The PGA Tour returns to the Lone Star this week for the 2022 Charles Schwab Challange at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Formerly the Colonial National Invitational, the tournament is the longest-running non-major event played at the same course. Tournament play begins on Thursday, May 26th, and concludes on Sunday, May 29th. It’s time to take a closer look at our Golf Betting analysis so you can get all set to bet against the PGA Tour Odds.
Golf Betting Preview for the 2022 PGA Tour Charles Schwab Challenge
The Charles Schwab Challange is one of five invitational events on the PGA Tour schedule. Given the invitational status, the tournament field is shrunk to approximately 120 players that are invited to the tournament based on certain criteria.
Jason Kokrak is the defending champion and returns to defend his title. Kokrak’s victory was his first of two in 2021. The 37-year-old trumped the field with a four-day total of 14-under par, two strokes better than runner-up Jordan Spieth.
Players aim to win $1.512 million of the $8.4 million purse and slip on an official Scottish tartan jacket. The winner also receives 500 FedEx Cup points.
Colonial Country Club
Colonial CC opened its doors in 1936 and players get a taste of back-to-back courses designed by Perry Maxwell. Maxwell teamed up with John Bredemus to design the track that plays as a par-70 and stretches approximately 7,200 yards.
Similar to Southern Hills Golf Club, host of last week’s PGA Championship, players will need all the shots in their bag around the course. Tight fairways with strategic bunkers and undulated putting surfaces create havoc for players, but there are many birdie-able holes to take advantage on the property.
A rather jam-packed field following a major championship is in store this week, including last week’s winner Justin Thomas. World no. 1 Scottie Scheffler will tee it up a week after missing the cut at the PGA Championship. Five of the top 10 players in the world are expected to participate in the action this week.
Other notable players in the field include Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, and Will Zalatoris. Nine of the last ten tournament winners are back, including two-time champion Zach Johnson.
The Champion’s Choice, a traditional for this particular tournament, allows past champions to select a pair of professionals to play in the tournament that would not be eligible. This year the spots went to Stephen Jaeger and Min Woo Lee.
The Betting Odds
Freshly minted two-time major winner Justin Thomas is the pre-tournament betting favorite at +800. Thomas finished T40 here in 2021 and T10 in 2020.
Following Thomas is Scheffler at +1000. The former University of Texas star missed the cut here last year and posted a T55 in his first appearance two years ago.
Morikawa and Spieth follow the top two players at +1200 each. Morikawa has a T14 and a solo second in two appearances here, while Spieth, a Texas native, tries to add another Lone Star tournament title to his resume.
PGA Championship runner-up Will Zalatoris and Norway’s Viktor Hovland round out the top six and can be grabbed at +2000. Zalatoris is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory after losing in a playoff last week to Thomas. After a pair of victories during the fall swing, Hovland’s been quiet with his last top-10 finish at the PLAYERS in March.