2020 Workday Charity Open Preview

The PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio for the first-ever Workday Charity Open. This is a unique situation for the Tour as they’ll be playing at Jack’s place two weeks in a row. Will the course hold up? I think so. It is absolutely mint. They’ve said the greens will play slower this week and they’ll speed them up next week. Will the tournaments look/feel different? Probably because the field is loaded this week and that doesn’t include Rory, DJ, Bryson and a certain Big Cat that will most likely tee it up next up.

The last three weeks, the PGA Tour has seen a winner from the top-10 in the OWGR. Will the big names continue to shine this week (I think so) or will we get an unlikely winner in what is likely a one-off tournament due to COVID?!

HOW TO WATCHThursday (All times Eastern)
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Sunday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

STORYLINES
Some of the big guns are back this week with plenty of firepower in the featured groups. I mentioned some of the bigger named groupings for Thursday and Friday in my piece yesterday.

There are plenty of interesting storylines this week with Jon Rahm trying to be the first Spaniard since Seve to ascend to No. 1 in the OWGR. Hard to believe that Sergio never got there, but when you really think about Sergio and his propensity for melting down literally and figuratively is it really that hard to believe.

*That’s a video of him from February of 2019. What an absolute child. He was apparently upset with his lie, blaming the way the bunker had been raked for his ball finishing in an awkward position in the sand. Strike the ball better, bud. Also, he left himself a more than reasonable putt for par. Hard to root for that dude.

Everyone’s favorite caddie, Bones, is back on the bag this week. Not for Phil, but for Matthew Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is without a caddie these next two weeks and he was able to lure Bones away from the Golf Channel.

*That’s an incredible story about Phil. What a relationship those guys must have. That video was from the 2016 Ryder Cup during a practice round. Imagine the amount of insane stories that Bones must have. Would love to have a cold one or four with him.

When is the freaking heck is Tiger going to announce he’s coming back. Everyone assumes he’ll play The Memorial since he has a good history there and it is Jack’s Tourney. People have been refreshing the location of his yacht for weeks. I bet Tiger will love playing without having the entire gallery of the golf course move with his every swing. I need to see him in red on Sunday’s again. ASAP.

Is Brooks going to be able to back up his smack talk to Bryson. I know Bryson isn’t playing this week, but now that Brooks is healthy he needs to start delivering again. He’s gone T32 and seventh in his two starts, but he has racked up eight straight rounds in the 60s. Every time Bryson does something annoying as all get up I just assume this GIF rolls through Koepka’s head and he has to call him out.

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is not the week, guys. This isn’t it. Rory has the week off again. That means I’m going with a pick that I hate. I won’t enjoy watching him play well, but I have to go with Patrick Cantlay this week. He absolutely destroys this course and he won The Memorial last year. That’s right, Patrick Cantlay is my pick this week. He’s going to take two minutes over every shot and psyche out his playing partners. Winning score, let’s go -14. Everyone has been going crazy low of late. I’d love to see a cutline that is not -5.   

CWalks: I’m taking Cameron Champ this week. He’s trending in the right direction after getting COVID (EDITOR’S NOTE: He never got COVID, CWalks. Read a damn book! It was a false positive or so he claims.) and was flushing the ball last weekend. I liked what I saw.  The field is a little thin this week for big names, so I think this is a good opportunity to pick one up.

Foster: This week I’m going with Hideki Matsuyama. He hits the ball far, plays well at Muirfield, and looked like he started to get his shit together last weekend in Detroit. The post-shutdown American winning streak ends on Sunday! The course is going to play a little easier because of the back-to-back weeks there, so I’m saying 21-under wins it.

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