The Charles Schwab Challenge (previously the Fort Worth Invitational) heads back to Fort Worth’s Colonial Country Club for a weekend of action. The tournament dates back to 1946 and is one of just 5 invitationals on the PGA Tour. It is known for both its tartan winner’s jacket and for encouraging up and coming golfers by inviting 2 otherwise ineligible players to compete at the tournament. These so-called Champion’s Choice picks, voted on by former winners, have included players like Tom Weiskopf, Mark O’Meara and Curtis Strange who have all gone on to have stellar careers. The tournament has many notable past winners including Phil Mickelson, Fuzzy Zoeller and Tom Watson, but the unrivaled king of the Charles Schwab Challenge is Ben Hogan with his haul of 5 titles. Hogan remains the only golfer to win the tournament back-to-back, something Justin Rose will be looking to replicate this weekend.
2018 Champion Justin Rose
Englishmen Justin Rose engaged in a shootout with Brooks Koepka last year in a display of some of the best golf of the year. Rose was a picture of consistency and never scored worse than 4 under par during the tournament. And while Koepka was in contention entering the final round, Rose produced a 6 under par to end with a comfortable 3 stroke win despite Koepka’s final round score of -7. With the win, Rose tied Nick Faldo for most PGA Tour wins by an English golfer with 9.
The field looks especially strong this year as Rose looks to defend his title. Francesco Molinari will look to become another European winner of the Charles Schwab Challenge, though this is his first time playing the Colonial. Jordan Spieth also looks to be a contender as he tees up this weekend. Zurich Classic winner Ryan Palmer, a member of Colonial Country Club, will look to finally win the tournament on his home course after several close calls. Xander Schauffele is another of the bookmaker’s favorites and is currently ranked 2nd in the FedEx Cup points. This year’s Champions’ Choice invitees are Tucker Wadkins, son of Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins and a professional on the Canadian Mackenzie Tour, and Dru Love, son of Hall of Famer Davis Love III who has played on several PGA Tour events this year.
The tournament will be televised Thursday-Sunday on the Golf Channel and CBS. Thursday and Friday coverage will be on the Golf Channel 4-7pm ET. Saturday and Sunday coverage begins on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS from 3-6pm ET. The tournament is also streaming on PGA Tour Live for featured groups and holes. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and online at PGATour.com.