This week the Tour travels to Fort Worth, Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. The event is held at the beautiful track known as Colonial Country Club. Players have the ability to go very low at Colonial resulting in an entertaining weekend for you birdie lovers. Let’s take a closer look at the course.
Colonial Country Club will play host to its 65th PGA Tour event this week. A historic course on Tour and one loved by many pros, Colonial is a spectacular venue to hold a golf tournament. The course plays as a Par 70 measuring 7054 Yards. This topic does not come up very often but the possibility of a 59 being shot is not out of the question. 6 Players have fired 61 at Colonial and share the course record. Chad Campbell was the most recent player to fire 61 and he did it in 2004.
With the golf course being so generous, the tournament will be decided by one thing, putting. The player who gets the flat stick going on Thursday and continues until Sunday afternoon will most likely hold the trophy. It further helps that colonial has large greens, inviting players to attack pins all week.
Holes 3, 4 and 5 are known as the Horrible Horseshoe around the hallowed grounds at Colonial. Over the past 26 years they have played as the 3 of the 4 hardest holes on the golf course, and players are always thrilled to walk to the 6th tee on a 3-hole par streak. Pay attention to the demanding and intimidating shots facing the players through this tough stretch, and be thankful your home course doesn’t have the same.
This week will feature some of the Top Fed Ex point players and 13 past Major champions. 9 past champions will be in the field, a group that includes household names like ((David Toms (2011), Zach Johnson (2010), Rory Sabbatini (2007), and Sergio Garcia (2001)).
Colonial is a course players tend to play well on multiple times. Due to the fact a premium is put on putting, course knowledge is essential. Look for the leader board to be filled with players who have had success here in the past.
This week has only 2 player in the Top 10 World Golf Rankings (Matt Kuchar 5th, Hunter Mahan 6th), but I fully expect an entertaining golf tournament. Players tend to raise their level of play when many of the big name players are out of the tournament. That may seem like an oddity, but it has been a common trend on the PGA Tour.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. **Odds are based on 5dimes.com**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
This week we go with some of the top end talent who has previously had success here. We also have a long shot that loves this course but has battled injuries over the past year. I would like to make a note that golfers who have the afternoon (Thursday) and morning Friday will battle with high winds. Gusts are supposed to reach 50km per hour Thursday. We are only taking 1 player who tees off in the afternoon Thursday and that is because he is an excellent wind player.
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