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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Twofer Tuesday: Charles Schwab Challenge

It's been so long... three months since the last Twofer Tuesday. For our first time back we take a look at this week's PGA Tour event -- the Charles Schwab Challenge -- from a safe social distance.

Kevin Na with Charles Schwab Challenge trophy

The Charles Schwab Challenge wanted to be the first event back and they waited an extra three weeks to do so. As a result, they have been rewarded with the best field to show up at any regular event in years! (No Tiger sightings yet, however...)

And of course, the field at Colonial will be headlined by defending champion Kevin Na.

It appears the biggest storyline of the week for this spectatorless event is that Jon Rahm has a chance to take the #1 spot away from Rory McIlroy, thus becoming only the second Spaniard ever to hold that spot. (Naturally, Seve was the first and only thus far.)

Look, there's no magic to my picks this week. Nobody has any idea what to expect from the players. We know they've been practicing but that's not the same as playing in a full field event, and there's no telling what sort of effect the lack of fans may have on play. (One of the pros has humorously remarked that there will be a lot more lost balls, but I do think that the lack of fans may affect distance perception on some holes.) At any rate, I'm gonna roll the dice and make my customary two picks.
  • Matt Kuchar's swing is so solid that a few weeks away from competitive golf shouldn't hurt him too much. He normally plays pretty well at Colonial, so I'm expecting good things from him this week.
  • And I really like Justin Thomas to make a good show. Ironically, I think his stint as a course correspondent at The Match 2 a few weeks back may have helped him mentally prepare for this. Yeah, he tends to unexpectedly self-destruct at times but I think he'll be focused this week.
The event preview over at is worth a quick look to get yourself back in the swing of things. And then GC's live broadcast officially starts at 4pm ET Thursday but I expect a pregame show before that.

And please forgive me if this post seems a bit awkward. Unlike the pros, my Twofer Tuesday prose is definitely rusty!

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