Sobel’s Saturday Charles Schwab Matchup Bets: Blixt’s Lead Won’t Last

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  • Jason Sobel gives his top picks for Round 3 of the Charles Schwab International on Saturday.

It’s been a wild week so far at the improbably unpredictable Charles Schwab Challenge. Don’t expect it to change this weekend, as there stands to be plenty of leaderboard-shifting for the final 36 holes.

Let’s explore the final three tee times of the day for some third-round matchups.

Kevin Na (-0.5) over Jonas Blixt (-115)

For a guy who hasn’t finished better than 15th this year, Blixt’s lead at the midway point is pretty impressive.

And for a guy whose rep is that of being crooked off the tee, leading at tight Colonial is even more impressive.

But that’s also the reason it won’t last; expect Na to come through in this one.

Rory Sabbatini over Tony Finau (+115)

Quick: Who’s been the better player lately? If you said Finau, you’ve clearly only paid attention to the majors — or not at all. Finau’s T-5 finish at the Masters was his only one better than 40th in his last five starts; Sabbo, on the other hand, has claimed three straight results of 18th or better.

This trend won’t continue long-term, but at plus-money, I like it to continue on Saturday.

Jim Furyk (-0.5) over Nick Watney (-110)

There aren’t many courses where the uncommonly short-hitting Furyk can still contend, but this is certainly one of them.

Grit and guile go a long way at Colonial, and it’s easy to see him grinding his way to the top of the leaderboard.