Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas Lead Charles Schwab Challenge Favorites


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  • World no. 1 Scottie Scheffler is the +1100 favorite to win the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club.
  • PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is the second favorite at +1200.
  • Jordan Spieth who has six Top 10 finishes in the event is listed at +1400.

Three of the Top 5 golfers in the world and five out of the Top 10 will tee off at the Colonial Country Club for one of the PGA Tour’s oldest stops- The Charles Schwab Challenge. The field also includes Will Zalatoris who lost to Justin Thomas in a playoff at the 2022 PGA Championship last week.

According to the best golf betting sites, world no.1 Scottie Scheffler and PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas lead the pack with their +1100 and +1200, respectively.

How Will Scottie Scheffler Bounce Back?

Scottie Scheffler was on the wrong end of the weather drawl last week in Tulsa where he missed the cut by two shots. The world no. 1 finished the tournament at six-over-par and became only the third world no.1 after Seve Ballesteros in 1986 and Dustin Johnson last year to miss the cut at the PGA Championship. But despite last week’s setback, Scheffler is still having a phenomenal start to the year and is still world no. 1.

Prior to the PGA Championship, Scheffler had seven consecutive Top 20 finishes in major tournaments including two Top 10 finishes in the PGA Championship. With four wins in his previous eight starts, he was without double the betting favorite entering last week’s tournament. Now it will be interesting how he bounces back after the disappointing performance.

Next to Scheffler on the odds boards is the man who won a second Wanamaker Trophy last week. Justin Thomas rallied from seven shots down and outdueled Will Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff to win his second major. The new world no. 5 joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Johnny Miller, and Tom Watson as the only golfers to win 15 PGA Tour events and two majors before turning 30.

Could it Be the Same at the Colonial?

One week after the Masters, Spieth won the RBC Heritage in a playoff against Patrick Cantlay. Now that we are coming off the PGA Championship, many are wondering if Spieth can defy the odds again and win the first tournament off the last major. That remains to be seen.

But if you look at Spieth’s course history, no one has played better on this golf course than the American. Spieth has six Top 10 finishes including three runners-up. In his previous four starts at Colonial, Spieth has gained 7.5 in 2019, 8.6 in 2020, and 7.1 last year. Spieth opened the week at around 15-1 odds but is now down to +1400 at many of the top golf betting sites. Collin Morikawa is next with the two-time major champion currently listed at +1600.

Viktor Hovland and Will Zalatoris are both listed at +2000. Zalatoris finished second behind Justin Thomas in last weekend’s PGA Championship, losing in a three-hole playoff. Meanwhile, Sam Burns is listed at +2500 while Max Homa trails Burns at +2800. Homa won the Well Fargo Championship earlier this month.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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