The PGA will continue forward this week with its next stop set at Harbour Town Golf Links
The event which usually occurs the week after the Masters will be on full display this year featuring many of the stars that ordinarily skip the event due to the Masters being the week before. The scenic course settled in on the Atlantic Coast will be on full display as C.T. Pan attempts to defend his title.
This event will once again not feature any fans on the course as the tour continues to ease back into things. The event will be a test for some of the longer hitters on the tour.
The course only plays at 7,099 yards, while the average for a PGA Tour event is around 7,300.
This week will be about precision, accuracy, and patience. Ball placement will be absolutely key this week as the course features narrow fairways, overhanging oaks, pines, palmettos, and dark lagoons.
Maybe Bryson DeChambeau should sit this one out with his abysmal 60.4 percent fairway accuracy.
Once again. all eyes will be the golf world with it being one of only two sports being back
With the Geico 500 set for Sunday at 3 p.m ET, golf will once again command the weekend and only split a couple of hours with the race.
Maybe Sir Nick Faldo will have shaken off the rust last week and actually be able to read some puts for the folks at home? Doubtful, but one can hope.
Once again though, as mentioned before, we have a star-studded field for the event.
The event will feature the World Golf Rankings top-five consisting of: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Dustin Johnson. Not to mention other names such as Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, last week’s runner-up Collin Morikawa, last week’s winner, Daniel Berger, and Gary Woodland.
In all, the field will consist of 155 total golfers, expanded again due to the layoff.
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Once again this week, Rory is the Vegas favorite at 11-1.
After a solid performance last week, less Sunday’s round of 74, I don’t hate that pick. Rory is considered by most to be one of the best all time off the tee.
With accuracy off the tee being a huge factor this week that could set him up for big success.
My “Dark Horse” for this week is going to be Woodland at 40-1.
He is by all accounts one of the best ball strikers on tour. He also putted extremely last week. Put those two together and he could be in for a big week at the ocean course.
Moving right along my “Best Bet’ is going to be Xander Schauffele at 22-1. He played incredibly well last week at Colonial, coming up just short of making the sudden death playoff that occurred.
I would imagine the rust from the layoff played a factor in the subpar final round along with lack of stamina from not playing in three months.
Finally we have our “Long Shot”.
This week I like Wesley Bryan for this role at 275-1.
He is been out of the spotlight for a while now. The South Carolina native has documented his hard work during quarantine and I believe he may poised for a strong week.
How to watch
You can catch Thursday and Friday’s action from 3-6 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. For Saturday and Sunday, the coverage will begin at 1 p.m. and run till 2:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel.
CBS will then pick up the coverage each day from 3-6 p.m.
Of course, you can always catch all the coverage from the first tee to the final tee with PGA TOUR Live.
Let’s get ready for another great weekend folks, we are halfway there!