FINALLY, after three barren months devoid of any professinal golf action, this week at Colonial C.C. we escape this bleak, golf-less wilderness and get back to watching the best golfers in the world do battle once again.
To help build up to what's sure to be a great four days in Texas we've been considering who are the standout players to watch at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Take a look at what we've come up with and let us know your selections in the comments.
A little predictable? Yeah, we get it. Doesn't take a genius to flag up Rory McIlroy as a potential winner of the Charles Schwab Challenge, but we aren't in the business of overlooking the world's best golfer in a vain attempt to look cool and like we know something you don't.
McIlroy deserves to be at the head of our list for many reasons, but the most compelling is the fact that he has finished inside the top five in each of his last seven tournaments. You need to go all the way back to September 2019 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to find the last time the Northern Irishman failed to achieve a T-5 or better. That stat simply demands attention.
Before lockdown restrictions took hold around the world, just like McIlroy, Sungjae Im was among the most in-form golfers on the planet, and it seems likely that the South Korean superstar's progress will continue unabated.
Last time out he finished in third position at Bay Hill's Arnold Palmer Invitational and in the event prior he secured a maiden PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic. If you're looking for a form selection, he's another noteworthy.
World-number-four Justin Thomas has played only five tournaments in 2020 and has finished inside the top six on three separate occasions. He makes his debut at Colonial this week and will be on the minds of many as a possible winner come Sunday evening.
The Kentuckian won the Sentry Tournament of Champions back in January after a three-month lay-off so he, perhaps more than most, won't feel fazed by the enforced PGA Tour hiatus. Check out his winning moment from Kapalua Resort below.
Though he may be out of form at present, Justin Rose is now unshackled from his unsuccessful partnership with Honma and will be looking to get back to somewhere near the form that saw him catapulted to world-number-one status.
Though the initial signs were encouraging after the switch back in January of last year, Rose's recent form has been quite worrying. We expect that it won't be long until the Englishman is back to his best and he could quite easily go well this week. Take note.
Though Rory McIlroy is the overwhelming favourite for the Charles Schwab Challenge this week, we expect that many will see more value in Jon Rahm. Two wins and two runner-up finishes in his last five starts is extremely hard to argue with.
If he takes the victory at Colonial - a course where he has solid form - the Spaniard can dethrone McIlroy as world-number-one and this may provide added motivation for a golfer who is always hungry to add to his ever-improving golfing C.V.
Webb Simpson finds himself back inside the world's top ten and has the game to take advantage of the short golf course at Colonial C.C. He's among the best in the game on approach to the green, and is more than reliable with the flatstick.
What shape his game is in after three months off is the unknown, but a trio of finishes in the top-3 (including a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open) in his last five outings suggests the 2012 U.S. Open champion has every chance this week.