Charles Schwab Challenge Preview

The 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge is here and this is the grand re-opening of the PGA tour season. We were fortunate enough to have “The Match 2.0” and “Drive For Charity”but in my eyes, this is the official return to sports since we have all been isolated to our homes because of a virus that is said to be worse than the normal flu…. My opinion on that is for a later blog, let’s not pollute the waters and sully the return of golf.

The television coverage will start today at noon on golf channel, unfortunately, players have been teeing off since 6AM and after months of quarantine, golf still has not been able to figure out a way to provide free TV coverage of entire golf tournaments, just to remind you, it’s the year of our lord 2020. You can sign-up for PGA Tour Live and watch the complete coverage of the golf tournament. I won’t complain too much, at least we get seven hours of first round coverage today and we have some big names in the field. Let’s look at some of the featured groups in this tournament:

Group #1
Rory McIlroy
Jon Rahm
Brooks Koepka

This group is phenomenal, Rory has been one of the most consistent players on tour his entire career but has had a resurgence the last couple of years and is poised for a big 2020. Koepka has gained a lot of weight during quarantine to add more to the lore of being the everyday golfer, he has become self aware lately and has been more annoying in interviews lately, he talks about how much he doesn’t enjoy golf blah blah blah shutup buddy. Rahm has all the ability to be a great tour pro but he has struggled down the stretch of tournaments, having some notable meltdowns, gotta love that.

Group 2
Rickie Fowler
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth

Fowler is one of the most overrated pros of my generation, he has never won a major and on many occasions when he has a chance to close out a major he has failed to do so. With saying that, he has had success on tour and in tournaments such as these, he has excelled. Justin Thomas showed his true colors during “The Match 2.0” and I for one thought he was hilarious and it made me like him a lot more, I might see myself pulling for him more than I thought. Let’s look at Spieth, he has struggled the last few years and have had some extremely poor performances BUT he is no doubt talented, he has multiple major victories under his belt and he is playing this tournament in his backyard practically, he has won this tournament before and I for one, LOVE HIS ODDS, he goes off at 45/1 so jump all over that, especially if you can make a top ten bet. I will post the odds down below but stay focused on him this weekend.

Group #3
Phil Mickelson
Kevin Na
Gary Woodland

This is my favorite group of the week, without a doubt these are three of the most likable guys on tour and all three have a lot to prove. Mickelson is looking to show that age is only a number and he is still a force to be reckoned with on the PGA tour, Woodland looking to prove that his major victory was not just a fluke and Na trying to show that is fun spirited behavior is not just all show and that he has a game to back it up.

Rory McIlroy 15-2
Jon Rahm 12-1
Justin Thomas 16-1
Bryson DeChambeau 22-1
Webb Simpson 22-1
Patrick Reed 28-1
Dustin Johnson 28-1
Brooks Koepka 28-1
Xander Schauffele 28-1
Rickie Fowler 33-1
Sungjae Im 33-1
Tony Finau 40-1
Marc Leishman 40-1
Matt Kucher 45-1
Collin Morikawa 45-1
Justin Rose 45-1
Scottie Scheffler 45-1
Jordan Speith 45-1
Kevin Na 50-1
Jason Day 55-1
Viktor Hovland 55-1
Sergio Garcia 55-1
Louis Oosthuzen 55-1
Daniel Berger 60-1
Joaquin Niemann 66-1
Billy Horschel 66-1
Byeong Hun An 66-1
Joey Dahmen 70-1
Ryan Palmer 70-1
Kevin Kisner 70-1
Max Homa 70-1

Abraham Ancer 70-1
Harris English 70-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 80-1
Maverick McNealy 100-1
Adam Hadwin 100-1
Jason Kokrak 125-1
Bubba Watson 125-1
Matthew Wolff 125-1
Corey Conners 125-1
Brendan Steeler 125-1
Ian Poulter 125-1
Chez Reavie 125-1
Sebastian Munoz 125-1
Danny Willett 125-1
Rory Sabbatini 125-1
Ryan Moore 125-1
Phil Mickelson 125-1

My top five value picks for this tournament are Mickelson, Homa, Kisner, Na and Spieth. If you can get some top ten bets or matchups I would look at these five guys because of the tremendous value that they have for this week, I mean Phil at 125/1 … WHY NOT, take a shot on him and hope that he hammers the fairway this week and gives you a chance to make some money.