This week the PGA Tour heads to a familiar venue, Colonial Country Club, for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Colonial was opened in 1936 and designed by Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus and has been a staple in the Fort Worth area ever since. Colonial Country Club is an important location throughout the years. This venue has paid tribute to some monumental moments in tour history. Colonial was the first course south of the Mason-Dixon Line to host a US Open in 1941. It is also the course where the first woman played in a PGA Tour event since the 1940’s when Annika Sorenstam teed it up in 2001.
The tournaments 72-hole record belongs to Zach Johnson in 2010 with a 259. The 18-hole record belongs to six players who all shot 61 (Keith Clearwater, Lee Jansen, Greg Kraft, Kenny Perry, Justin Leonard and Chad Campbell).
Dates: May 21-24 2015
Stats: Par 70, 7,204 yards
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel-4-7 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel-4-7 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Purse: $6.5 million total purse, $1.17 million winners share
Crown Plaza Invitational Horrible Horseshoe Breakdown
This is not a “tricky” course but rather a masterful blend of tight fairways and multiple doglegs. Regardless of length players can’t just bomb it away this week. When events have nicknames for sections of the course it talks to the challenge players may face. At Augusta you have “Amen Corner”, and at Colonial you have the “Horrible Horseshoe.”
This group consists of a three-hole stretch on the front nine encompassing holes three, four and five. The third hole is routinely the second hardest hole on the course playing as a 483 yard par-4. This hole requires an accurate tee shot that avoids that strategically placed trees and bunkers while leaving a long second shot into a challenging green. Players that make birdie here will feel like they stole one from the field.
The fourth hole is a 247 yard par-3. Let me say that again, a 247 yard par 3. If the length of the hole is not challenging enough consider that the green on this monster is elevated and challenging to hold for the players. Colonial has hosted events for over 60 years and nobody has ever aced this hole. Number four is a hole players take par on and walk away with a smile.
The fifth is statistically the most challenging of all the holes at Colonial. It plays as a 481 yard par-4 with a small landing area protected by a ditch to the left and water down the right. A narrow green awaits a long approach shot that will have players happy to walk away with par. If a player can navigate three thru five under par this week you are probably looking at this year’s winner. Without a doubt this year’s winner will be worthy of being called champion after managing this course.
Crown Plaza Invitational Top Picks
A full field will be at Colonial CC this week for the event. Who is the most likely to win this week at the 2015 Crown Plaza Invitational? Attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack. It’s time to get to the predictions and picks for the 2015 Crown Plaza Invitational at the Colonial.
|Jordan Spieth||I will throw out the Match Play animal and rare missed cut at the Players. His five starts prior include a tie for 11th, two runner-ups, his second career win at the Valspar Championship, and his first career major win at the Masters. I will call it post Master jitters for now. At Colonial, he was tied for 14th in 2014, and tied for 7th in 2013; his only two starts. In those, he has played six of his eight rounds under 70. Lets see him return to form this week.|
|David Toms||He is another player who loves Colonial. Since 2000 here are his Colonial stats: tied for 4th (2000), tied for 8th (2001), tied for 2nd (2002), tied for 3rd (2005), tied for 18th (2007), tied for 26th (2008), tied for 27th (2009), tie for 13th (2010) and won this event in 2011. He missed the cut in 2012 and 2013 but came back to finish tied for 5th last year. If there is ever a time for Toms to turn back that clock it is at Colonial.|
|Zach Johnson||When making a contenders list for Colonial it is impossible to keep Zach Johnson off the list. Just looking at the last four years at this event Johnson has a 3rd in 2013, 4th place finish in 2011, a tie for 9th in 2009, and won this event twice including 2012 and his record setting 2010 performance. He has five top-20s in his last six starts including a tie for 9th at the Masters and a tie for 13th at the Players.|