PRESENTATION – After almost three months of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the most powerful golf course in the world has returned to competition. Sixteen of the top twenty in the world are in Texas, as well as the French Victor Perez …
Interrupted on March 17 after the first round of the Players Championship due to the pandemic linked to the Covid-19, the PGA Tour, the most powerful of the world circuits, is making its comeback, on one of the most legendary tracks in the United States. The Colonial Country Club, located in Fort Worth (Texas), celebrates this week its 75th year of presence on the Tour via the Charles Schwab Challenge. This par 6 of 6,592 meters has long been the “garden” of Ben Hogan, one of the five golfers to have achieved the Grand Slam (victory in the four Major tournaments). He is still the only one to have won the Texan race twice in a row. Kevin Na, the title holder, therefore knows what he has to do to join the legend …
This return to competition takes place in a very special atmosphere, however. No spectator is thus authorized to enter the site. For players, handshakes and braces at the end of the course are prohibited. Players and caddies will also need to be at a greater distance than usual. Golfers will be accommodated in a specific hotel and will be accompanied by their coach but not their family. Only the personnel necessary for the organization of the tournament and for their televised broadcast will be present on the course. In addition to these social distancing procedures, a comprehensive plan of tests and controls will be implemented. It is thus planned to test 400 people per week on average on the tournament.
These constraints, however, did not prevent the world gratin from meeting for this recovery that everyone was impatiently awaiting. Sixteen of the top twenty in the world ranking are present. Only missing are Australian Adam Scott, no. 6, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, no. 10, and Americans Patrick Cantlay (no. 7) and Tiger Woods, no. 11. The top 5 of the FedEx Cup is there too, namely the current leader, the South Korean Sungjae Im, Rory McIlroy, world n ° 1 and n ° 3 of FedEx, which makes its great debut in the Colonial, and the Americans Justin Thomas, Brendon Todd and Webb Simpson, numbers 2, 4 and 5 respectively.
Victor Perez launches his US “campaign”
In addition to Kevin Na, mentioned above, all the recent winners have made the trip to Texas, such as Justin Rose (2018), Kevin Kisner (2017), Jordan Spieth (2016) or Chris Kirk (2015), the last returning to the front of the stage after a long alcohol addiction treatment. Double winner (2000, 2008) at the Colonial, Phil Mickelson, who will be celebrating his 50th birthday on June 16, is here too … A Frenchman is also part of the celebration. Victor Perez, world number 40, has decided to launch his “US” campaign. Arrived in Florida a fortnight ago, the Tarbais based in Dundee (Scotland) was forced to provide quarantine for two weeks before leaving for Fort Worth. As for all the field entered from Thursday at the Colonial, it will be its big debut since its 69 (-3) signed on the evening of a PLAYERS Championship finally canceled in the night from Thursday to Friday March 17 …
Charles Schwab Challenge (PGA Tour) – 7,500,000 dollars in funding (6,653,756 euros in funding)
Players to watch
Kevin Na (USA), Jason Day (Aus), Joel Dahmen (USA), Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Harris English (USA), Tony Finau (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Ang), Rickie Fowler (USA), Sergio Garcia (Esp), Viktor Hovland (Nor), Sungjae Im (CdS), Dustin Johnson (USA), Kevin Kisner (USA), Brooks Koepka (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA), Marc Leishman (Aus), Rory McIlroy (IdN ), Phil Mickelson (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (AfS), Ryan Palmer (USA), Jon Rahm (Esp), Patrick Reed (USA), Justin Rose (Ang), Xander Schauffele (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA), Justin Thomas (USA), Matthew Wolff (USA).
The committed French
To follow the Charles Schwab Challenge (PGA Tour) on television:
Thursday June 11, 1st round: 5:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. (Golf +); 01:02 (Canal + Sport)
Friday June 12, 2nd round: 5:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. (Golf +); 10:25 p.m. (Canal + Sport)
Saturday June 13, 3rd round: 7:00 p.m. (Golf +); 12:06 am (Canal + Sport)
Sunday June 14, 4th round: 7:00 p.m. (Golf +); 10:25 p.m. (Canal + Sport)