is very strong, with six of the top-ten golfers in the world teeing it up. JT is the favorite in the Charles Schwab Challenge odds to win in back-to-back weeks over reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler.
There are plenty of opportunities for sleepers and longshots at Colonial to make some noise at this event held at Colonial Country Club at Hogan’s Alley. In this article, we’ll explore which players have the best chance of being the leader after day one, along with what players are fast starters on Thursday’s this season.
2022 Charles Schwab Challenge First Round Leader Odds
Odds as of May 25th at DraftKings Sportsbook
The forecast is expected to be sunny throughout the day. Temperatures will be the mid 60’s for those teeing off first, reaching low 80’s for the afternoon wave. It’ll be a less windy for the morning players with gusts around twelve miles per hour, reaching low 20’s for those finishing in the evening.
A benefit for those teeing it up in the morning is the exact same as it is every week – less bumpy greens with fewer players chewing them up.
Abraham Ancer Coming Off Solid PGA Championship
Abraham Ancer hasn’t been playing the kind of consistent golf that he displayed in 2021, but he’s showing signs of getting his game together. He resurfaced at the PGA Championship, where he finished in a tie for ninth.
For the tournament, he picked up over six shots tee-to-green and four shots on the greens. He’s also been a quick starter for the campaign, recording a round in the 60’s in seven of his last ten Thursday’s.
2021-22 PGA Tour First Round Scoring Average Leaders
|6. Patton Kizzire||68.50||+9000|
|8. Scottie Scheffler||68.71||+2000|
|10. Mito Pereira||68.89||+4500|
|11. Billy Horschel||68.91||+3500|
|13. Sungjae Im||68.93||+3500|
|15. Joel Dahmen||69.00||+9000|
|19. Aaron Rai||69.11||+13000|
|20. Wyndham Clark||69.12||+14000|
|21. Daniel Berger||69.13||+3500|
|22. Abraham Ancer||69.14||+4000|
He’s also been a strong factor in the last two trips to this track, as he sports identical T-14 results in the last two years.
- Pick: Abraham Ancer (+4000)
Davis Riley Shining In Rookie Season
There haven’t been many golfers who have been playing as consistently hot as Davis Riley has displayed recently. He very nearly won his first PGA Tour event at the Valspar, where he was runner-up in a playoff. His last four tournaments have produced the following – T-4th, 5th, T-9th and T-13 at the PGA Championship. Twelve of his last 16 rounds have been sub-70.
Davis Riley’s Strokes Gained Stats Last Twelve Rounds
|Total||Putting||Off-The-Tee||Ball Striking||Short Game||Tee-To-Green||Approach|
For the season, he’s tenth in birdie average, and he’s also +5000 to win the tournament outright, which is solid value.
- Pick: Davis Riley (+4500)
James Hahn With Fine Form
James Hahn has posted back-to-back top-10 finishes, with a pair of T-9 results at the AT&T Byron Nelson and Wells Fargo Championship that saw him in contention on Sunday. He’s also posted rounds in the 60’s in the opening round of four of his last five individual events (with the other score being a 71).
In those eight rounds, he’s posted some solid ‘strokes gained’ numbers.
James Hahn’s Strokes Gained Stats Last Eight Rounds
With odds of +9000, Hahn is without question a very intriguing long shot option, given his stellar play of late.
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