The golf season restarts this week with the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge, when a highly talented field takes on Colonial Country Club. Fans won’t be in attendance for at least the first four tournaments and only essential personnel will be allowed around players. The top five in the world lead the field, with William Hill listing No. 1 Rory McIlroy as the 15-2 the favorite in the latest 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge odds.

The Northern Irishman could be challenged by No. 2 Jon Rahm (12-1) and No. 4 Justin Thomas (16-1), while third-ranked Brooks Koepka and No. 5 Dustin Johnson are at 28-1. Before you make any 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge picks of your own, you need to check out the PGA Tour predictions from SportsLine’s resident golf insider, Sal Johnson

A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson is coming off a very strong 2019 season. He featured Tiger Woods in his best bets for the Masters and backed Brooks Koepka in his picks for the PGA Championship, and both players pulled off major victories. He completely nailed the season-ending Tour Championship. He predicted that McIlroy, Koepka or Xander Schauffele could come out on top, and McIlroy won the event for the second time, with Schauffele coming in second and Koepka tied for third. Anyone who followed Johnson’s advice saw huge returns. 

He also knows what it takes to win at Colonial. He totally called it in 2018, expecting Justin Rose to finally break through again, and the Englishman won by three strokes. “This is a perfect course for his game,” Johnson wrote. “It’s high time he won, and it could be this week.” In 2017, he pegged Kevin Kisner as one of the players to watch, noting his history in the event and his performance in the key stats. Kisner went 10 under par to get the second of his three PGA wins. 

And before the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the last full event before the layoff, Johnson made special mention of the strong momentum Tyrrell Hatton came in with. The 28-year-old led after the second and third rounds and shot 74 in very tough conditions to take his first PGA Tour title by a stroke. 

Now, Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour,” a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who has worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world’s top golf statistics database, has released his highly confident 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge picks here, and they will surprise you.

Top 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge expert picks

Johnson wants no part of Dustin Johnson this week, even though the veteran is one of the most talented players on Tour. The 35-year-old is fifth in the world, but his power game doesn’t fit the course. Johnson has 23 professional wins, but his rust and inconsistency make him tough to back, even at 28-1.

Johnson has been watching Jon Rahm since the Spaniard turned pro in 2016, and he is well aware of the talent he possesses. The 25-year-old tied for third in his last event, the WGC-Mexico Championship, and has finished in the top 25 in all five of his PGA starts this season, including a runner-up at the Farmers. He is sixth on Tour in scoring average and third in total strokes gained.

The golf stats guru also has kept a close eye on Justin Thomas, who has been on fire and is second in the FedEx Cup standings. The 26-year-old has won twice this season, giving him 12 career Tour victories, and has finished in the top 10 in five of his eight events. He won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a combined 34 under par and is fourth on Tour in scoring average at 69.23.

How to make 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge predictions

Johnson is all over a monster long shot who is one of the shortest hitters in the field. His playing style and course conditions could put him in line for a shocking victory. Anyone who backs this underdog could hit it big. 

Who wins the Charles Schwab Challenge? Where do Rahm and Thomas finish? And which monster long shot is a must-back? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson’s full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge, all from the insider who nailed the Tour Championship and knows what it takes to win at Colonial.

2020 Charles Schwab Challenge odds

Rory McIlroy 15-2
Jon Rahm 12-1
Justin Thomas 16-1
Bryson DeChambeau 22-1
Webb Simpson 22-1
Patrick Reed 28-1
Dustin Johnson 28-1
Brooks Koepka 28-1

Xander Schauffele 28-1
Rickie Fowler 33-1
Sungjae Im 33-1
Tony Finau 40-1
Marc Leishman 40-1
Matt Kucher 45-1
Collin Morikawa 45-1
Justin Rose 45-1
Scottie Scheffler 45-1
Jordan Speith 45-1
Shane Lowry 50-1
Gary Woodland 50-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 50-1
Kevin Na 50-1
Jason Day 55-1
Viktor Hovland 55-1
Sergio Garcia 55-1

Louis Oosthuzen 55-1
Daniel Berger 60-1
Joaquin Niemann 66-1
Billy Horschel 66-1
Byeong Hun An 66-1
Joey Dahmen 70-1
Ryan Palmer 70-1
Kevin Kisner 70-1
Max Homa 70-1
Abraham Ancer 70-1
Harris English 70-1

Christiaan Bezuidenhout 80-1
Maverick McNealy 100-1
Adam Hadwin 100-1
Jason Kokrak 125-1
Bubba Watson 125-1
Matthew Wolff 125-1
Corey Conners 125-1
Brendan Steeler 125-1
Ian Poulter 125-1
Chez Reavie 125-1
Sebastian Munoz 125-1
Danny Willett 125-1
Rory Sabbatini 125-1
Ryan Moore 125-1
Phil Mickelson 125-1
Danny Lee 125-1
Russell Knox 125-1
Cameron Smith 125-1
Rafa Cabrera Bello 150-1
J.T. Poston 150-1
Brendon Todd 150-1
Andrew Putnam 150-1
Zach Johnson 150-1
Branden Grace 150-1
Tom Hoge 150-1
Jason Dufner 150-1
Graeme McDowell 150-1
Matthew NeSmith 150-1
Erik van Rooyen 150-1
Emiliano Grillo 150-1
Victor Perez 150-1
Kevin Streelman 150-1
Talor Gooch 150-1
Charley Hoffman 150-1
Harold Varner 150-1
Brian Harman 150-1
Keegan Bradley 150-1
Sung Kang 150-1
Jimmy Walker 150-1
Scott Piercy 150-1
Harry Higgs 150-1
Charles Howell 150-1
Jim Furyk 150-1
Lanto Griffin 150-1
Alex Noren 150-1
Patrick Rodgers 150-1
Kevin Tway 200-1
Cameron Davis 200-1
Nate Lashley 200-1
Tom Lewis 200-1
Keith Mitchell 200-1
Si Woo Kim 200-1
Denny McCarthy 200-1
Beau Hossler 200-1
Nick Watney 200-1
Vaughn Taylor 200-1
Jhonattan Vegas 200-1
Bud Cauley 200-1
Jazz Janewattananond 200-1
Cameron Champ 200-1
C.T. Pan 200-1
Adam Long 200-1
Mackenzie Hughes 200-1
Chris Kirk 200-1
Wyndham Clark 200-1
Dylan Frittelli 200-1
Carlos Ortiz 200-1
Lucas Glover 200-1
Matt Wallace 200-1
Andrew Landry 250-1
Matt Jones 250-1
Robby Shelton 250-1
Brice Garnett 250-1
Mark Hubbard 250-1
Sam Ryder 250-1
Pat Perez 250-1
Kramer Hickok 300-1
Bronson Burgoon 300-1
Steve Stricker 300-1
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 300-1
Andy Ogletree 300-1
Troy Merritt 300-1
Peter Uihlein 300-1
Sepp Straka 350-1
Xinjun Zhang 350-1
Zac Blair 350-1
Tyler Duncan 350-1
Chesson Hadley 350-1
Doc Redman 350-1
Bill Haas 350-1
Richy Werenski 350-1
Henrik Norlander 350-1
Brian Gay 400-1
Andam Schenk 400-1
Jim Herman 500-1
Doug Ghim 500-1
Scott Brown 500-1
Josh Teater 500-1
Brin Stuard 500-1
Tyler McCumber 500-1
Patton Kizzire 500-1
Bernhard Langer 500-1
Chad Champbell 500-1
Scott Harrison 500-1
J.J. Henry 750-1
John Senden 750-1
Franklin Corpening 1000-1
Keith Clearwater 1000-1
Olin Browne 1000-1
Scott McCarron 1000-1
David Frost 1000-1
Tom Lehman 1000-1