Fans of top-level golf will be thrilled to know that the PGA Tour will resume this coming weekend with the Charles Schwab Challenge event at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. A much stronger than usual field will be in attendance attempting to win a share of the $7.5 million prize pool.

In fact, all of the top three ranked golfers in the world at the moment, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and. Brooks Koepka will be in attendance and will even be competing together after the tournament organisers decided to put the trio together in one group. Tiger Woods will miss the event though but other top US-based stars including Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson are expected to play.

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With such a stellar field of players heading back out onto the fairway for the first time in months, this weekend’s Charles Schwab Challenge promises to be one of the standout events of the 2020 PGA Tour season. To enjoy a bet on the game, why not sign up with the latest bet365 New Player Offer which gets you a cracking deal when joining, as well as affording you access to Live Streaming (with a credit balance account, or for 24 hours after placing a bet) as well as In Play betting across a mammoth range of sports.

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Before we bring you our tips on the event, let’s learn a little more about the tournament itself, the course it will be contested on and who will be competing at the event which will be taking place in front of no spectators in what will be a rarity on the PGA tour.

Charles Schwab Challenge – A History of the Tournament

Although renamed the Charles Schwab Challenge through a sponsorship arrangement, the tournament has been known as the Colonial National Invitational for many years and was first held in Texas back in 1946. It is one of five invitational tournaments on the PGA roster each year and usually attracts 120 invited players, although for 2020, the field has been expanded to 144.

The current Champion is American golfer Kevin Na who won with a score of -14 last season to beat Tony Finau by four strokes. The golfer with the lowest score at the course is Zach Johnson, who recorded a score of -21 when winning the tournament for the first time in 2010.

Ben Hogan is the most successful player in the tournament history, landing five wins in total. A number of players have landed two wins including Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Corey Pavin, Kenny Perry, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson. Tiger Woods has never won the event.

American players have dominated the tournament over recent years winning 11 of the last 13 events. The only players to break that dominance being Australian Adam Scott (in 2014) and England’s Justin Rose (in 2018).

The Colonial Country Club Course Preview

Founded in 1936, the Colonial Country Club has hosted this event since 1946 but has also been the host of the 1941 US Open Championship, as well as the PGA Tournament Players Championship in 1975 and the 1991 US Women’s Open.

The course is a par 70 course that plays around 7,209 yards in total. The course record is 61 and is held by a number of players including Kevin Na and Chad Campbell.

The most famous stretch of the course are the third, fourth and fifth holes, which are nicknamed the “Horrible Horseshoe” of holes, which ends with a 481-yard par four which is regularly ranked one of the toughest holes on the PGA Tour each year.

Who is competing at the Charles Schwab Challenge 2020?

One of the most exciting things about this years tournament is that to celebrate the return of golf, the tournament organisers have given fans on TV a chance to view some stellar pairings over what are normally the quieter first two days of the tournament.

This means that the top three ranked players in the world, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm will be together in one group, while in another a trio of American prospects, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas will be playing alongside each other.

A third top grouping sees 2018 champion Justin Rose teamed up with former world number 1 Dustin Johnson and the controversial Bryson DeChambeau and in another two winners of this event, Phil Mickelson and Kevin Na will be playing alongside the current US Open Champion Gary Woodland.

However, the field is further bolstered by a potentially high number of other top stars including European aces like Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Matt Fitzpatrick, Victor Hovland, Shan Lowry and Ian Poulter. U.S stars like Bubba Watson, Tony Finay, Webb Simpson, Xander Schauffele and Matt Kuchar are also competing as are Jason Day, SungJae Im, Marc Leishman and Louis Oostihuizen.

Who do we pick as the golfers to back for this huge PGA Tour event?

One thing is certain and that is with golfer’s form not really available in any meaningful context, it is incredibly difficult to pick a winner in the tournament.  Instead I am going to throw out some names that I feel have a good chance at perhaps earning a pay out if you back them each way (which with bet365 means that they must finish in the top six or equal in the tournament to earn a payout).

My top pick for this event, although I would still only back them each way is Jon Rahm (12/1). The Spaniard has been in great form for a good while now and has form in this event, finishing second to Kevin Kisner in 2017. He has the game to do well here if he can hit the ground running.

I also feel experience of winning on this course and of competing in the final grouping on the last day can be crucial and although his form has deserted him a little in the past 12 months or so, Jordan Spieth (45/1) is an intriguing prospect. A winner here in 2016, he has also been runner up in 2015 and 2017.

Lastly, given how Americans have dominated the event and how touch and feel could be key in this event with no real form to go on, Phil Mickelson at 125/1 is a great outside bet. A two-time winner of the event and hugely popular in Texas, although he can blow hot and cold, on his day he is still a real threat at this level.