Let’s take a closer look at this week’s contest with the odds provided via William Hill Sportsbook.
Event: Charles Schwab Challenge | Date: May 27-30
Location: Colonial Country Club – Fort Worth, Texas
Three things to know
1. Lefty playing with the house money: Lefty returns just four days after winning the most historic victory of his career. He will surely always be on top of his PGA Championship win, but it will be fun to hear him reflect on the past few weeks and start formulating his plan for the US Open at Torrey Pines. It will also be fascinating to see what he left in the tank after what has been one of the most emotionally trying weeks of his entire career. It would honestly be surprising if he made the cut this weekend, but much crazier things have happened in the past five days.
2. Full circle: It hasn’t been quite a year since the PGA Tour returned to competition at this tournament in early June, but it’s close enough to mark some sort of one-year anniversary. Around this time last year it was very hard to imagine what the next full year of golf would look like, and while there were some slowdowns, starts and stops along the way I think it probably turned out a lot better than anyone could have imagined. Mickelson’s PGA win at Kiawah was a nice bookend for the whole thing, as the crowds started to come back in greater numbers – as they will again this week at Colonial.
3. Spieth is somehow… due? You could argue that Jordan Spieth should have won the Masters and could have won the PGA without an unusually cold putter in both events. He’s been the world’s best player since Jan. 1 – only Paul Casey also has over 2.0 strokes won per round – and he’s won on this golf course before. Despite Mickelson’s recent heroism, Spieth will be the main event due to his recent form as well as his relationship with fans in the DFW region. If you want to be even more specific, his putting will be one of the things I watch for the first couple of rounds because of my confidence (and you should be) in hitting the ball. If he puts the average, he will support.
Note the terrain
It’s a low-key formidable estate with Collin Morikawa, Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Will Zalatoris, Justin Thomas and defending champion Daniel Berger joining Spieth and Mickelson as preeminent names to watch at Colonial. I’m a little surprised given its proximity to the Memorial next week and the US Open two weeks later, but I’m also happy that the PGA and US Open are close enough to each other that some of the biggest names are unwilling to take it too. lots of free time as we sometimes see after the Masters. Grade: A