Like the rest of the sports world, the PGA has been in a holding pattern since the early part of March. We have seen tournaments cancelled, while others have been pushed off to a later date. There is still some juggling to do on the calendar, but the PGA will be back next weekend, with the Charles Schwab Challenge set to go at the Colonial course in Fort Worth, Texas. You can tell that the players are excited to be back in action, as the field for this one is absolutely amazing. Each of the top 5 ranked golfers in the world will be taking part, but we also have 17 of the top 20 golfers in the current FedEx Cup standings set to tee off on June 11-14. Let’s take a look at the top 5 players in the world, as they are sure to be among the favorites so you place your bets against their PGA odds.
PGA Charles Schwab Challenge
This will be the first time that we see the #1 ranked player in the world play on the Colonial course, so it’s tough to say whether or not that will be a problem. The top players should be able to adapt to anything that they face. McIlroy was on an absolute tear at the start of the season, winning once and finishing in the top 5 in each of his 6 starts. That run was good enough to put him at #3 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Over the past couple of seasons, there have been few golfers on the PGA Tour as consistent as Jon Rahm. The only major knock on the Spaniard is that he had all too often played the role of the bridesmaid, with tour wins seemingly tough to come by. That said, he is always near the top of the leaderboard on the final day of every tournament that he appears in and you get the sense that a real breakthrough is coming.
While most players were probably disappointed to see the shutdown occur, Koepka may actually have welcomed it. He was off to a brutal start to the 2020 season, either missing cuts or failing to make any type of impact. It will certainly be interesting to see if the time off allowed him to get his head straight and sort out any injuries that might have been bothering him. Koepka can never be counted out, so he might be worth a look.
Unlike Koepka, Thomas will have been disappointed to see the lockdown hit, as he was on fire in the early going. Before the stoppage in play, Thomas had already picked up a couple of wins, and while there were also a couple of missed cuts in there, he was mostly landing at the or near the top of the board when he made it into the weekend. It should be noted that this will be his first time playing competitive golf at Colonial.
You could certainly make an argument that Johnson’s dominant run in the PGA is over, as he had not come close to matching the 4 wins that he had on the tour in 2017. He has dropped out of the #1 spot now, but he is also still in the top 5 in the world rankings, so we should perhaps not be quite so quick to dismiss him from contention next weekend.