Not shockingly, Colonial Country Club draws a better-than-average field even in the middle of an East Coast Major and an elevated event. A golf course we have seen on the PGA Tour for years will provide a unique test and reward the best ball strikers of the week. Let me know if you’ve heard someone say that before.
All jokes aside, this course requires elite iron play and could lend itself to a leaderboard full of shorter plotters off the tee or more aggressive bombers. There are multiple paths to success. Let’s take a look at five golfers who will have a solid week during the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge.
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2023 Charles Schwab DFS: Best Plays in Each Price Range
2023 Charles Schwab DFS – $9,000+
Collin Morikawa $10,400
Collin Morikawa’s game is in a very solid spot, and I believe the $200 less and significant ownership discount is worth the pivot off of Hovland. Viktor is coming off an astonishing ball-striking performance at Oak Hill, gaining over ten strokes on approach, and I am sure he will make a run on the weekend. Collin gained strokes in all four categories, which he rarely does.
He has played here three times, with a second-place finish in 2020. His game is rounding into form, and this is not a golf course where Collin needs to gain six strokes with the putter. Look for him to dial into that approach play and get to the top of the leaderboard.
Jordan Spieth $9,900
Some things are inevitable, and Jordan Spieth at Colonial is one of them. Coming off a missed cut, injury announcement, and lackluster PGA Championship. Jordan may not be as popular as he should be. However, I am not worried about the injury by any means, as Jordan still went out and smashed the golf ball.
He gained 8.4 strokes to the field ball striking but lost 3.6 to the short game. The short game has been a problem for Jordan this season, but he has fixed that over the last few months. This is Jordan Spieth’s most comfortable golf course, so he will surely be comfortable on and around the greens. With ten starts, zero missed cuts, and an average finish of 8.5, you play Jordan Spieth at Colonial.
2023 Charles Schwab DFS – Mid Range
Brian Harman $8,200
Harman has as much ceiling as anyone for someone in this price range, and this golf course should set up well for him with forced layups, doglegs, and a requirement for precision. Harman has played here ten times and has only missed the cut twice. In his ten made cuts, he has no worse finish than 30th. Harman is a solid play in this range at the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge.
Justin Suh $7,100
Justin Suh has not gained in the ball striking categories since his sixth-place finish at The Players Championship, which showed at Oak Hill. Suh found himself in a final group on the weekend but faded away just enough for people to forget the name possibly. Besides the recent solid play, I love the course fit.
Two months ago, heading into the Valspar Championship, Justin Suh was one of the chalkiest plays of the week and the most tipped golfer at the event. So naturally, he never had a chance at contention and finished at a modest tied for 45th. No matter what the form was, I would play Suh at Colonial as I see it as one of the best comparisons to Innisbrook (the host course of the Valspar).
I have been gearing up this one for a few weeks, we will see the narrative on Suh, but I am hoping he stays a little under the radar heading into Colonial this week.
2023 Charles Schwab DFS – $6K Range
Adam Schenk $6,800
Adam Schenk is coming off three consecutive missed cuts, but his game does not seem to be in a bad place. He’s gained on approach in two of the three but has lost on the putting surfaces and around the green. Schenk is a solid putter, as he ranks 47th on tour, so expect that to regress in our favor.
Speaking of the Valspar comp with Suh, Schenk led that golf tournament on Sunday only to finish second. Look for Schenk to get back into form as he heads to a golf course that suits him very well.