Thanks to the PGA Tour and the Great Country of Texas, we get live head to head competition starting Thursday morning at 6:50 AM CST. Yes, NASCAR has been back for two races, but they are in cars. Golf is much closer to the competition we crave in the style of mono a mono. This weekends tournament is a big deal for many reasons.
Firstly, the fact we have a full field of individuals competing in person for the largest purse this tournament has ever seen. The charity events were great, The Match and Drive for Relief, but they just didn’t have that edge actual competition brings to the table.
Secondly, it allows us to see some of the biggest stars in the game back in action for the first time since the Players Championship was cut short back in March.
Thirdly, it’s just another step closer to returning to something resembling what we all used to call normal before the pandemic.
The top three players in the world; Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Brooks Koepka. This alone makes this the most star-studded field in the history of this event. Due to the shutdown caused by COVID-19, the field At Colonial Country Club will host 148 golfers, 28 more than the normal size for the Invitational.
Some other big names featured this weekend are; Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, and Jason Day.
That many stars should make for some intense competition and a fun weekend of watching golf and a bit of levity.
Let’s Get Down to a Little Debauchery
Drum Roll please for my first official gambling picks with Fanrun Radio: Obviously, being World No. 1, Rory is the favorite at 15-2.
He has never played in this event before, and he didn’t look particularly sharp at the Drive for Relief event, so I would stay away from that pick.
My Top Three Picks
My “Dark Horse” for the weekend is going to be Jordan Spieth at 45-1. This is a tournament he has won in the past, and he always finds himself in contention on Sunday afternoon. It is in his native land of the DFW Metroplex. Not to mention, he has really been pulling his whole game together before the hiatus due to COVID-19.
My next pick is what I’ll call the “Best Bet.” This will be Justin Thomas at 16-1. This man has been on a tear the last two years and has one of the best overall games I’ve seen from any of the young guns on tour. This course sets up perfectly for his swing, and this should lead to him being in the mix on Sunday.
Finally, we have our “Long Shot.” I like Zach Johnson here at 150-1. He has won the tournament in the past when it was known as the Crone Plaza Invitational (R.I.P. in Peace) Again this another individual who’s swing plays perfectly to this course.
How to Watch
Rounds 1 and 2 can be seen starting at 7:45 AM till 7 PM on the PGA Tour Live app. TV coverage will begin on Golf Channel at 4 PM and go till 7 PM.
Rounds 3 and 4 will start at 8 AM with coverage beginning at 7:45 AM on the PGA Tour Live app. Early TV coverage can be found on the Golf Channel from 1-3 PM.CBS will then pick up the coverage from 3-6 PM.
There you have it, folks. I hope everyone is as pumped as I am because WE HAVE LIVE COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND.