Charles Schwab Challenge History and Past Winners
The PGA is headed back to Texas for this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge. We’re in Fort Worth for a tournament that ended in a playoff last season and always provides great golf. Before teeing off form Colonial Country Club, let’s review some Charles Schwab Challenge History and past winners.
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Charles Schwab Challenge History
Fort Worth, Texas has long history in the golf community and this season marks the 75th anniversary of the Colonial Country Club. Opened way back in 1936, the course quickly became popular and was chosen to host the 1941 U.S. Open. This sparked interest in an annual event beginning in 1942. But the attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, caused all future plans to halt until the end of the war.
Four and half years later in May of 1946, the first ever Colonial National Invitation Tournament was held. The tournament became an annual fixture on the PGA schedule. Being played every year, except for 1949 because of flooding, and 1975 because the course hosted the Players Championship until now.
Amazingly, the name of the event remained the Colonial National Invitation for over 40 years. It wasn’t until the 1989 season that it garnered a major sponsor and was renamed the Southwestern Bell Colonial. It reverted back to the Colonial National Invitation for the 1995 event, and would change multiple times before becoming the Charles Schwab Challenge in 2019.
Where is the Charles Schwab Challenge Played?
As has been the case since it’s inception, the Charles Schwab Challenge is played in Fort Worth, Texas at the Colonial Country Club.
When is the tournament played?
This year’s event will tee-off on Thursday May 25th and run through Sunday, May 28th.
Charles Schwab Challenge Past Winners
Fittingly, the first ever winner of this event was hometown hero Ben Hogan. He shot an incredible 65 during the final round to overtake Sam Snead and claim the first of his tournament record five wins.
There are 12 golfers who have won this tournament multiple times but Hogan is the only one that has more than two victories. With Chris Kirk (2015-2016) and Ben (‘46-’47, ‘52-’53) as the only players to win back to back years.
Winning scores have ballooned since the tournament’s launch in 1946. As 18 of the last 20 winners scored -10 or better while just three golfers did this from 1946 to 1986. We’ve also seen some close battles of late with two of the last three tournaments being decided via a playoff. Check out the last 20 winners with their tournament score and margin of victory below.
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|2016||Chris Kirk (2)||-12||3|
|2012||Zach Johnson (2)||−12||1|
|2008||Phil Mickelson (2)||−14||1|
|2005||Kenny Perry (2)||−19||7|
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