The 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge? Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th of May 2019

Where is the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge? Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge? $7,300,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge? https://www.pgatour.com/tourna...

What is the course yardage at the Colonial CC? 7,209 yards

What is the par at Colonial CC? 70

What is the course information for Colonial CC? Known as ‘Hogan’s Alley’ because of the legendary Ben Hogan’s imperious five tournament wins, Colonial is a true championship test with many of the holes playing with subtle turns and doglegs through pecan trees which demands great shot shaping.

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge? Warm conditions throughout the four rounds with an average of 27c. Isolated thunderstorms are predicted during Thursday carrying winds of 20mph that could cause delays with the remaining three rounds bringing mostly sunny conditions and a moderate breeze throughout.

THE HISTORY

For a course of such difficulty, scoring around Colonial since 2009 has been rather low – except for 2014 – with an average winning total of 15 under par. Zach Johnson set the tournament scoring record in 2010 at -21 which was nearly matched by Justin Rose during last year's edition. The winning margin has been typically small with an average of just 1.4 strokes with no player winning by more than four strokes.

THE FAVOURITES

Jordan Spieth

Spieth returns to his home state off the back of his season's best result at the PGA Championship where he finished in a tie for third. There were significant improvements in his all-round game – most notably his putting – where he currently ranks 11th in strokes-gained. Tee-to-green is still a work in progress, but to be one of only six players to finish the week under par around the demanding Bethpage Black suggests he will be confident with where his game is at. Having won this tournament in 2016 (sandwiched between two runners-up finishes), this is the ideal course and time for him to contend.

Jon Rahm

The Spaniard disappointingly missed the cut at last week's PGA by one stroke around a course that should have suited his game. Nevertheless, he heads to Colonial in good form having recorded three straight top 25 finishes which included a win at the team event in New Orleans. As one of the very best tee-to-green players (where he currently ranks 18th in strokes-gained), this is the type of course where he will contend. With an average finishe of fourth in this tournament from his previous two starts here, Rahm will be looking to bounce straight back having had the weekend off from a major.

THE OUTSIDERS

Danny Lee

The New Zealander saw himself in contention after an opening round of 64 at last week’s PGA Championship only to slip away as the week progressed to finish in a tie for 3th. Nevertheless, that score around Bethpage Black will have given him huge confidence. Additionally, Lee has excellent form in this tournament having finished inside the top 25 during his past four starts here, averaging 13th place. Ranked 108th in SG: total suggests his overall game isn’t where it needs to be to win, however a T7 at the Texas Open earlier in the season coupled with form around this layout proposes another strong finish is possible.

Kevin Na

The PGA stalwart heads to Colonial having finished in fourth place here last year with another top ten back in 2015. The American recorded just his second top ten of the season recently at the RBC Heritage – a demanding course that requires excellent shot-shaping – something that will stand him in good stead this week. Ranked 174th SG: off-the-tee suggests he will need to be stronger driving the ball this week if he is going to consistently have birdie opportunities as the rest of his game is in solid shape for him to record at least another top ten.

Brian Harman

The short hitting American heads to Texas with six missed cuts in his last seven starts and in dire need of some improved form. Nevertheless, a T24 finish at the Wells Fargo and T8 at the Players – both around tough courses – suggests Colonial may suit his game better. Form around this course proves that, having finished inside the top 25 from his last four starts here with an average finish of 14th. He must find some form with his approach-play (he currently ranks 204th) if he is to keep that run going, but season form around stronger layouts suggests he will.