Another juicy grouping features members of the Bro Pack – Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. Byrson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose compose another pairing, and Major winners Phil Mickelson and Gary Woodland are joined by defending Schwab Challenge champ Kevin Na.
With the tour returning to action for the first time in 12 weeks, Colonial drew an impressive field, with 16 of the top 20 in the Official World Rankings jumping in.
McIlroy, the hottest player in the game with one win and five other top 5s in his past six starts, is making his tournament debut. Twice he has won in the same circumstance, at the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship and 2019 RBC Canadian Open. Koepka has played at Colonial only once, but the outcome was rather stunning – he shot a pair of 63s to finish T-2 in 2017. Rahm has two top 5s in the event.
Thomas enters the week No.2 in the FedEx Cup standings, behind Sungjae Im, and, with wins in the CJ Cup and Sentry Tournament of Champions, joins Brendon Todd as the tour’s multiple champions this season. Spieth captured the 2016 title at Colonial, and bookended that with runners-up in 2015 and ’17. The Texan remains one of the more compelling story lines of 2020, with only one top-10 finish (at Pebble Beach) in five starts since the calendar turned.
Na seized last year’s Schwab by four shots over Tony Finau when it was pushed to a Monday finish, and he won again early in the wraparound season in Las Vegas. Mickelson has two wins at Colonial (2000, 2008), but has dropped to 63rd in the world ranking with four missed cuts in his past five starts.