The 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge is one of the most anticipated golf tournaments in recent history, as it marks the PGA Tour’s return from a nearly three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve made our outright betting picks and power rankings, and below, we’ll look at the best matchup picks and tournament specials for the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas hosts the event – Round 1 is Thursday – as one of the PGA Tour’s marquee annual stops. It measures 7,209 yards and plays to a par of 70. It features Bentgrass greens.Charles Schwab Challenge: Matchup bets
Odds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Tuesday, June 9 at 10:20a.M. ET.Patrick Reed vs. Brooks Koepka (-112)
Reed won the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this year, while Koepka dealt with a lingering knee injury. The No. 3 player in the Official World Golf Ranking has had plenty of time to heal and finished as the runner-up in his only appearance here in 2018. He’s a good value with this line set as a pick ’em.Rickie Fowler vs. Marc Leishman (+100)
Current form goes out the window this week following a long interruption in the 2019-20 PGA Tour season, but Leishman still needs to be given at least somewhat of an edge. He won the Farmers Insurance Open and finished second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year, both in stacked fields. Fowler missed the cut in two of six 2020 events.Matthew Fitzpatrick vs. Justin Rose (+110)
Rose, a short-game wiz, won this event in 2018. Fitzpatrick finished just T-64 last year in his only career appearance at Colonial. Rose also has a significant advantage in putting on Bentgrass greens.
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Scheffler ranks third on Tour this season with a first-round scoring average of 68.15 through 13 rounds. He has soared into 45th in the OWGR and remained busy during the break while winning a charity event at Maridoe Golf Club. He’s just +4000 to win this event outright.
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Getting the top three golfers in the world to all make the cut at plus-money is a bargain in any event. Even in a loaded field, they’re safe bets to be playing Saturday.Wire to wire winner: +1200
This is a good hedge against the low outright odds for all the top players in the world. A number of golfers in this loaded field have the ability to go the distance, especially without fans permitted on the course.
New to sports betting? A $10 bet on a golfer to lead from the end of Round 1 through Round 4 returns a profit of $120.
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