Despite the coronavirus pandemic still affecting the nation and most of the world, the PGA Tour has come up with a way to bring golf back with as many safety precautions as possible. This week’s Charles Schwab Challenge marks the first PGA Tour event in three months, the unintended benefit of which is an unbelievable field at a tremendous course for a sports-starved country to consume continuing Sunday morning.
Colonial Country Club has always been one of the best — and one of my favorite — courses on the PGA Tour, and this week it has the field to prove it. Of the top 20 players in the world, only four were absent this week, and all five of the top five in the world are playing with many of them in contention. The leaderboard is packed with big-time names and some of the best players in the world.
Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are both making their first appearances at this tournament, while Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm have both nearly won here before. They are among the innumerable storylines this weekend as the tournament expands its field from 120 players to 148 amid the pandemic.
Xander Schauffele leads through 54 holes, but McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and others are right on his heels.
It’s been a strange year in golf, and maybe it will continue to be that way, especially with no fans at the first few events. But at least for a bit this week at Colonial, everything will feel familiar as the best players on the planet get their tee shots in the air and we get back to playing professional golf. Check out how CBS will be handling the weekend coverage of the Charles Schwab Challenge.
All times Eastern; streaming start times approximated
Round 4 — Sunday
Round starts: 8 a.m.
Featured groups and holes: 7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Early TV coverage: 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel
Radio: 1-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio
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