The PGA rolls into Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Marked at 7,209 yards, the course offers plenty of short play ability for those who can dog leg to shorten the hole. That said, I’m looking for driving accuracy and success with putting bentgrass greens.
Here’s a full tournament head-to-head matchup to bet on. He is 11-4-2 overall.
Denny McCarthy -120 vs Andrew Putnam
McCarthy has been one of the best pitchers on tour over the past few seasons. This year, he is tied for fifth in strokes gained on bentgrass and tied for ninth. Putnam is also one of the better putters, ranked 31st in the region. If both have the same power, then what is the difference between the two?
Consistency, which leads to stronger results. Since his last missed cut in February, McCarthy has had six top-30 finishes in his last seven tournaments he has played, getting strokes or neutral in ball striking in all six. McCarthy is coming off a better iron performance, getting four strokes on the approach – her best since the Valspar Championships in March. Combine this with his putting, where he gained 13 strokes in his last two events, and McCarthy should have another top-30 performance.
Meanwhile, Poonam, whose strength usually lies in the short game, has been struggling in that area of late. has been reformed from his fetters. After missing strokes on the approach in the first three months, he has gained in the last two months. As a result of the shifted focus, his short game has decreased. He has missed strokes in four straight, three with the putter. I’m rooting for a more consistent player in the form of McCarthy.