GOLF IS BACK! And no, when we say that, we don’t mean exhibition charity matches, we mean the real deal. The 2020 PGA Tour officially resumes this weekend as we head to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the annual Charles Schwab Challenge.
The Charles Schwab Challenge will certainly see the best field of it’s history compete this weekend as the best players in the world are all clamouring to get back out on the course after almost two months since THE PLAYERS was abruptly cancelled.
As usual, we have a full preview and betting picks for the Charles Schwab Challenge below.
Charles Schwab Challenge Betting Picks
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th June, Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS).
PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m. (featured groups), Saturday-Sunday 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. (featured groups). Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (featured holes).
Radio: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).
The Charles Schwab Challenge it he longest running PGA Tour event to be held on the same course. This will mark the 75th year that the event has been held at the Colonial Country Club, and this year will arguably be the strongest field the tournament has ever seen with the best players in the world all returning to action.
As expected, the field for the first tournament boasts a large list of top tier talent. Of the top 10 ranked players in the world, seven will be competing this weekend, with only Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Tommy Fleetwood slated to miss the event.
Another notable absentee is Tiger Woods, who will miss the event just one week after competing in ‘The Match: Champions for Charity’ alongside Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods.
Defending Champion Kevin Na will be back, looking for his second plaid jacket while other previous winners who will be back this year include Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Jordan Spieth.
See some of the top names in the betting markets below.
The Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, has been the host of the event for the past 74 years and serves as the longest running single venue event in the PGA Tour. The course was designed by John Bredemus and Perry Maxwell back in 1936. The course hosted the 1941 U.S. Open, which was won by Craig Wood and has since hosted a Players Championship and a Women’s U.S. Open alongside the yearly PGA Tour event.
The course is a pretty standard Par 70 that plays at just over 7,200 yards. The toughest stretch of the course runs from holes 3-5, commonly known as the ‘Horrible Horseshoe’.
The greens and putting in general isn’t particularly tough at Colonial, the real test comes from tee to green. The course has tight, tree lined fairways and small green complexes that are both raised and lowered. Water is also in play on six holes.
Key Statistics to target at Colonial Country Club:
- Shots gained: tee to green
- Shots gained: off the tee
- Driving accuracy
- GIR percentage
How can you look past the No.1 ranked player in the world at the moment? While we think that this time off will affect some of the 30+ year old players in a negative way, Rory is an exception to that rule. We expect the Northern Irishman to pick up right where he left off before the season was postponed.
Rory is already racking up a season for the ages and he has only played in six official events so far. Through six events, McIlroy has accumulated one win and five more top 5 finishes.
- ZOZO Championship – T3
- WGC HSBC Champions – WON
- Farmers Insurance Open – T3
- The Genesis Invitational – T5
- Arnold Palmer Invitational – T5
Rory has been grinding in the time off both in the gym and on the course. He was in solid form at the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event, carrying a struggling Dustin Johnson to a win over Matt Wolff and Rickie Fowler.
Rory ranks highly in all of the key categories this weekend, coming in at 6th in shots gained off the tee, 3rd in shots gained on approach and 2nd in shots gained from tee to green.
The break came at the wrong time for the No.4 player in the world in justin Thomas. The 27-year-old was just starting to hit his strides after returning from an injury that kept him out of some of the 2019 season. He won the CJ Cup late last year and went on to perform fantastically in the Presidents Cup before winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January.
Thomas finished T3 in the Phoenix Open and T6 in the WGC Mexico Championship before the season was postponned. He currently sits atop the FedEx Cup standings as one of just two players with two wins this season.
Charles Schwab Challenge Betting Picks
|Charles Schwab Challenge Betting Picks||Odds||Sportsbook|
|RORY MCILROY TO WIN||+800||BetRivers|
|RORY MCILROY TOP 10||+110||BetRivers|
|JUSTIN THOMAS TO WIN||+1400||BetRivers|
|JUSTIN THOMAS TOP 20||+100||BetRivers|
|XANDER SCHAUFFELE TOP 20||+138||BetRivers|
|SUNGJAE IM TOP 20||+175||BetRivers|
|BROOKS KOEPKA MISS CUT||+210||DraftKings|
|DUSTIN JOHNSON MISS CUT||+210||DraftKings|