Press Release
WORLDS BEST GOLFERS MEETING UP AT COLONIAL FOR 2020 CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE
Fort Worth, Texas – June 5, 2020 - The world’s greatest players proved they are ready to get back to business by signing up for the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge, June 11-14 at historic Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The five top-ranked players in the world lead the charge, and 21 of the top 25 players in the current FedExCup standings will compete. Defending champion Kevin Na has already won once in the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR season and should be expected to stage a strong defense of his title on one of his favorite courses. .
While the event will be played without on-site fans, television viewers can expect plenty of fireworks thanks to the incredible depth and star power of the tournament field.
Te top 25 players in the current FedExCup standings will compete. Defending champion Kevin Na has already won once in the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR season and should be expected to stage a strong defense of his title on one of his favorite courses.
World #1 Rory McIlroy will make his first appearance at Colonial, home course of the great Ben Hogan, who won the 74-year-old championship five times. Young Jon Rahm of Spain, ranked second in the world, won the Ben Hogan Award as a college player twice and placed second at Colonial in 2017. Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson round out the top five world-ranked players who will take on the traditional, dog-legged course with small greens and often-tricky winds. Koepka has nabbed second place at Colonial as well, behind 2018 champion Justin Rose.
Colonial, Charles Schwab, the PGA TOUR and the players are working together to ensure the event continues to support the surrounding community and local charities, as the country tries to emerge from the coronavirus impact. The tournament and TOUR also plan to honor frontline healthcare workers in multiple ways during the event. Each caddie will be wearing the name of a local healthcare worker, in addition to the name of his player. Fans can donate to tournament charities directly online through its Birdies for Charity Program at https://www.charlesschwabchallenge.com/birdies-charities, and other fund-raising efforts will help raise money to support Fort Worth charities and PGA TOUR Covid-19 Relief initiatives. Also this year Charles Schwab and The PGA TOUR have created #RiseToTheChallenge, a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief efforts, locally and nationally, where fans can donate for the chance to win hundreds of amazing prizes. Prizes range from memorabilia signed by players in this week's field to once in a lifetime experiences with golf icons such as Bob Vokey, David Maclay Kidd, Suzy Whaley and more! Starting Monday, fans can go to risetothechallenge.win to enter. .
“This has been a difficult time for all of our communities and charities, but the sport of golf has shown it excels at supporting these efforts,” noted Tournament Chairman Rob Hood. “I have never seen a more focused effort between groups to not only put on this unique golf tournament, but also to make sure the charity impact from the event is significant.”
McIlroy and Thomas will resume their quest to chase down FedExCup leader Sungjae Im, the only player ahead of them in the current standings. The stellar field battling for the $7.5 million purse includes 16 of the top 20 players in the world, as well as the winners of 37 of the last 43 tournaments.  That is the kind of field Colonial had every year back in the 1950s and 60s, when Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player prowled the fairways. In 1962 when Palmer won the championship, the field included all the top 25 money leaders and winners of 46 of the previous 47 tournaments. In fact, only seven players in the Colonial field that year had not won a PGA TOUR event.
The Charles Schwab Challenge is normally one of the PGA TOUR’s few invitational tournaments, will feature a full field of more than 140 players. Thirteen Colonial champions make up the field with Rose and Na, including 2016 winner Jordan Spieth, 2017 winner Kevin Kisner and two-time champions Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson. U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker, who won here in 2009, will be able to play and observe 10 of the top 11 players in the current Ryder Cup point standings trying to get on his team. 
Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Webb Simpson, Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar and Ryan Palmer, a Colonial club member, and many more will all be working hard to get back on their game after the long layoff. Young stars Viktor Hovland, Matt Wolff, Joaquin Niemann, Collin Morikawa and others should have no problem getting into the heat of the action, all having won on TOUR.
A few PGA TOUR Champions players have chosen to join the action as well.  Utilizing special exemptions, Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron will play, along with 1995 Colonial winner Tom Lehman, 1999 winner Olin Browne and the great Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer. In 2007 Langer almost won at Colonial, losing in a three-man sudden-death playoff.
The event will be broadcast on The Golf Channel Thursday and Friday, and on CBS Saturday and Sunday. Here is the entire 148-man field for the Charles Schwab Challenge: