The PGA will return to play after nearly three months of suspension due to the coronavirus. The Charles Schwab Challenge will be held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
This is going to be nearly equivalent to betting on the first tournament of the year. Bettors haven’t seen these golfers play in months, nor have these athletes experienced the same amount of competitive golf as they usually do.
This could result in some different finishes or possibly more of the same. This tournament will be played without Tiger Woods, but almost every other big name in golf with be participating.
Don’t let Tiger not being in the conversation take away the fact that this tournament is loaded with talent.
Kyle Porter of CBS says, “The bottom line here is that this field is absolutely loaded. Like, ‘this feels like a major championship week’ loaded. It comes at a great time, too. Not only has it been too long since we’ve had professional golf, but Colonial is a course that can stand up to this field.”
The Irishman will be the odds-on favorite to win the first tournament back. At +700, he is the only golfer with single-digit odds.
He will be part of a supergroup on Thursday and Friday. McIlroy will be playing alongside Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka.
One of McIlroy’s playing partners will be the second on the board at +1200. This group has the potential to light it up before the weekend.
It wouldn’t surprise many to see two of these three in a group together on the weekend.
Other Key Groups
- Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler
- Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland, Kevin Na
- Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose
These groups don’t represent everyone with a shot to win this weekend, but it does include most of the people on top of the odds. Just behind McIlroy and Rahm will be Justin Thomas (+1600), followed by Bryson Dechambeau (+1800).
It should be a great weekend for golf and the sports world to have the PGA back in action. With that being said, I believe one of the veteran favorites will come out on top.
McIlroy has sure missed competing these last couple of months and needs to make up for lost time. I have the odds looking about right, with the Northern Irish betting favorite to come out on top.