World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will head a strong field next week as the PGA Tour returns to action with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.
The PGA Tour suspended its season after the first round of the Player Championship on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Action is finally set to resume Thursday through June 14 with the Charles Schwab Challenge event at Colonial Country Club.
The 148-player Fort Worth field will include each of the top five players in the world rankings -- in order, Northern Ireland's McIlroy, Spain's Jon Rahm and the United States' Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.
Others in a field that features 101 players who have won on the PGA Tour are FedExCup leader Sungjae Im, a South Korean who is the circuit's reigning Rookie of the Year; two-time Charles Schwab Challenge champion Phil Mickelson; and defending champion Kevin Na.
Play at Colonial will proceed with no fans on the course. The first five events on the restart will be contested behind closed doors, but galleries will be allowed to return starting at the Memorial Tournament, July 16-19 at Dublin, Ohio. The announcement regarding fans attending the Memorial at Murfield Village Golf Club was made Friday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
The PGA Tour canceled 11 events during its shutdown, and it revised its remaining schedule, rescheduling numerous tournaments.
After the Charles Schwab Challenge, the PGA Tour now will feature the RBC Heritage (June 18-21) in Hilton Head, S.C.; the Travelers Championship (June 25-28) in Cromwell, Conn.; and the Rocket Mortgage Classic (July 2-5) in Detroit.
Only one major remains on the revised 2019-20 schedule, the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Aug. 6-9. The season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs are set to run from mid-August to early September.
The U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., was pushed back from mid-June to Sept. 17-20, and the Masters was postponed from early April to Nov. 12-15 in Augusta, Ga. The Open Championship, which was to be held July 16-19 at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, was canceled.
The second-tier Korn Ferry Tour also announced Friday the field for its first event back. The Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass will be held Thursday through Jan. 14 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., without fans on the Dye's Valley Course.
Each of the top five players in the Korn Ferry point standings will play at Sawgrass: in order, Mito Pereira, Davis Riley, David Kocher, Andrew Novak and Dylan Wu.
Also in the field are 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir and four-time PGA Tour winners Robert Allenby and Sean O'Hair.
The Korn Ferry Tour last was in action for the El Bosque Mexico Championship, Feb. 27-March 1 in Guanajuato, Mexico, won by Kocher. Due to the lengthy break caused by the pandemic, the circuit is combining its 2020 schedule with the 2021 schedule.
--Field Level Media