PGA betting: Two top-20 wagers for the Charles Schwab Challenge

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ROCHESTER, NEW YORK - MAY 19: Rickie Fowler of The United States plays his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on May 19, 2023 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler plays his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on May 19, 2023, in Rochester, New York. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The PGA is headed to Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth. A par 70, accuracy holds significance as the fairways are narrow with the course featuring Bentgrass greens.

Here are two players to bet in the top-20 market.

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Rickie Fowler

Top 20: +125

Top 10: +280

Top 5: +600

To win: +2800

Fowler missed the cut on the number in last week’s PGA Championship. However, there’s some promising data to suggest he could bounce back. For one, Fowler had his best driving performance, gaining over three strokes off the tee, good for fourth best in the field. It was his first tournament gaining as many strokes since The CJ Cup in October. The problem area was putting, with Fowler losing over 2.5 strokes — eighth worst in the field — in his worst putting performance in his last 11 tournaments. Putting is the most volatile part of a golfer’s game. But look at the big picture: In the last 32 rounds, Fowler is the fifth-best player in the field from tee to green.

Tommy Fleetwood

Top 20: +130

Top 10: +280

Top 5: +600

To win: +2800

Fleetwood is having a great sequence of tournaments with three straight top-20 finishes, including T18 in the PGA Championship. Fleetwood has gained strokes in every category in all three of those events. Fleetwood improved in the first three rounds at Oak Hill, scoring 72, 71 and 68 before closing with a 71. In his post-round interview, he mentioned making par saves instead of giving himself more birdie opportunities. On a difficult course in really tough conditions in a strong field, to still come out in the green in every aspect of your game, that’s strong. Fleetwood could be peaking.