2020 Charles Schwab Challenge Preview

THE PGA TOUR IS BACK!

After a 91-day (I dare you to fact-check me) hiatus, the 2019-20 PGA Tour season is resuming this week with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Golf Course is Fort Worth, Texas.

HOW TO WATCH

Thursday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 7:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 1:00 – 2:30 PM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 4:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)

Friday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 7:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 7:45 – 9:00 AM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 4:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)

Saturday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 6:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 7:45 – 9:15 AM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM (EDT)

Sunday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 6:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 7:45 – 9:15 AM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM (EDT)

WHAT’S NEW

CBS/Golf Channel are rolling out some new features to increase the viewing experience without fans at Colonial.

For all four days Jim Nantz will anchor coverage from the 18th Tower by himself instead of five or six people and analyst Nick Faldo at his side. Nantz will be joined on site by on-course reporters Dottie Pepper and Mark Immelman. Lead Analyst Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch, and Frank Nobilo will offer analysis remotely from the GOLF Channel in Orlando and Amanda Balionis will contribute reports from her home.

One new feature is called “Inside the Ropes.” A small tent will be located after one of the holes on the course with a camera. Players can enter the tent, pick up a card with a question, and then answer the question via an unmanned camera that will be set up so that players can simply start talking. So the PGA Tour is taking a note from Jersey Shore & Real World with the On-Course Confessional.

Players are also volunteering to be miced up for the tournament. Word on the street is Rickie Fowler and Graeme McDowell are two of the guys that are going to be wearing mics. There will also be celebrity commentators during the rounds live on Twitter.

THE FIELD

In a word it is STACKED. Eighteen of the top-25 players in the OWGR (All of the top-5!) are in the field. Check out Daniel Rapaport’s tweet below. Just reading it makes my pants get tighter.

With a loaded field we are blessed with some unreal featured groups. Thursday morning on PGA Tour Live we’ll have DJ, Justin Rose and Bryson as well as defending champ Kevin Na, Phil and Gary Woodland.

Shout out Gary Woodland. Last year at the Northern Trust I had a few cold ones and came across Woodland walking from his tee shot. I did not see his tee shot but I decided to yell “Great ball, Gary!” and he proceeded to give me the dirtiest look in the world before dropping 285 yards from the hole on a par-4. We’ll always have Jersey City, Gar.

Obviously another big group are the top-three players in the world and all go by one name! Rory. Rahm. Brooks. That’s an awesome group. I don’t know what to else. They are all specimen.

THE COURSE

Colonial Golf Course is a track with plenty of history. Some former winners are Speith, Rose, Kevin Kisner, Phil (twice), Sergio, Tom Watson, Nick Price, Ben Crenshaw (twice), Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan (5 times!).

WHO DO WE HAVE PUTTING ON THE PLAID JACKET ON SUNDAY EVENING

Steve
I will pick Rory McIlroy most times when we do these. Just a fair warning. I fan girl that little Ulsterman like it’s no one’s business. He is also the midst of six straight top-10 finishes.

Chuck
I hate to say this because his dumbass hat drives me insane, but I’m going to have to go with Bryson Dechambeau. He’s already had three top-five finishes in 2020 and one other top-10. He’s looked really strong, but we will have to see if the 91 days had an effect on that.

Chris
I want to say Jordan Spieth, I really do. But that mental case has been stewing on a #56 world ranking for 91 days, so I’m going to pivot to another one of the Spring Break Boys. In the brief 2020 season that halted three months ago, Justin Thomas already has six top-10’s and two wins. I’m thinking he’s carried that momentum during the break and playing with his buddies Thursday & Friday will give him the advantage. JT puts on the plaid jacket Sunday.

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