For the fifth and remaining time this season, the PGA Tour tees-up in Texas for this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge.
The match returns to Colonial Country Club which has staged greater than 70 Tour occasions throughout its wonderful historical past, a feat solely eclipsed by Augusta National.
However, it had been in peril of lacking out 12 months in the past due to Covid, which might have dropped at an finish a consecutive annual run that started in 1950.
But when the 2020 schedule was re-structured following three months of inactivity, the Charles Schwab Challenge turned the primary post-lockdown occasion in mid-June – just a few weeks later than initially deliberate.
Colonial is a parkland course which rewards straight driving, slightly than energy.
Opened in 1936, Colonial Country Club is a format which typifies the period through which it was constructed, with trademark small greens and slim fairways.
It is located round two and a half miles south-west of Fort Worth metropolis centre, near the Trinity River.
Colonial Country Club hosted the US Open of 1941, and joined the schedule full-time 5 years later.
There was no match in 1949 – as a result of the Trinity River flooded and broken the course – however from 1950 Colonial has staged a PGA Tour occasion yearly, together with the Players Championship through the mid-1970.
Many of the fairways at this low-lying parkland format have refined adjustments in route whereas water comes into play on simply six holes – a lot of it on the again 9.
Colonial is a wierd mixture of Bermuda grass fairways and Bentgrass greens. It’s regular for programs this far south to have placing surfaces sown with Bermuda, which is best fitted to dealing with the warmth of a typical Texas summer time.
It can also be the venue the place native resident and all-time nice, Ben Hogan, repeatedly performed golf.
In the summer time of 2008, Colonial’s bunkers, greens and tees got a big makeover, since when the common successful 72-hole complete has been 265.42.
Three of the world’s top-10 are in attendance, in addition to 11 of the main 25, with No 2-ranked Justin Thomas topping the invoice.
Thomas, nevertheless, missed the lower at Kiawah Island on Sunday and hasn’t posted a T10 since successful at Sawgrass in mid-March.
Among the course specialists is Texan Jordan Spieth who has solely completed exterior the top-15 as soon as in eight visits. Spieth is a former champion and two-time runner-up at Colonial.
The correct Abraham Ancer is at a career-high No 19 within the World Ranking because of a remarkably constant run of outcomes on the PGA Tour, albeit with out a victory.
He hits fairways and greens with relative ease and should not be at a drawback due to his lack of size off the tee.
Former Colonial champ Justin Rose secured his second main top-10 of 2021 on Sunday regardless of floating under the radar many of the yr.
Another ex-champion is Chris Kirk who, regardless of lacking a brace of latest cuts, may simply problem once more this week.
The 36-year-old from Georgia tied-seventh final month at Harbour Town, one other course the place accuracy is a stronger forex than energy.
Corey Connors and Brian Harman are different golfers who’ve the video games to prosper at Colonial and are in respectable type proper now.
Although Charley Hoffman is definitely no slouch off the tee, and will not appear to suit the invoice this week, the 44-year-old is enjoying among the most constant golf of his profession these previous few months.
He is presently ranked ninth within the class Strokes Gained: Approach The Green and is teeing-up at Colonial for a tenth straight yr.
Course Comparisons (1.1.16 – 31.12.20)
Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
56.52: Colonial (Charles Schwab) (25/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)
Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
65.84: Colonial (Charles Schwab) (18/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar Ch`ship) (29/29)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.752: Colonial (Charles Schwab) (14/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)
Key: Above stats are for all 29 programs which staged 4 or extra PGA Tour occasions between January 1st, 2016 and December thirty first, 2020. To qualify for a rating (between 1 & 29), tournaments will need to have a minimal of fifty gamers competing over the ultimate two rounds of the occasion. Averages don’t embody gamers who failed to finish at the least 54 holes.
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MC* – Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List Contains Leading Reserves