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2020 Workday Charity Open field: 11 of world’s top 20 (but not Tiger) to play first half of PGA Tour’s Muirfield Village doubleheader

Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka headline a strong field in the warmup event for next week's Memorial Tournament

Eleven of the top 20 players in the world will be playing this week in the PGA Tour’s inaugural Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, the Tour confirmed over the weekend.

No. 2-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain and Americans Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka, who rank Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, in the Official World Golf Ranking, will headline the event. Americans Patrick Reed, who is ranked seventh, and No. 9 Patrick Cantlay also were scheduled to compete. One man who isn't: Tiger Woods. It will be the fifth consecutive week since the season restarted after a three-month suspension for the coronavirus pandemic that Woods, who is No. 14 in the world, has not played.

Play begins Thursday in the first of two consecutive events at the home club of Jack Nicklaus near his boyhood home in suburban Columbus, Ohio. The event was a late addition to the Tour’s revised schedule after the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., announced that it would not be held because of coronavirus-related restrictions in Illinois. The Workday event will precede the annual Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Other top players who committed as of Friday’s 5 p.m. EDT deadline: No. 11 Xander Schauffele, No. 13 Justin Rose, No. 16 Marc Leishman, No. 18 Gary Woodland, No. 19 Matt Kuchar and No. 20 Louis Oosthuizen.

Americans Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth also were among the commitments.

Chase Koepka, the younger brother of four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, was a late addition to the Workday Charity Open field, the PGA Tour confirmed in a news release.

Chase Koepka, 26, withdrew from the Travelers Championship two weeks ago after having Monday-qualified for the event, citing an abundance of caution because of potential exposure to COVID-19. He tested negative after having had close contact with two caddies who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

“Given the extraordinary circumstances that led to his withdrawal after Monday qualifying, a start in the Workday Charity Open as a result of his selfless act was the right thing to do,” said Tyler Dennis, the PGA Tour’s chief of operations. “The term abundance of caution was not part of our vernacular four months ago, and to that point, I can’t say enough about our players that put their Tour – and the health and safety of their peers and all involved with our tournaments and our communities – above their own goals.”

The addition of the younger Koepka expands the field size to 157.

Tee times are expected to be announced Tuesday.

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