Charles Schwab Challenge Updated Final Round Odds: Xander Schauffele Favored Heading into Round 4 at Colonial
Ron Jenkins, Getty Images. Pictured: Xander Schauffele
Nobody knew what to expect going into the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge and for good reason. It had been nearly 100 days since the PGA TOUR paused the season after Round 1 of the PLAYERS Championship and it was anybody’s guess which players — if any — would be in form heading into Colonial.
Turns out nobody really missed a beat and we are in for one hell of a Sunday afternoon at Colonial.
Xander Schauffele will go to sleep atop both the leaderboard and the oddsboard on Saturday night after the 26-year-old posted a 66 to go to -13 for the tournament. Schauffele is the sole favorite at +340 ($10 wins $34) heading into Sunday’s final round at Colonial.
Schauffele has been remarkably consistent throughout the weekend and paces the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green (T2G) after three rounds. The 26-year-old from La Jolla, Calif. holds a one-stroke lead over five players, including the new second-favorite Justin Thomas, who sits at +500 on Saturday night.
Thomas is joined by Gary Woodland (+900), Collin Morikawa (+950), Branden Grace (+1400) and the suddenly-back-in-form Jordan Spieth (+700) at 12-under after 54 holes.
Spieth’s struggles over the past few years have been well documented and his resurgence at Colonial has become one of the stories of the weekend. The three-time Major champion posted back-to-back 65s to start the tournament but fell back to a earth a little bit with a 68 on Saturday. Spieth leads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, so buyer beware if you’re going to back the 26-year-old in Round 4.
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Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy (+900) and the other story of the tournament, Bryson “Bison” DeChambeau (+2000) will start Sunday at 10-under and three strokes off the lead. McIlroy tore the course apart on Friday but that performance was bookended by a 68 on Thursday and a 69 on Saturday.
DeChambeau’s power off the tee has been prodigious but like McIlroy he will need to go low on Sunday to get within talking distance of the leader. Is 20-1 a big enough price to entice you to back DeChambeau to catch fire on Sunday?
After leading the field through Rounds 1 and 2 Harold Varner III (+2700) shot an even 70 on Saturday but is still well within striking distance and if HV3 continues to strike the ball well (+2.18 Strokes Gained: T2G) he can certainly play his part as things wind down on Sunday.
If you’re looking to throw a few bucks on a longshot to add some entertainment value to your Sunday afternoon perhaps Abraham Ancer (+5000) and/or Corey Conners (+6500) could be of interest to you.
Both Ancer and Conners sit three strokes off the lead at 10-under so they’ll need to do something special in Round 4 but their ball-striking has been on point throughout the tournament. Ancer ranks fifth in Strokes:Gained T2G while Conners boasts the 10th-best mark in the field.
Check out the updated betting odds for the Charles Schwab Challenge below:
Note: Odds via FanDuel and current as of 10 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Charles Schwab Challenge Updated Odds