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The Charles Schwab Challenge received a nice boost to its field this week.
Reigning British Open champion and Ryder Cup star Francesco Molinari has committed to the tournament, as well as Bryson DeChambeau, the No. 8-ranked player in the world.
Molinari is the No. 7 player in the world, and is best known for his rise over the last 12 months. The Italian had a breakthrough win at the British Open last summer, played a significant role in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory and then found himself leading the Masters before a final round collapse last month.
Molinari will be making his Colonial debut.
DeChambeau, meanwhile, played at SMU and is known as golf’s “scientist.” He has one win this season and has already earned more than $2 million. He finished T42 at last year’s Colonial.
With those additions, the Colonial is expected to have nine of the Top 15 players, although Justin Thomas’ status is in question after he pulled out of this week’s PGA Championship.
Still, it’s a standout field for Colonial.
Ian Poulter, the 28th-ranked player, has committed too.
Justin Rose, the defending champion and No. 2-ranked player in the world, and Rickie Fowler are headliners for the tournament, along with other top-ranked players such as Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Paul Casey and Tony Finau.
The tournament has more fan favorites in Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Jason Dufner and Cameron Champ.
Colonial expects to have around 122 players compete in this year’s tournament. Tickets are on sale through the tournament’s website, or by calling 817-927-4281. One-day general admission tickets are $50.