The PGA Tour is the latest professional sports league to try and resume their 2020 season in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. They’ll get back underway at the Charles Schwab Challenge, which will take place at venerable Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The Charles Schwab Challenge also tees it up with a fantastic field with 16 of the top 20 in Fort Worth for this event, so there will be no shortage of firepower. It’ll be interesting to see how the players look after this break. Rust might not be as much of a factor as you think as most of these players live in Florida or Texas, so they’ve been able to get out and swing the club. Kevin Na is the defending champion, winning in 2019 by four shots over Tony Finau.
- Thursday and Friday: Golf Channel 12-7 PM ET
- Saturday and Sunday: Golf Channel 1-3 PM ET, NBC 3-7 PM ET
Before we look at five golfers worth laying a wager on, you can watch the event on The Golf Channel from noon to 7 PM ET on Thursday and Friday; the first four hours will be a look at the featured groups. On Saturday and Sunday, The Golf Channel coverage begins at 1 PM ET, and NBC picks it up at 3 PM ET.
Jon Rahm (+1200)
Rahm is rated second in the world behind Rory McIlroy (the top three players in the world are paired together in McIlroy, Rahm and Brooks Koepka). Rahm was lights out before the break, finishing in the top 20 in all five starts in 2020, including a pair of top-three finishes. He also likes Colonial, finishing T2-T5 in his first two starts here in 2017 and 2018. Rahm missed the cut here last year, then fired off nine finishes of T-13 or better, including seven top-five results.
Jordan Spieth (+2800)
There are few current players better that Colonial than Spieth, who won here in 2016 and also has two T-2 finishes in this tournament. Spieth has plummeted out of the top 50 in the world rankings, but this tournament could be the spark he needs after this layoff. In 2020, Spieth has one missed cut, one top-10 and three finishes between T-55 and T60. But he hails from Dallas and will be inspired to make a run this weekend.
Patrick Reed (+2800)
Reed is always an attraction whenever he tees it up, and before the layoff, he won the World Golf Championship event in Mexico before finishing T-15 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Reed hasn’t played here since 2016, when he finished T-15, but he hails from Texas and the word is that Reed tried to get in better shape during the forced break, and it’ll be interesting to see how that helps him, especially in this compressed golf season.
Matt Kuchar (+4000)
Kuchar hasn’t played here since a T-32 in 2018. However, Colonial is a course that places a premium on accuracy over power, and Kuchar is 13th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy. He is also a fantastic putter, ranking 20th in total putting and 33rd in putting average. If “Kooch” can get the flatstick working this week, he should be a factor on Sunday.
Ryan Palmer (+15000)
This is a great sports betting price for Palmer, who hails from Amarillo, Texas, but he is a member at Colonial. Therefore, he knows how the course looks currently. What might be more important, however, is that Palmer knows how the course feel when there are no spectators or sponsorship tents, which many pro golfers are used to seeing every week. However, Palmer knows what it looks like without the amenities, so this week’s return should be easier on him. Palmer had four finishes in the top 21 in six 2020 starts, and he could provide a lot of real money bang for your buck this weekend at Colonia.