Charles Schwab Challenge: Leaderboard, Tee times and How to Watch Second Round on Friday

Justin Rose and Harold Varner III blew off the cobwebs and took control of the opening round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, Texas, on Thursday.

As the PGA Tour returned for the first time after a three-month lockdown enforced by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Rose and Varner III were the fastest out of the blocks, ending the first round with a 7-under par 63, one shot ahead of Justin Thomas, Jhonattan Vegas, Colin Morikawa and Abraham Ancer.

While the field at Colonial is the strongest the event has seen since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, the lack of fans made for an eerie atmosphere.

"We all know what we're playing for. We all know the competition this week especially, the field is incredible," Rose, who won at Colonial two years ago, told reporters after his round.

"Obviously, we miss the fans. They definitely provide a ton of energy and atmosphere."

The Englishman and his colleagues will have to get used to play without fans, as this week's event is the first of five PGA Tour scheduled to be held behind closed doors.

One of the only three black American players to routinely feature on the PGA Tour, Varner had spent the week in conversation with commissioner Jay Monahan, who has vowed to ensure golf will play its part to end systemic racial issues in the wake of George Floyd's tragic death.

If the discussion with Monahan distracted Varner, he did not let it show as he opened with seven birdies in the first round.

The 29-year-old, however, warned against allowing himself to get carried away after a blistering opening round.

"I'm thinking about winning a golf tournament right now, I've probably lost it," he explained.

"Yeah, I know what's going on, but when I'm on the golf course, I'm trying to play well."

Thomas, Vegas, Morikawa and Ancer are one shot behind Rose and Varner, with Jordan Spieth a short further back a 5-under.

The Texan struggled badly at the beginning of the season, finishing in the top 50 just once in five starts but looked close to be back to his best on Thursday.

Meanwhile, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka both carded a 2-under par 68 in the first round, leaving themselves plenty of room for improvement on Friday. Jon Rahm, who played alongside the duo on Thursday and will do so again in the second round, was a shot further back after bogeying the final hole.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Friday.

Harold Varner III, PGA Tour
Harold Varner III of the United States plays a shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 11 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty

Round 1 leaderboard

Justin Rose, Harold Varner III -7

Justin Thomas, Jhonattan Vegas, Colin Morikawa and Abraham Ancer -6

Brian Harman, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Daniel Berger, Adam Hadwin, Tom Lehman, Tyler Duncan, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele -5

Selected tee times (All times EDT)

Tee No. 1

  • 7:50 a.m.—Patrick Rodgers, Carlos Ortiz
  • 8:34 a.m.—Collin Morikawa, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson
  • 8:45 a.m.—Kevin Kisner, Xander Schauffele, Jim Furyk
  • 1:22 p.m.—Jhonattan Vegas, Joel Dahmen, Alex Noren
  • 1:33 p.m.—Sungjae Im, Dylan Frittelli, Keith Mitchell
  • 1:44 p.m.—Patrick Reed, Marc Leishman, Graeme McDowell
  • 1:55 p.m.—Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau
  • 2:06 p.m.—Kevin Na, Gary Woodland, Phil Mickelson

Tee No. 10

  • 7:50 a.m.—Charley Hoffman, Bud Cauley, Harry Higgs
  • 8:12 a.m.—Harold Varner III, Zac Blair, Scottie Scheffler
  • 8:45 a.m.—Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth
  • 8:56 a.m.—Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm
  • 9:07 a.m.—Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau
  • 1:44 p.m.—Chez Reavie, Charles Howell III, Pat Perez
  • 1:55 p.m.—Kevin Kisner, Xander Schauffele, Jim Furyk
  • 2:39 p.m.—Kevin Streelman, Rory Sabbatini, Abraham Ancer

Charles Schwab Challenge TV coverage

On Friday, coverage begins at 4 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel and runs until 7 p.m. EDT.

Coverage of the final two rounds begins at 1 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel on both Saturday and Sunday and runs until 3 p.m. EDT, with CBS taking over at 3 p.m. EDT on both days.

Charles Schwab Challenge livestream

All four days of the tournament can be watched on PGA Tour Live—beginning at 7.45 a.m. EDT with featured groups and featured holes—and Golf Channel's digital platforms.

A livestream of the final two days of the tournament will be available via CBS's digital platforms.