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It’s Time to Grip’em and Rip’em!
The PGA Tour returns on June 11th with the Charles Schwab Challenge and it couldn’t come soon enough after being stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Charles Schwab Challenge is normally just another stop on the Tour, getting little recognition and fanfare, but this year is very different. The field will be stacked as the pros want to get back to doing what they do best and the first place they can do that is at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The 2020 CSC boasts an impressive field and below we see the odds provided by sportsbookreview on the top tier contestants in this year’s field:
- Rory McIlroy +700
- Jon Rahm +1100
- Justin Thomas +1400
- Bryson DeChambeau +2000
- Webb Simpson +2000
- Brooks Koepka +2500
- Dustin Johnson +2500
Of course, this is an abbreviated list and does not include all of the golfers currently slated to compete, although there are odds available on each and every competitor, and there could be a few big-name additions to the event as the registration closes on June 5th at 5:00 PM. After that, we will have a complete list of all the participants and will find out whether Tiger Woods will prowl the Colonial over the four days in Fort Worth.
Woods had planned on taking a sabbatical before the global pandemic halted professional sports, and life in general. Therefore, the shut-down happened at an auspicious time for Woods in particular, but after 98 days he returned to action for The Match: Champions for Charity at the Medalist with Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady in a big-money, made-for-TV charity event.
If we had any doubts that he had not fully healed they were dispelled during the widely viewed match as Tiger was dialed up and showed no signs of the recurring back injury that has plagued him in his later years. But as for his entry into the Charles Schwab Challenge, it’s more likely than not that he will sit this one out. He has only played the tournament once, back in 1997, when he tied for fourth place with Paul Goydos and three strokes off the pace of eventual winner David Frost.
The PGA Tour has expanded the number of entries this year for the CSC, up from 120 to 144 contestants. It will be interesting to see if any of the lesser lights can make a run as all of the golfers have plenty of rust on their irons and it could yield some very interesting results. Professional golfers are creatures of habit and the final results will reflect how well, or poorly, the top names in the business were able to overcome their unanticipated inactivity.
Charles Schwab Challenge TV Schedule
Course – Colonial Country Club
Par – 70
Length – 7,209 yards
Thursday, June 11
Round 1: NOON – 4 PM ET (Golf Channel) PGA TOUR Live Featured Groups
Round 1: 4 PM – 7 PM ET (Golf Channel)
Friday, June 12
Round 2: 4 PM – 7 PM ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday, June 13
Round 3: 1 PM – 3 PM ET (Golf Channel)
Round 3: 3 PM – 6 PM ET (CBS)
Sunday, June 14
Final Round: 1 PM – 3 PM ET (Golf Channel)
Final Round: 3 PM – 6 PM ET (CBS)
The scene will be a bit surreal with the medical precautions taken to ensure that golfers and staff are free of the novel coronavirus. No fans will be in attendance at the Charles Schwab Challenge and some even suggested the golfers should carry their own bags instead of sitting near anyone in the motorized cart.
However, that’s unlikely to happen but Brooks Koepka chuckled when thinking about some of his competitors lugging a 50-pound bag around for 18 holes, “I think it’d actually be a lot of fun to watch some of these guys attempt to carry their own bag,” he remarked on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I don’t know if some of them have ever picked up their bag in their life. Bubba (Watson) would be complaining how heavy the bag is the entire time. I love the guy, but there’s no way he makes it around 18 with that bag.”