After last week’s remarkable PGA Championship historic win by Phil Mickelson, the boys head on down to Fort Worth Texas to play the Charles Schwab Challenge. After a Major, you can typically expect the world’s best to take a week off. This week, that is not the case as many travel down to take on Colonial Country Club. This is the third year Charles Schwab will sponsor the event, with the past two winners being Daniel Berger and Kevin Na. This year’s Charles Schwab Challenge field provides for some nice DraftKings opportunities as well.
Previously, the event was called the Colonial Invitational with the nod to host course, so tap into that course history data. Colonial Country Club was founded 85 years ago and is home to the only bentgrass greens in Texas. It is a challenging par 70 course playing over 7,200 yards with narrow fairways. The course is set up along the Trinity River with plenty of hazards and bunkers in play. This is not a golf course you can overpower, it will take accuracy off the tee and quality approach shots. The focus will be on consistent ball strikers. Let’s get into the golfers.
It’s so hard not to be impressed with Will Zalatoris. Will just had himself another top ten finish at last week’s PGA Championship. That marks Z 17th top ten finish this season. This dude is overdue for a win! Last week Z gained 8.2 strokes on approach against the field. At Colonial, the approach is extremely important. If Z continues to throw darts on the green, do not be shocked when he wins his first tournament and catapults your DraftKings lineup to victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
We are going to continue riding the hot hand of Corey Conners. We’ve been showcasing his numbers for the last six weeks. He was able to jump out to an early Thursday lead of the PGA on the heels of his flat stick. Surely, this was bound to cool off, but he maintained the off the tee and approach game to earn a 17th place finish. Look for him to make it nine straight cuts made with
Streelman is as consistent as they come with his off the tee and approach game, gaining 1.5 strokes T2G over his last 289 rounds. His game of late has been very strong after his 8th place finish last weekend. Over the last 24 rounds he is 12th in the field in fairways gained and 15th in ball striking. Look for him to bounce back from last year’s missed cut.
When we think ball striker’s one has to think of Emiliano Grillo. Grillo has gained over 4.8 strokes on approach on the field in his past 5 events and a ridiculous 7.4 strokes at last week’s PGA Open. Grillo finished in 38th place. Besides Grillo’s ability to strike the ball, he has good course history here with 3rd and 18th place in the past three years. Grillo is known not to be the best putter, but bentgrass is his favorite surface which is what he will see this week. Grillo is a nice mid-tier option for your DraftKings lineup this week in the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Ortiz has struggled to find consistency since his first PGA win at the Houston Open last November. He has managed to find consistency with his short game ranking 9th in strokes gained around the green, and 19th in scrambling gained. We feel his game is turning the corner and returning to being a consistent top-20 finisher. Coming into this weekend he has 3 straight including a 55th last weekend and gaining 1.4 strokes over his last 10 events. Lock the youngster in for the Challenge.
ZJ is our wild card play this week. Zach Johnson does not have the best course history here at Colonial, or recent form to back him up. The reason we are playing ZJ is that he has made 14/18 cuts this season and the two-time major winner is a very consistent golfer. At $6,900 he gives your Charles Schwab Challenge DraftKings team more leeway.