Charles Schwab Challenge: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
Charles Schwab Challenge: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Xander Schauffele captured his first Major with a birdie on 18 at the PGA Championship on Sunday -- a fitting end to another thrilling tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.

Now, the PGA Tour returns to Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.

Here's all you need to know for PGA DFS on FanDuel for this week's event.

PGA Daily Fantasy

Charles Schwab Challenge Info

  • Recent Winning Scores: -8, -9, -14, -15, -13
  • Recent Cut Lines: +1, +1, +1, E, +2

Colonial Country Club Course Info

All course data from GCSAA unless otherwise noted.

  • Par: 70
  • Distance: 7,289 yards (around 174 yards longer than the average par 70)
  • Average Fairway Width: 27.6 yards (7th of 86 courses)
  • Average Green Size: 5,000 square feet (small)
  • Green Type: Bentgrass
  • Stimpmeter: 12-13

Colonial Country Club Key Stats

Charles Schwab Challenge DFS Top Plays

These picks stand out relative to their FanDuel daily fantasy golf salary. All stats cited below originate at datagolf and reference ranks relative to the field over the past 50 rounds unless otherwise noted. All betting odds come from the golf betting odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Charles Schwab Challenge Daily Fantasy Studs

Scottie Scheffler ($13,800 | +280)

Scottie Scheffler finished T8 at the PGA Championship last week, an event that will, almost certainly, go down as the most bizarre tournament of his career due to his arrest on Friday morning. A poor round on Saturday took him out of contention but by Sunday he was back to his usual form, carding a -6 -- tied for the fourth-lowest round of the day.

Scheffler's salary is head and shoulders above the rest of the field -- $1,900 more than Collin Morikawa in second -- but his play continues to justify that gap. Scheffler is first in the field in everyone strokes gained category this week except putting. His total strokes gained per round average (+3.29) is 1.62 strokes above Morikawa in second. He holds a large edge on the field in strokes gained: approach and strokes gained: around the greens, two key stats this week. Scheffler is 49th in the field in strokes gained: putting, but he has now gained strokes with the flat stick in six straight events.

Scheffler has never won here, but has finishes of second (2022) and T3 (2023) in his last two appearances. He has only finished outside the top 10 once in his 11 events this season.

Collin Morikawa ($11,900 | +1200)

The best argument against Scheffler this week is an argument for Morikawa, who has been in excellent form since his T3 finish at the 2024 Masters. Morikawa's putting let him down in a big way at the PGA Championship on Sunday. He lost -3.63 strokes, third-worst for the round and the sixth-worst performance of the event. Despite that, he finished T4 at a course that was not a great fit for his game.

Morikawa lacks distance off the tee, 77th in the field this week, but he has been producing results at courses that demand distance. The 2024 Masters (T3), the Wells Fargo Championship (T16), and the PGA Championship (T4) were all played at courses that reward distance off the tee. That changes this week at Colonial where accuracy has been more correlated with total strokes gained than distance every year since 2015.

Morikawa is 10th in the field in accuracy, 2nd in total strokes gained, 6th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 10th in strokes gained: around the green. Scheffler remains a significant favorite, but if you want to use the $1,900 salary to upgrade at other spots in your lineup, the combination of Morikawa's recent form and course fit is strong enough to do so.

Others to Consider:

  • Max Homa ($11,300 | +2000)
  • Si Woo Kim ($10,800 | +3500)
  • Brian Harman ($10,300 | +4000)
  • Tom Hoge ($10,100 | +5500)

Charles Schwab Challenge Daily Fantasy Mid-Range Plays

Harris English ($9,700 | +3500)

Harris English is tied for the 19th-highest salary this week. His win odds are tied for sixth-best, and he ranks seventh in the field in total strokes gained. His game is a good fit for Colonial. Off the tee, he is accurate (28th) without sacrificing too much distance (44th). He is third in the field in strokes gained: putting and 26th in strokes gained: around the green. He finished fourth in strokes gained: putting at the PGA Championship on his way to a T18 finish, and the greens this week will also be on bentgrass. He finished T12 here last year.

Akshay Bhatia ($9,500 | +6000)

Akshay Bhatia is ninth in the field this week in total strokes gained. His 38th in strokes gained: off the tee -- more accurate (39th) than long (64th) -- 35th in strokes gained: around the green, 24th in strokes gained: putting, and 16th in strokes gained: approach. He is coming off a missed cut at the PGA Championship where his putting (-2.19 strokes per round) offset exceptional approach play (+2.16 strokes per round). It was Bhatia's first event losing strokes with the putter since THE PLAYERS Championship in March. He has gained at least +1.78 strokes on approach in four of his last six events. Bhatia has the game to compete this week if he puts it all together.

Others to Consider:

  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($9,900 | +5000)
  • Aaron Rai ($9,600 | +6500)
  • Austin Eckroat ($9,100 | +6500)

Charles Schwab Challenge Daily Fantasy Value Plays

Andrew Putnam ($8,800 | +5500)

Andrew Putnam's win odds are tied for 17th, and he ranks 17th in the field in total strokes gained. Despite that, his salary is tied for 39th on the slate. The one hole in Putnam's game is his distance off the tee, where he ranks 125th in the field in driving distance. Outside of that, his game is very well-rounded. He ranks 12th in both driving accuracy and strokes gained putting, 20th in strokes gained: approach, 29th in strokes gained: around the green, and 36th in strokes gained: tee to green. He is first on the PGA Tour this season in greens in regulation from 125-150 yards (84.78%) where an above average number of approach shots come from at Colonial.

In six appearances at Colonial since 2018 he has two missed cuts, three top 20 finishes, including a T3 (2019), and one T29 (2023).

Mark Hubbard ($8,700 | +8000)

Mark Hubbard has made the cut in all 13 of his events this season and has only finished worse than T31 once in his last seven events. He gained strokes in every category at the PGA Championship last week on his way to a T26 finish -- a career-best major finish. His lack of distance (109th) won't hurt him as much this week. He is 25th in the field in driving accuracy and total strokes gained, 26th in strokes gained: putting and 34th in strokes gained: approach. He finished T9 at this event last season thanks to excellent approach play (+1.93 strokes per round).

Others to Consider:

  • Lee Hodges ($8,700 | +12000)
  • Ryo Hisatsune ($8,500 | +12000)
  • Robert Macintyre ($8,400 | +12000)

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