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Rory McIlroy Headlines a Stacked Field at the Charles Schwab Challenge When the PGA Tour Returns

Following a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak, world number one Rory McIlroy headlines a star-studded field at the Charles Schwab Challenge when the PGA Tour returns next Thursday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Let’s get one thing out of the way now. No, Tiger Woods will not be in the field at Colonial. But that doesn’t mean that the PGA Tour’s first tournament back isn’t loaded with star power.

Rory McIlroy will certainly be the favorite at the Charles Schwab Challenge

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Top-ranked Rory McIlroy, who has held the No. 1 spot since early February, will be the clear favorite at Colonial. When the PGA Tour shut down following the first round of The Players Championship, McIlroy was playing some of the best golf of his career, which is certainly saying something given his track record.

In his last 11 tournaments, beginning with his victory at the Tour Championship last year, McIlroy had finished outside the top 10 just once and outside the top five only twice. And if there were any thoughts that he might be a little rusty, one only needs to go back and watch his performance in the Seminole Skins Match a few weeks back to see that he’s swinging the club quite well.

16 of the top 20 players in the world will tee it up at Colonial

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Rory McIlroy certainly won’t be the only big name in attendance at the Charles Schwab Challenge. He’ll be joined by the other four players in the top five of the Official World Golf Ranking, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and his partner at Seminole, Dustin Johnson. This will be the first time since the OGWR was established in 1986 that the top five in the world will tee it up at Colonial, which only goes to show how excited these players are to get back to work.

In addition to the top five, 16 of the top 20 players in the world will be in action. Only Adam Scott (No. 6), Patrick Cantlay (No. 7), Tommy Fleetwood (No. 10), and Tiger Woods are skipping the event.

Other notable names at the Charles Schwab Challenge include Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Jordan Spieth, who is one of a dozen past champions of this event in the field, including defending champion Kevin Na.

The entire field for the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge

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Here’s a look at the entire 148-man field for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

  • Byeong Hun An
  • Abraham Ancer
  • Daniel Berger
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout
  • Zac Blair
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Scott Brown
  • Olin Browne
  • Bronson Burgoon
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello
  • Chad Campbell
  • Bud Cauley
  • Cameron Champ
  • Wyndham Clark
  • Keith Clearwater
  • Corey Conners
  • Franklin Corpening
  • Joel Dahmen
  • Cameron Davis
  • Jason Day
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Jason Dufner
  • Tyler Duncan
  • Harris English
  • Tony Finau
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Dylan Frittelli
  • David Frost
  • Jim Furyk
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Brice Garnett
  • Brian Gay
  • Doug Ghim
  • Lucas Glover
  • Talor Gooch
  • Branden Grace
  • Lanto Griffin
  • Emiliano Grillo
  • Bill Haas
  • Chesson Hadley
  • Adam Hadwin
  • Brian Harman
  • Scott Harrington
  • J.J. Henry
  • Jim Herman
  • Kramer Hickok
  • Harry Higgs
  • Charley Hoffman
  • Tom Hoge
  • Max Homa
  • Billy Horschel
  • Beau Hossler
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Charles Howell III
  • Mark Hubbard
  • Mackenzie Hughes
  • Sungjae Im
  • Jazz Janewattananond
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Zach Johnson
  • Matt Jones
  • Sung Kang
  • Si Woo Kim
  • Chris Kirk
  • Kevin Kisner
  • Patton Kizzire
  • Russell Knox
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Jason Kokrak
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Andrew Landry
  • Bernhard Langer
  • Nate Lashley
  • Danny Lee
  • Kyoung-Hoon Lee
  • Tom Lehman
  • Marc Leishman
  • Tom Lewis
  • Adam Long
  • Shane Lowry
  • Scott McCarron
  • Denny McCarthy
  • Tyler McCumber
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Maverick McNealy
  • Troy Merritt
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Keith Mitchell
  • Ryan Moore
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Sebastián Muñoz
  • Kevin Na
  • Matthew NeSmith
  • Joaquin Niemann
  • Alex Noren
  • Henrik Norlander
  • Andy Ogletree
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Carlos Ortiz
  • Ryan Palmer
  • C.T. Pan
  • Pat Perez
  • Victor Perez
  • Scott Piercy
  • J.T. Poston
  • Ian Poulter
  • Andrew Putnam
  • Jon Rahm
  • Chez Reavie
  • Doc Redman
  • Patrick Reed
  • Patrick Rodgers
  • Justin Rose
  • Sam Ryder
  • Rory Sabbatini
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Adam Schenk
  • John Senden
  • Robby Shelton
  • Webb Simpson
  • Cameron Smith
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Brendan Steele
  • Sepp Straka
  • Kevin Streelman
  • Steve Stricker
  • Brian Stuard
  • Vaughn Taylor
  • Josh Teater
  • Justin Thomas
  • Brendon Todd
  • Kevin Tway
  • Peter Uihlein
  • Erik van Rooyen
  • Harold Varner III
  • Jhonattan Vegas
  • Jimmy Walker
  • Matt Wallace
  • Nick Watney
  • Bubba Watson
  • Richy Werenski
  • Danny Willett
  • Matthew Wolff
  • Gary Woodland
  • Xinjun Zhang