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Scheffler comes in off-tied second at the PGA Championship where he finished two back from winner Brooks Koepka. He also had to settle for the runners-up spot in this event last year when battling strong winds, he could only manage a closing 2-over 72. Remarkably, Scheffler hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in 11-strokeplay starts in 2023.
Spieth is the tournament’s all-time earnings leader after a win (2016) and three-second places (2015, 2017, and 2022). Oh, there are four other top 10s too. He had injury doubts hanging over him at Oak Hill last week but shook those off and shot lower each day to finish tied 29th.
Finau had a run in round two but was disappointed at the PGA, finishing way down in 72nd. There are obvious pluses though. He was a winner in Mexico three starts ago and has a perfect 7-for-7 slate here. That includes second place in 2019 and fourth last year. Finau also won the Houston Open on his penultimate start in the Lone Star State.
Not every golfer has the focus to perform at his best on either side of a Major.
But Jordan Spieth has shown a remarkable ability to hit the heights in tournaments where other elite players may be just a little distracted.
Spieth showed that when winning the RBC Heritage the week after the 2022 Masters and he did it again last month by taking runner-up there seven days on from a grueling 72 holes at Augusta National.
The three-time Major champion also won the 2017 Travelers Championship the week after a missed cut in the US Open and then of course we have his record in this event.
Spieth was runner-up here at Colonial in 2021 the week after he’d posted tied 30th at the PGA Championship so hopefully he can improve that finish by one having taken tied 29th at Oak Hill on Sunday.
Flick through that list of two-time winners at Colonial Country Club and the vast majority are Major champions while the most recent - Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson - have both won the Masters green jacket.
The omens look good for Spieth and the Texas golfer will be extra determined to add to his stunning record in this event having had to pull out of his other local tournament - the Byron Nelson - with injury.
That problem appears to have cleared up so back Spieth for the win at +1400 with BetMGM.
It’s not often that a match features such a discrepancy between the two players’ course form.
But that’s absolutely the case in bet365’s 72-hole showdown between Chris Kirk and Si Woo Kim.
Kirk won this event in 2015 and has pieced together six other top 15s, the latest coming 12 months ago.
Contrast that to Kim whose Colonial course form starting from 2016 reads: MC-MC-66-MC-MC-WD.
Kim’s current form deserves more respect and, despite an early exit in the PGA Championship, he’d finished runner-up at the Byron Nelson the week prior.
But Kirk holds the aces here. He’s made the top 30 in both 2023 Majors so far and that sets him up for another strong week at Colonial, a place he’s described as his “favorite course”.
Sepp Straka struck it beautifully at the PGA Championship and ranked 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach.
That helped the Austrian finish in a tie for seventh, his best result since a top-five at February’s Honda Classic.
Straka posted tied 22nd at the Texas Open last month so, on last week’s display, looks well worth a bet to make the top 20 here at +320 with bet365.
True, he’s missed the cut in both starts at Colonial but Straka opened with 66 in 2020 and 68 in 2021 so can clearly score on this track.
He also owns a couple of top fives in the Houston Open.
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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.
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