After three months away, the PGA Tour returns with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas. We provide a rundown of what to expect at the Colonial Country Club.
Who is playing?
148 player field, featuring seven of the world’s top 10.
What competition is it?
PGA Tour 2020 season
What day is does the Charles Schwab Challenge start?
Thursday 11th June 2020
Where is the Charles Schwab Challenged played?
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Where can I watch the Charles Schwab Challenge?
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sport Golf
Thoughts on the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge
The return of competitive professional golf is here after 90 days since the cancelling of The Players Championship in March. The Charles Schwab Challenge now becomes one of the most anticipated non-majors in years. Despite the absence of Tiger Woods, the field is stacked full of all the other big names in the sport. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose all feature. The Texas course is a friendly distance for accurate hitters with solid iron play and smooth operators on the small greens.
Rory McIlroy to continue hot-streak of form?
The world number one is in amazing form this season. One win and five T5 finishes in six events so far sees the Northern Irishman third in the FedexCup standings. His last competitive appearance came in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida. After a promising start, he recorded his third-consecutive 5th place finish. It is no surprise that McIlroy is the favourite to win the Charles Schwab Challenge this weekend and continue his excellent season.
Charity practice to help?
The 31-year-old helped raise money earlier last month for charity in the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match. Playing in a team with Dustin Johnson, the pair defeated Rickie Fowler and Matt Wolf with millions of dollars raised. The experience of playing an event with the social distancing measures could help these players ease in this tournament.
An unpredictable field with no form to follow
Form will go out the window for the field ahead of this weekend. No competitive golf for this amount of time will have some effect performance, whether positive or negative. For example, Brooks Koepka may come back stronger having got time away to recover from his injury. Another player who will look to get his game back is Dustin Johnson. The world number eight has struggled this season but now has a chance to turn his season around.
Outsider to secure a shock win?
Looking further down the field, many pros will look to take the advantage of no spectators being on the course. The pressures of playing in front of a crowd are eliminated, and therefore we could see some outsiders near the top of the leaderboard. A couple of names being touted to do well are former US Amateur champion and Texan Danny Lee and
Colonial Country Club
The Texas course was 1936 by Marvin Leonard
Hogan’s Alley (After Ben Hogan won the five of the earliest PGA events on the course)
7,209 yards (6,592m)
Holes 3, 4, and 5 are known at the Horrible Horseshoe. These holes have the Trinity River running alongside them, making it a very three-hole stretch for players.
- Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka
- Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas
- Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose
- Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland
|2019||Kevin Na (-13)||by four strokes|
|2018||Justin Rose (-20)||by three strokes|
|2017||Kevin Kisner||by one stroke|
|2016||Jordan Spieth||by three strokes|
|2015||Chris Kirk||by one stroke|
Sam’s Betting Tip
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