The Charles Schwab Challenge presents bettors with a unique wagering opportunity in the wake of the PGA Championship.
Betting on players coming off a big major tournament performance can be beneficial, so we’re looking at the likes of Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, and Mito Pereira to be right around the mark.
Golf odds are available where Scottie Scheffler is best-backed to avenge his poor performance at Southern Hills.
Big Willie Style
Will Zalatoris has yet to win on the PGA Tour but it’s only a matter of time before he breaks through.
The 25-year-old already owns five top 10 major championship finishes, including a second-place finish at The Masters and the 2022 PGA Championship last week.
He is getting close to scoring a notable win and he was gracious in defeat after losing to Thomas in a playoff.
“Hey, I’ll play those holes at one under any day of the week and J.T. happened to play in two,” Zalatoris told Golf Digest. “I hit a great putt on 17. We just under-read it. Like I said, hats off to JT. He’s been due for a while to get another win, let alone a major. So, excited for him.”
The sportsbook has Zalatoris at +2000, which is a better value than we thought would be offered. He represents a +1600 chance, so bettors can lock in the value and continue to back him until he wins, in the same vein as Scheffler at the start of the year.
Pereira To Avenge Demons
It was tough to watch at the PGA Championship as Pereira choked his lead away on the final hole, but he could rebound in fine style.
He battled through tough conditions for the most part and that bodes well for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.
If he can rebound mentally, the Chilean should be near the top of the leaderboard and bettors get odds worth snapping up.
“I thought I was nervous the first day,” Pereira said. “Then I thought I was nervous the second day. Then I thought I was nervous on the third day, but the fourth day was terrible. I mean, this morning was tough.”
Pereira is +5000 to win the Charles Schwab Challenge and we thought he would be shorter following his near heroics at the PGA. He could firm throughout the week and he’s another player with plenty of upside.
Scheffler’s Expectations Have Changed
We have noticed a change in body language since expectations have grown for Scottie Scheffler.
He has become more frustrated and that was the primary reason for missing the cut last week. The Texan never used to let anything get to him but being the best player in the world comes with new pressures.
“Definitely frustrating,” Scheffler said. “I’m disappointed, too. It’s never fun missing cuts; I wanted to play the weekend. I tried to grind it out as hard as I could, and I just didn’t have it this week.”
Despite playing poorly at Southern Hills, Scheffler is the current +1100 favorite with golf betting markets. He would have been around +800 had he made the cut, but he’s had a few days off to rest the body.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see his odds firm considerably closer to tee time. Most of the money has come for Thomas following his PGA win, but Scheffler still has a lot of support and it could be justified.
Stick with Tringale
We made a point earlier in the year to keep backing Cameron Tringale until he wins and we’re not going away from that.
The 34-year-old is long overdue for a win, but he made the cut last week and he hasn’t been too far away from breaking through.
He recorded a T12 finish at the RBC Heritage and he hasn’t missed a cut since The Players Championship, so he’s consistent and talented enough to emerge from the field victorious.
His best finish of the season came at the Farmers Insurance Open when finishing T3 behind Luke List and Will Zalatoris, with the latter recording yet another second-place finish.
If Tringale brings that form to the table, he has a chance to win at +8000.