Charles Schwab Challenge 2020: Start Time, How to Watch, Live Stream PGA Tour Event

Three months after being halted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour makes its return this week.

With lockdown measures easing in the U.S. and sports slowly resuming across the world, the Charles Schwab Challenge in Forth Worth, Texas, will be the first competitive golf tournament since The Players Championship was suspended after the first round on March 12.

Since then, 13 weeks have passed and 11 tournaments have been canceled—The Players Championship and another six events that were due to be held before May 10, plus another five events that were scheduled between this weekend and July 19.

The Charles Schwab Challenge was itself scheduled to be held between May 21 and May 24 but was moved forward by three weeks as PGA Tour executives looked to reshuffle a calendar that has already lost one of the four majors after British organizers scrapped The Open Championship, which was set to be held in mid-July.

If the lack of fans may make for a rather eerie atmosphere—the Charles Schwab Challenge and the next four PGA Tour events will all be held behind closed doors—the field this week is so stacked with talent that the caliber of the players on display should offset the lack of spectators.

Normally an invitational tournament with 120 players, this year the Charles Schwab Challenge has expanded the field to 144 participants, led by world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

Other than Adam Scott and Tommy Fleetwood—the world's No. 6 and No. 10 respectively—every player in the top 10 of the world's rankings will be teeing off in Forth Worth this week, making the field the strongest the event has seen since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986.

Tiger Woods is also among the notable absentees, as he continues to manage his appearances very carefully.

McIlroy, who reclaimed first spot in the world rankings in February, finished tied for fifth in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, the last completed tournament before the coronavirus outbreak ground golf to a halt.

The four-time major winner is on a remarkable run of form and hasn't finished lower than fifth in his last seven starts on the tour. Rahm, the world No. 2, is in similarly good form, following up two wins at the end of last year with five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, while it will be intriguing to see what sort of impact the extended break has had on Brooks Koepka.

The Floridian 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 and has not managed a top-15 finish in his last five starts.

The break enforced by the coronavirus pandemic came at the wrong time for South Korea's Sungjae Im, who was arguably the most in-form player on the tour. The world No. 23 won the Honda Classic at the end of February, before finishing third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.

Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, PGA Tour
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the sixth tee with Brooks Koepka of the United States during the first round of The PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 12 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty

When is the Charles Schwab Challenge?

Originally scheduled for May 21 to May 24, the Charles Schwab Challenge runs from June 11 to June 14. The purse for this year's event stands at $7.5 million.

Where is the Charles Schwab Challenge?

As has been the case since its inauguration in 1946, the tournament is held at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The Charles Schwab Challenge is the longest-continuing non-major event held at the same venue on the PGA Tour and the 70-par course stretches over 7,000 yards.

Charles Schwab Challenge TV coverage

The tournament will be broadcast by Golf Channel and CBS, with the latter carrying the final two rounds.

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.

TV schedule (All times EDT)

Thursday, June 11

  • 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.—Golf Channel

Friday, June 12

  • 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.—Golf Channel

Saturday, June 13

  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.—Golf Channel
  • 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.—CBS

Sunday, June 14

  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.—Golf Channel
  • 3 p.m.- 6 p.m.—CBS

Charles Schwab Challenge odds

Rory McIlroy starts the tournament as an 8/1 favorite with both DraftKings and FanDuel and an 11/1 favorite with BetMGM.

Jon Rahm is an 11/1 second-favorite with both DraftKings and BetMGM, while FanDuel has the Spaniard at 12/1.

All three bookmakers have Justin Thomas as third-favorite at 16/1, while Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson all start as 25/1 outsiders, followed by Dustin Johnson at 28/1.