PGA Tour best bets: Charles Schwab Challenge

May 25, 2022 07:36 AM

After a 4-over 74 on Saturday, Justin Thomas, who was already at a deficit from being on the wrong side of the weather draw, trailed by seven strokes heading into the final round of the PGA Championship. Data Golf gave him a 1.2 percent chance of winning the Wanamaker Trophy. As the leaders faltered, though, Thomas rallied and found himself in a playoff with Will Zalatoris, which he eventually won. Thomas tied John Mahaffey (1978) for the largest comeback in PGA Championship history. He also cashed a 17-1 winner for this column. 

Thomas gets no rest this week as he is back at it as the 12-1 co-favorite in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Joining him at the top of the odds board is World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who missed the cut last week. Thomas and Scheffler head a strong field this week, with six of the OWGR Top 10 participating. Jordan Spieth (14-1) described last week's PGA Championship venue, Southern Hills, as “Colonial on steroids.” Spieth, who finished 34th at the PGA, is the 2016 champion of this event and a three-time runner-up, including last year to Jason Kokrak. Kokrak was tipped in this column last year at 55-1 and returns to Colonial priced at 40-1. 

Collin Morikawa (18-1), 55th last week, lost in a playoff here two years ago to Daniel Berger (35-1), who has been battling injuries and missed the cut last week. Viktor Hovland, 41st last week, is priced at 20-1 along with Zalatoris, who became the first player since Ernie Els with five top-10 finishes in his first eight major starts. 

Max Homa (28-1), who won three weeks ago at the Wells Fargo, finished 13th last week. Sam Burns (30-1), who won earlier this year at the Valspar Championship, finished 20th last week. Abraham Ancer (35-1) and Tommy Fleetwood (40-1) are both coming off top-10 finishes in the PGA, finishing ninth and fifth. Mito Pereira (50-1), who lost a one-stroke lead with a double bogey on the 72nd hole at Southern Hills, is attempting to put last week's disastrous finish behind him. 

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