Gaining Strokes – Charles Schwab Challenge

Justin Rose defends his title this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

A much tighter track awaits a smaller invitational field of players this week as the Tour stops in Fort Worth, Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge at the historic Colonial Country Club. The monster course at Bethpage Black is now in the rearview mirror as players will look to emphasize ball striking and approach game more so than brute strength this week. Stats like Strokes Gained: Ball Striking and Approach are the recipe this time around as players will need to be more concerned about which side of the fairways to be on than they are about how far their tee shots fly.

If you are interested in a more comprehensive background on the Charles Schwab Challenge (and especially the Colonial Country Club course itself), consider checking out my article titled Fore Please!, and thanks for giving this a read! Without further ado, here are my DFS plays for the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge.

$10K Range

Justin Rose ($11,400 DK, $12,200 FD)

The defending champion here, Justin Rose returns fresh off a lackluster performance at last week’s PGA Championship in which he finished T29th. Combine that with his missed cut at The Masters and you could see why some people are a little skeptical about rostering him this week. But around those major championships, Rose conjured up three straight Top 9 finishes and comes into this week ranking in the Top 10 in all three of my key stats (#3 in SG: Approach, #6 in SG: Tee To Green, and #7 in SG: Ball Striking.) Because I think there are some good values down low this week, rostering the best player in the field won’t cripple your lineups. I’ll confidently get back on the horse with Rose this week.

Xander Schauffele ($10,000 DK, $11,300 FD)

One of the coolest names in Golf often feels like one of the most forgotten elite players in the game, and this week feels like no exception. Once viewed as an inconsistent performer, Schauffele had made 17 of his last 18 cuts and posted nine Top 13 finishes in his last 16 starts. Over his last 24 rounds, Schauffele is striking the ball very well, ranking 8th in this field in SG: Tee To Green over that time span. As a GPP play, because he always seems to be under-owned, the upside is definitely there. Xander would be a nice contrarian start to any GPP lineup this week in my opinion.

$9K Range

Paul Casey ($9,300 DK, $10,900 FD)

Casey is my pick to win this week at Colonial. #1 in this field in SG: Tee To Green over the last 24 rounds, Casey has posted six Top 10s in his last 10 starts. His missed cuts (at The Masters and The Players Championship) seem to be outlier ball striking weeks as he also ranks #2 in this field in SG: Ball Striking. As the two-time defending champion at The Valspar Championship, a very similar course to Colonial, I like how this event sets up for Casey. He will probably be my highest owned player this week above $9K.

Bryson DeChambeau ($9,400 DK, $11,100 FD)

This will be the shortest write up of any player this week, but I think you are getting Bryson at a good spot ownership-wise this week. His recent form has been terrible, but he isn’t far removed from being one of the most dominant players in the world only a few short months ago. Hopefully missing the cut last week at the PGA Championship allowed him to reset a bit and help him find his game. As a strictly GPP play I think Bryson is worth a couple of shots in tournaments at Colonial.

$8K Range

Emiliano Grillo ($8,700 DK, $10,000 FD)

It certainly has been a disappointing season so far in 2019 for Grillo, who has not posted a finish better than T22 this season. With that said, his game appears to be rounding into form, especially his ball striking, as Grillo ranks #3 in this field over his last 24 rounds in that category. Despite the lack of high finishes, Grillo has remained a very consistent cut maker, only missing one cut so far in 2019 over his 10 starts. As a solid cash game option that seems to be on the rise, I think Grillo fits the bill here this week.

Joel Dahmen ($8,200 DK, $9,600 FD)

Since missing four straight cuts between the Waste Management Open and Arnold Palmer Invitational early in the season, Dahmen appears to have righted the ship. He has made 7 straight cuts, including four Top 20 finishes in that stretch. His ball striking (8th in this field) and approach game (10th in this field) have been on point lately. With this course fitting his game better than the monster track at Bethpage Black last week, I like Dahmen to stay consistent this time around at the CCC.

$7K Range

Corey Conners ($7,200 DK, $8,900 FD)

I have to admit that the stats shocked me a bit on Conners when I did my research for the Schwab Championship. #1 in this field in SG: Ball Striking and Approach and #3 in SG: Tee To Green certainly points toward Conners as being a player in form this week. His recent results don’t look great outside of his win at the Valero Texas Open about a month ago, but his iron game has been on point even in the events when he has missed the cut lately. If Conners can find the putter this week, I look for him to build off of last year’s T8th place finish and have another solid performance here.

Byeong Hun-An ($7,500 DK, $9,100 FD)

Making his first start at this event, An always comes out as a statistical darling, and this week is no exception. #2 in this field in SG: Tee To Green and #6 in SG: Ball Striking would make An another candidate to contend if he can find his putter. He had made eight straight cuts prior to two missed cuts and a WD in his last three events, but I’m not worried about his health heading into this one (why would he tee it up here if he weren’t healthy anyway?) I’m going to cross my fingers and roster him this week and hope that putter finds its way into his bag this week.

Russell Knox ($7,400 DK, $9,100 FD)

Shorter positional courses seem to scream Knox’s name as they are a perfect fit for his style of game. And three straight T24 finishes at this event would verify that he is comfortable on this track as well. Statistically, he comes in sharp, #5 in this field in SG: Approach and #9 in SG: Ball Striking entering this week. He had a string of 13 consecutive made cuts prior to missing two of his last three, but I’m going to bank on his familiarity with this course and his solid iron game as of late to carry him through this week.

$6K Range

The pickings, as always, are a little slim down in the peasant range this week, but there are a few names that I’m considering popping on a roster or two, and here they are:

K.H. Lee ($6,900 DK, $8,000 FD) grades out the best of anyone in this range (15th in SG: Tee To Green, 13th in SG: Ball Striking and 22nd in SG: Approach). 5 consecutive made cuts with a couple of T25 finishes makes him viable here.

Adam Schenk ($6,500 DK, $7,500 FD) has missed two cuts recently, but his last two finishes have both been T15s at Valero and Wells Fargo. His approach game has been good (15th in this field over the last 24 rounds), so I’ll take a stab at him here as well.

Talor Gooch ($6,700 DK, $8,000 FD) makes his first start on the PGA Tour since injuring himself after the Players Championship earlier this year. Before he got hurt he was absolutely striping the ball, proven out by his #2 ranking in SG: Approach over his last 24 rounds. He actually played a warm up event on the Tour last week and finished 13th, so I’m willing to take a shot on him returning to form here this week.

Shawn Stefani ($6,800 DK, $8,100 FD) might be the safest cut making option in this range as he has made 4 of his last 5 cuts and 7 of his last 9. #14 in this field in SG: Approach, Stefani comes in with three straight made cuts here, the best of those finished being a T19 in 2015. You could do a lot worse than finish a cash lineup with Stefani this week in my opinion.

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