Charles Schwab Challenge 2020: Latest Odds, Best Picks and Sleepers

Rory McIlroy starts the Charles Schwab Challenge as the bookmakers' favorite this week, as the PGA Tour returns following an enforced three-month hiatus caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Northern Irishman is an 8/1 favorite with both DraftKings and FanDuel and 11/1 favorite with BetMGM to win at Colonial Country Club this weekend.

Since missing the cut at The Open Championship last July, McIlroy has enjoyed an incredible run of form, finishing outside the top 10 just once in 10 starts. He reclaimed the crown of world No.1 after more than four years in February.

This week marks McIlroy's first-ever appearance at the Charles Schwab Challenge, a positive omen for the 31-year-old, who has two wins in his PGA Tour career when making a tournament debut—the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship and the 2019 RBC Canadian Open.

World No. 2 Jon Rahm is an 11/1 second-favorite with both DraftKings and BetMGM, while FanDuel has the Spaniard at 12/1.

Like McIlroy, Rahm has been remarkably consistent. The Spaniard followed up two wins at the end of last year with five top-10 finishes in his last six starts and has finished in the top five in both of his last two starts at Forth Worth, including a tie for second three years ago.

With its tight set-up and relatively small greens, Colonial Country Club should suit Rahm, who before the coronavirus-enforced break looked totally in command of his driving and putting game.

All three bookmakers have Justin Thomas as third favorite at 16/1. Thomas enters the week No. 2 in the FedExCup standings and is one of the only two players to have recorded multiple wins on the PGA Tour this year. He has a tied for third and a tied for sixth in his last two starts.

Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson all start as 25/1 shots.

Like McIlroy, Rahm and Thomas, DeChambeau arrives in Texas in excellent form after finishing in the top five in his last three starts

Koepka, meanwhile, began the year as the world No. 1 but struggled to find form as he recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for three months. He has not managed a top-15 finish in his last five starts.

The Floridian has good memories of Colonial Country Club, where he shot 63 in two rounds two years ago—his solitary appearance at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

As is the case for Rahm, the course set-up could play into Simpson's hands. The world No. 9 is notoriously at ease on shorter courses and ranks inside the Top 10 on approach and putting, according to Fantasy National figures.

At 30/1 and 45/1 Xander Schauffele and Justin Rose both represent good value outsiders. The former missed the cut at Colonial last year, but has a solid all-around game and has eight top-25 finishes in his last nine starts, including second-place finishes at the WCG-HSBC Champions and at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Rose, meanwhile, won at Colonial two years ago and can never be underestimated. The Englishman switched club manufacturer before the lockdown and will be intriguing to see whether he's made the most of the time off to get used to his new clubs.

When it comes to long shots, Matt Kuchar and Daniel Berger stand out from the field. The former is a 50/1 shot and finished tied for second at The Genesis Invitation in February, the third of a run of four top-25 finishes in six starts.

Kuchar has finished in the top 12 three times—including a second-place finish—at Colonial since 2013 and his experience could make the difference in what could be a very unusual tournament given the three-month layoff.

A 65/1 outsider, Berger, like Simpson and Rahm, excels on short courses with a tight set-up. The former Florida State University alum ranks 14th in total strokes gained on the PGA Tour and if he can drive accurately he could be a player to keep an eye on.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds a pin flag during a practice round prior to the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on June 9 in Fort Worth, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty