The 2019 renewal of The Charles Schwab Challenge will take place at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas between Thursday and Sunday of this week. UK golf lovers can follow the action live on Sky Sports from 1.00pm GMT on the first two days and then 6.00pm on the deciding couple. Meanwhile, here are our top Charles Schwab Challenge betting tips.
You can spice up your viewing with a bet on the outcome and bookmakers have a number of markets available, including outright, top-10 finish, first round leader, top European finisher, top American, and lots more. When the golf is live you can also have your say on the same markets thanks to in-play betting. This allows backers to get a feel for the course and player form before risking their cash. At the conclusion of the first day you can also go back in on the second day leader.
The outright market makes for interesting reading and there’s plenty of value around as it doesn’t seem like traders know who is going to come out on top in this one. They have pinned Justin Rose to the head of a star-studded field but there’s no real confidence in the jolly and it would appear he has been slotted in on reputation alone. The shortest price player carries double-figure odds and that will catch the attention of value hunters looking to make the money men pay.
Jon Rahm rates as the main danger to Rose this weekend and he’s 12/1 with major online bookmakers, ahead of Rickie Fowler at 14/1. Each-way players can take advantage of 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4-5. Some bookies are offering 1/5 the odds up to eight places but their prices are lower, so make sure it works for you before snatching at the extra places.
Justin Rose arrives in Texas as defending champion, having run away with this title 12 months ago. The experienced Englishman handed in a card reading 20 under par and that was more than enough to bank him the prize money. In fact, that score would’ve been good enough to win the Charles Schwab in most renewals, including each of the last five. Will we see more of the same this week? Traders believe so and that 20 under makes him difficult to go against, that’s for sure. Anything close to the play we saw from Rose in 2018 will ensure he walks it again.
Take a Punt on a Bigger Price
Other recent winners include Kevin Kisner in 2017, Jordan Spieth 2016, Chris Kirk 2015 and Adam Scott in 2014. The latter was the lowest scoring champion on 9 under and needed a play-off to get across the line. Other than that emphatic win for Rose, there’s not a lot that can be taken from the trends of this tournament, making our job a tad more difficult.
As already mentioned, Justin Rose deserves his place at the head of the betting but he’s not a bet that makes too much appeal to us as, other than his win here last year, he has been far from convincing in Texas on previous visits, ending way down the pecking order on occasion. He’s a supremely talented player and one that will be popular with backers this weekend but he’s not for us and we’ll happily look elsewhere and take a punt on one at a bigger price.
The man to carry our stake money in the Charles Schwab will be an old favourite in Brandt Snedeker who looks to have been overpriced. More than good enough to come here and make waves, 38-year-old Snedeker from Nashville is the type of player that will enjoy the challenges of this course. He boasts big game experience, having won nine times on tour throughout his career and going close in a few majors, including third in the 2008 Masters.
Accuracy is Key in Texas
Snedeker isn’t a man to be feared with the driver in hand and that hampers his progress at many courses in this part of the world, but it won’t be an issue here as players who bomb off the tee don’t feature too often in the list of previous champions. This is a tight course which is shorter in distance than many and that puts the emphasis on accuracy off the starting point, something Brandt can cope with.
When finding a decent lie on the fairway the difference between the winners and losers will be how they perform on the greens and if our pick can putt well this week, we’re in with a shout. Snedeker has blown hot and cold in that department in recent times but he’s more than capable under pressure and we’re confident enough in his ability to take a punt.
Follow our thinking and back Brandt Snedeker and you’ll get a shot at a 66/1 winner with Ladbrokes. That’s marked best price but tread carefully as many respected firms offer much lower on the same outcome, including as tight as 40/1. If you do go with our pick, we suggest taking advantage of the generosity shown by Ladbrokes, they are a good deal better than most bookies.
Specials Hold Your Interest
If Snedeker is to feature, it’s likely he’ll require a fast start and there’s 60/1 – top price at Bet365 – on him being the first-round leader. A top 10 finish is there for those requiring a bit more of a safety net and if you predict Brandt will end in the best 10 this week, you’ll be delighted to find 11/2 at Bet365. The top-20 finish is one for your weekend accas, it would seem, with 5/2 at Ladbrokes.
Unibet are giving out a handy 33/1 on our boy ending as the top American player and there is a number of other specials available. Will there be a hole in one? Will your player of choice make the cut? More than enough to hold your interest in Texas and keep backers glued to the live TV coverage.