We make our fourth and final trip to Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge, an invitational that’s usually a very windy tournament, so players aren’t getting much of a break from Bethpage State Park. There was no suspense last week in the PGA Championship, as you had pretty much no chance if you didn’t bet on Brooks Koepka. We did, however, have runner-up Dustin Johnson at +1100 odds and a long-shot in Adam Scott at +5500 finished in the top-10.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Emiliano Grillo, +5000 - Emiliano Grillo is coming off a top-25 finish last week in the PGA Championship, his best performance since the Sony Open in Hawaii. Grillo gets to bring that momentum into the Colonial Country Club, a place where he’s improved his finish in each of his three appearances. Grillo has mentioned in the past how much he enjoys this course, and he finished third last year. You’re not going to find much better value this week, so this is a strong dark horse.
Jordan Spieth, +1400 - Jordan Spieth said before the PGA Championship that he was out of his slump, and he followed up those words with a third place finish. Spieth says this is as good as he’s felt in quite some time and it appears the confidence is back. Spieth won the Fort Worth Invitational back in 2016 and was runner-up in 2015 and 2017. If Spieth is really back to being Spieth, he’s going to be in the mix for a victory this week. Also, if it’s true, you’re not going to get these odds very often moving forward. You should probably take advantage while you still can.
Louis Oosthuizen, +3300 - Louis Oosthuizen is coming off back-to-back forgettable performances and has missed the cut three times since February. The good news is that when Oosthuizen is hitting the ball well, he’s consistently pushing the leaderboard and competing for victories. It seems to be feast or famine these days for the South African, but I’ll bank on this being a bounce back week. In three times making the cut at the Colonial Country Club, Oosthuizen is averaging a finish of 20.6, and that includes a fifth place finish here last year.
Zach Johnson, +5500 - Zach Johnson has finished outside of the top-50 in five of his last eight events and has missed the cut five times since September. There’s good reason why Johnson is a bit of an afterthought this week. With that said, Johnson has 13 starts at the Colonial Country Club and two victories, which includes a course record in 2010 with a -21 to par. Johnson has eight top-20 finishes at this event overall. The experience and proven success here makes Johnson worth strong consideration for a bounce back performance.
Justin Rose, +1000 - Justin Rose has produced a top-10 finish in five of his last six times the following week he’s finished outside of the top-20. That means you can expect Rose to be in the thick of things this week. Rose is the defending champion at the Fort Worth Invitational after beating Brooks Koepka by three strokes, and he’s made the cut in all five appearances here overall. Rose is probably the clear cut favorite this week, so a chance to make 10 times your money is hard to pass up.