McIlroy leads big names heading to Charles Schwab

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will be among six of the world’s leading top-10 players heading to the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas for the PGA Tour’s return to competition next month.

McIlroy will be making his Tour debut at the US$7.5m event to be played at the famed Colonial club in Fort Worth.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: PGA Tour)

The 31-year-old will join the likes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Tommy Fleetwood, who will be teeing it up on June 11th.

“I just want to get back out and play. So right now, I’m planning to play the first three events…and then see where we go from there,” said McIlroy, who will also play the RBC Heritage (June 18-21) and the Travelers Championship (June 25-28).

“That’s my plan, play the first three. I think it will be nice to get back out and play.”

“Obviously we’re going to have to take as many precautions as possible to be able to put Tour events on again, but I think the PGA Tour has got a very robust plan in place, and if they can execute it the right way, I see no reason why we can’t start June 11. If we do, I’ll be ready to go in Fort Worth.”

A year ago, five of the then world’s top-10 made the trip to Fort Worth while another five inside the top-20 in the world with World No.13 at the time, Tony Finau, finishing runner-up to winner, Kevin Na, but a distant four shots behind.

Following what will be a three month hiatus, World No. 1 McIlroy is understandably keen to get back out and compete.

“I miss the competition. I miss the buzz of getting into contention and playing in those last few groups on a Sunday and really feeling that. I also miss the locker room. I miss being around people. I miss the banter that goes on in the locker rooms and the camaraderie that people don’t see.”

“I was playing pretty well when this all happened in March, so I would like to just really pick up where I left off. That would be nice.”

On the Australian front, Jason Day, Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones are already confirmed to play.