The PGA Tour’s most impromptu event will feature many stars as the Tour begins a two-week stay at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
This week was supposed to be the John Deere Classic, but when tournament organizers chose to cancel the event due to COVID-19 issues, the Tour stepped in and created an event from scratch. Take part in this week’s Workday for Charity Open, which will be played in a familiar setting but with a slightly unique course setup.
Here’s a look at some of the first-round groups featured this week, as Phil Mickelson returns to action and three of the world’s top five players join him in Ohio (official tee times expected Tuesday afternoon):
Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay
Lefty will be back on the ropes, continuing his trend of playing every two weeks since returning from the Tour. Mickelson missed the cut at Colonial but finished T-24 in Connecticut, and his Muirfield Village credentials include just three top-10s in 19 previous trips. He will be joined by Spieth, who has struggled in his last two starts but has always been weak at this course, and Cantlay, who won the Memorial last year and finished T-11 at Travelers in his first. departure since February.
Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day
Thomas was in the top 10 in each of his first two starts last month on his return to action before missing the cup in Connecticut. Koepka will make his first start since withdrawing from Travelers as a COVID-19 precaution once his younger brother tested positive, while Day has missed three of four cuts since returning, including last week in Detroit, and has dropped out of the top 60 in the world rankings for the first time since August 2010.
Patrick Reed, Matthew Wolff, Rickie Fowler
Reed already has one win (Mexico) and one playoff loss (Kapalua) under his belt this year, and has mixed up the top 25 and missed cups since returning from the Tour. It will be his fifth start in as many weeks, and he will be joined by Wolff who spat out a three-stroke lead Sunday in Detroit before settling for a second that still marked his first top 10 in a year. Fowler will round out the squad after a T-12 finish at Rocket Mortgage which marked his first cut since returning from hiatus.
Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Gary Woodland
The world number 2 remains on the hunt for his first top 30 since returning to action as a missed cut in Fort Worth was followed by average finishes in South Carolina and Connecticut. Rahm will play the first two rounds alongside Hovland, who won earlier this year in Puerto Rico and finished in the top 25 in each of his last four starts. The trio will be completed by Woodland, as the defending US Open champion will look to bounce back from a missed cut to the Travelers on a course where he finished T-4 in 2016.