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Colonial matchups: Riley's secret weapon

by Josh Culp
Updated On: May 24, 2023, 1:56 pm ET

The PGA TOUR heads back to Texas for the final Lone Star event of the season. 

It's the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club. 

The host venue is a classical design that rewards patience and precision. With a unique test, I do want to lean a bit more on course history and course fit. 

With that in mind, I've taken a look at the betting board and here are a few matchups that catch my eye. 


Davis Riley over J.J. Spaun  - Round 1 Matchup (+100)

Riley looked like the next breakout star last season when he rattled off five straight top 15s. That included a T4 finish at Colonial Country Club. 

He's slowed his pace quite a bit since then but did pop with a team win at the Zurich Classic, playing alongside Nick Hardy

Also working in Riley's favor this time around, he has a secret weapon by his side now with James Edmondson as his caddie who happens to be a member at Colonial Country Club. It will be nice to have that local knowledge when playing this week. 

On the other side, Spaun WD-MC-WD on his Colonial resume and arrives with six missed cuts in his last 10 starts. 

I'll take the plus-money in this matchup and side with Riley. 

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Max Homa over Collin Morikawa - Tournament Matchup (+115)

These are two of the top dogs in the field this week. I wouldn't expect either to miss the cut. I would expect this line to be close to even money, though. 

They've played in 25 events together since the start of last season and Homa has the edge (14-10-1). The line should be flipped based on that view. 

Does one have a distinct advantage at the course? Morikawa does have a better resume of results (2nd-14th-40th) but Homa did twirl a T23 last year and most of his appearances here were before he elevated his game to be a top-tier player. Homa also calls this one of his favorite courses on the tour rotation. 

So, as I said above, I'm not expecting a flop from Morikawa but I do think this price should be closer to even, so I will take the value with Homa. 

Josh Culp

Josh Culp joined NBC Sports Edge in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.