This weekend in Texas, the PGA Tour is back for the first time in months and it is a FULLY LOADED field, in a tournament otherwise lacking stardom. Here are just some of the names being paired for this weekend:
-Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka
-Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler
-Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland, Kevin Na
-Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose
This doesn’t even cover all the big-name golfers who will be making an appearance in the lone star state. Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, otherwise known as “Hogan’s Alley,” will be almost empty with little more than the golfers and the crew required to run the tournament.
This will be interesting to watch not only because of the names listed above but because there will be no fans. Similar to UFC or the WWE the feel will be different when Rory pipes a drive or Phil shows off his world-class short game, and there is no cheering, no slow increase in noise as people hold their breath waiting to see where the ball ends up.
A positive from the no-fan aspect is the players will most likely be more relaxed and with some even agreeing to be mic’d up. It may feel like we’re with our buddies playing 18 at our home course swearing and talking shit to one other. That is something fans have been wanting for a long time and will add a more humanizing feature to the Gods of golf.
Now if you’re a betting man like myself, you’re probably asking what are the odds looking like. Well to list the top 5: Rory McIlroy (+800), Jon Rahm (+1100), Justin Thomas (+1600), Webb Simpson (+2200) and Bryson DeChambeau/Brooks Koepka (+2500).
Rory had been playing exceptional golf, but if you want my two cents, I would watch Webb Simpson, Justin Rose (+5000) and the Lefty, Phil (+15000).
Simpson recently won at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and could be looking to get an early win after quarantine. Rose won Colonial two years ago, and was in a slump before the break, but hopefully used this time to come back and dominate.
Phil is my longshot. He didn’t play well in The Match with Brady, Manning and Tiger but I think that’s motivation for him. He always finds a way to be in the top players and I think this is where the old man can shine and really find a groove.
Regardless of who wins or whom you bet on, this tournament will be one for the books with word-class talent in the first golf tournament since March.