The People’s Champion, Michael Block, had the best week of his life in Rochester, New York, at the PGA Championship. The 46-year-old shot rounds of 70-70-70-71 to finish in a tie for 15th, good enough for an automatic invitation to the 2024 PGA at Valhalla.
However, that won’t be the next time we see Block.
The PGA pro was invited to this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, moments after finishing his final round at Oak Hill. Block was also given a spot in the RBC Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf and Country Club slated for June 8-11.
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As for this week at Colonial, Block has better odds to finish inside the top 40 than Tour winner Kevin Kisner and European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald. Block sits at +275 to top 40, while Kisner and Donald are +280.
To win, however, Block is +50000. Meaning if you were to place a $100 wager on Block to claim the trophy come Sunday, you’d win $50,100 ($50,000 plus your original $100).
Not a bad payday.
Colonial should fit Block’s game well. It’s not about distance at the John Bredemus/Perry Maxwell design, it’s about plotting your way around.
And if he can putt as well as he did at Oak Hill — sixth in SG: Putting (+1,545) — he should have a chance come Friday afternoon to make the weekend.
Plus, a top-40 bet on Block feels like the right thing to do after what he gave the golf world last week.
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