Typically, the tournament after a major is a bit of a letdown, but not so much this week with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.
Six of the top-10 players in the world are in the field, including last week’s PGA Championship winner, Justin Thomas. He enters the week with the best golf odds to win at +1100.
When it comes to golf betting this week, there are some similarities to last week at Southern Hills, as both courses were designed by Perry Maxwell. Colonial is a little shorter and doesn’t demand as many drivers off the tee.
So when it comes to targeting players this week, driving accuracy and iron play should be the premium stats to look at.
With that in mind, here are my three favorite plays for the week.
Jordan Spieth Outright Winner +1200
Yes, the odds aren’t great but with the success Spieth has had at Colonial, it’s hard not to bet him outright.
In nine career PGA Tour starts, he has a win (2016), three runner-up finishes and seven top-10s. While the AT&T Byron Nelson means the most to him when it comes to tournaments in Texas, this is the one he’s had the most success at.
Even though he finished T-34 at the PGA Championship, it’s worth noting in Spieth’s last start after a major he won the RBC Heritage.
Davis Riley Top-20 Finish +175
It’s tempting to play Riley for a top 10, but the safer play is top 20 which still pays out plus money.
The 25-year-old enters the week in great form with three straight top-15 finishes, including a T-13 last week at the PGA Championship. He hit the ball extremely well all four days, finishing fifth in strokes gained.
It would not be a surprise at all to see Riley win an event before the year is done.
Justin Rose Top-20 Finish +180
What a test Southern Hill was this week.. Nice ending the week with a 68 and T13.
Congratulations @JustinThomas34 on @PGAChampionship number 2! pic.twitter.com/kH6y7HwPcl
— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) May 23, 2022
Rose, who is currently ranked No. 56 in the world, is flying under the radar going into this week likely because he hasn’t played much this year.
He’s played in just three events since March – a missed cut at the Masters, a T-14 in the team event at the Zurich Classic and a T-13 at the PGA Championship. Rose got better as the week went on at the PGA Championship, which should carry over to this week.
He gained 3.96 shots on approach against the field across the final two rounds, including 1.73 strokes gained during his 2-under 68 on Sunday. Like with Riley, a top-10 play isn’t a bad one, but at plus-money, it’s worth playing it safe.
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