5 Things to Watch For: Charles Schwab Challenge

So golf is back this week and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Charles Schwab Challenge begins today in Houston, Texas and bolsters one of the best fields ever in the tournament’s history.

Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite. PHOTO: Tour Pro Club / Flickr

Coverage of the Charles Schwab begins on PGA Tour Live on Thursday at 7:45 a.m. and Golf Channel and CBS will have the national coverage throughout the weekend.

Here are 5 things to watch for this weekend:

  • No Fans. It’s going to be very interesting from a TV perspective given the fact that there will be no fans or grandstands. Brooks Koepka noted several weeks ago that scores might suffer due to the fact that the fans usually surround the ball when its hit into the gallery. Now there is a real chance for lost balls. Remember players only have three minutes to look for them.
  • World Golf Rankings impact: Right off the bat Rory McIlroy (world #1) Jon Rahm (world number 2) and Koepka (world number 3) are paired together on Thursday and Friday. As GolfNewsRI wrote on Thursday, if Rahm wins he jumps to number one.
  • Odds/ Betting information: According to the RI Sportsbook, Mcllroy is the betting favorite at +900, meaning a $10 bet will net you $90. His two playing partners are +1200 (Rahm) and +3000 (Koepka). The +3000 for Koepka is a tremendous value, but we don’t know what any of these players games are going to look like. Historically, Koepka doesn’t have a great track record at non major events so this bet is a crap shoot.
  • Phil Mickelson: It’s going to be interesting to see how/if Mickelson (+10000) bounces back after the defeat in the match a few weeks ago with Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Mickelson is paired with Gary Woodland (+5500) and Kevin Na (+5500). Na is famous for walking in putts before they even hit the hole and Woodland won the U.S. Open last year.
  • Caddie bibs: For the next three weeks caddie bibs will have two names on them. They will have the golfers name and then a frontline workers name next to it to pay tribute to the ongoing pandemic.

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