Charles Schwab Challenge Tips: Colonial the place for Spieth to find putting form

Charles Schwab Challenge Tips: Colonial the place for Spieth to find putting form

Niall Lyons' top tip for the Charles Schwab Challenge Jordan Spieth has taken the most single bets, multiple bets and total single stakes through oddschecker.

Tipped by Lyons at 14/1 on Tuesday, world number nine Spieth has since come in to a best price 12/1 after taking almost 12% (11.98) of the single bets through oddschecker. He also accounts for 17.94% of the total single stakes, some way clear of Kevin Na (45/1) with 9.88%.

“I've wrestled with the Spieth question this week and I think I just have to get involved at 14/1 given not much bigger was offered last week for the PGA Championship on a course that didn't suit anywhere close as to what Colonial does,” said Lyons. 

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“Spieth loves this place with a win and three further runner up finishes. His long game is in superb condition, of that there is no question and nor has there been for a while now.

“It is simply remarkable he has a win and two runner ups putting the way he has this year. That is a testament to just how good his long game is and I see no reason why that won't continue this week in Texas. Had he putted well last week he would have contended once again. He has topped the putting statistics here two of the last three years, and finished 4th in the other.

“Quite simply, he knows how to putt on these greens and if anywhere holds a chance of him finding the requisite form with the putter then it's here at Colonial where he has found it on numerous occasions. I shudder getting involved at this price with someone putting so consistently poorly, but this looks like the place where it turns and we see the putts finally drop.”

Meanwhile, Webb Simpson is the only other player with close to 10% backing from the oddschecker community (9.82), but his price has held at a general 33/1. In fact, he is now available at 40/1 with six place terms (33/1 with eight places and 25/1 with 10 places).

Lyons wrote: “Webb Simpson has been struggling all year to find anywhere near remotely his best but signs were positive last week at the PGA and he must be risked at a venue where he has a couple of top fives back in 2016 and 2017. 

“He played well through the bag last week with the most notable improvement being on approach with a new set of irons in the bag. He finished 33rd on approach, his best numbers of the year to date, and his best since the RSM last November when finishing 8th.

“At his peak, we'd see Simpson here going off close to half this price with the emphasis on a strong game in all departments and the lack of length needed around here. Throw in the experience tag and we have someone who would fit right in on the winners rota around here. With him waxing lyrical about the new irons, it's certainly worth chancing.”

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