Charles Schwab Challenge betting tips: Berger could be tasty choice
Preview and odds for this week’s PGA Tour event
Phil Mickelson makes an immediate return to action at the Charles Schwab Challenge following his historic US PGA victory on Sunday.
The 50-year-old became golf’s oldest major champion at Kiawah Island and now heads to Colonial Country Club, a course where he has won twice before.
The left-hander is 50/1 to make it a hat-trick of titles at the Fort Worth venue but faces stiff competition from a strong field.
Mickelson’s previous wins at the Texas course came in 2000 and 2008, with Daniel Berger winning last year in what was the PGA Tour’s first post-pandemic event.
Berger is 16/1 to retain his title and having already won at Pebble Beach this season before finishing third two weeks ago at the AT&T Byron Nelson, he is likely to feature in plenty of Charles Schwab Challenge betting tips.
Morikawa precision could prove key
The small greens at Colonial put a premium on approach play and will not help 9/1 tournament favourite Jordan Spieth, whose putting is his main strength.
Collin Morikawa was beaten in a play-off by Berger last year and the world number five has three top-10 finishes in his last six starts, including a win at the WGC – Workday Championship.
Morikawa, available at 12/1, leads the way on the PGA Tour this season for greens in regulation and shots gained – approach.
England’s Matt Wallace is also in the top 10 for strokes gained – approach as he continues his search for a first win in the US.
The 31-year-old has been edging closer to a PGA Tour breakthrough having made six cuts on the spin, including a third-place finish at the Valero Texas Open and a tie for sixth at Quail Hollow.
Available at 50/1, Wallace’s four European Tour titles all came on courses measuring less than 7,420 yards, with Colonial’s 7,054-yard layout likely to suit.
Niemann looks to cash in on consistency
Chile’s Joaquin Niemann is currently on the PGA Tour’s longest streak of consecutive cuts made with 19. That run has included two runner-up finishes in Hawaii but the 25/1 chance has not won since 2019.
Niemann is 13th on tour for greens in regulation and finished tied for eighth in this event in 2018.
The winner that year, Justin Rose, is available at 28/1. A share of eighth at Kiawah Island was the Englishman’s third top-10 in six starts and he finished tied for third behind Berger last year.
American Peter Uihlein also boasts an impressive record here, having finished in the top 15 in each of the last two stagings.
A 100/1 chance, Uihlein has won on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour in recent weeks.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication