• Featured groupings for Charles Schwab

    Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy
    Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy

    The top three golfers in the world have been grouped together for the opening two rounds of the PGA Tour’s resumption this week.

    Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka will play together in one of four featured groups announced by the PGA Tour on Sunday evening.

    After more than a two-month absence, competitive golf will finally make its much-anticipated return at the Colonial Country Club in Texas on Thursday.

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    It will be the very first time that McIlroy will take part in the event, while Rahm managed a T2 back in 2017.

    After a tough start to the year, losing his no 1 ranking due to injury, Koepka will also be relatively eager to hit the ground running come Thursday.

    In another exciting grouping, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth will tee off together in an all-American battle, which could make for very decent viewing.

    Spieth, who had a winless season on tour last year, will be hoping to draw some inspiration from his victory at Colonial in 2016 when he claimed a three-shot win.

    Another previous winner, Justin Rose, will also take part in a featured group, having been paired with Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland and defending champion Kevin Na will complete the fourth featured group for the Charles Schwab Challenge with Mickelson, also a two-time winner at the event in the past.

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    Last week the Official World Golf Ranking announced that the system will restart with the Charles Schwab Challenge, despite a lot of complaints from pros on the European Tour, who will only be on the course again by the end of July.

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    Article written by

    Andre Huisamen