That was quite the tournament last week. Sang-Moon Bae picked up his first career PGA Tour victory, and we had our 90 to 1 shot in contention all tournament (Scott Piercy). A tough Sunday eventually hurt Piercy, but we come right back this week with some excellent selections. The Tour makes the short trip down the road when it 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 66th 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. Six 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 27 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 15 past Major champions. Six past champions will be in the field, a group that includes household names like ((David Toms (2011), Zach Johnson (2010), Rory Sabbatini (2007), and Corey Pavin (1996)).
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 one player in the Top 10 World Golf Rankings (Louis Oosthuizen 8th), 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.
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CHRIS KIRK 45 TO 1 – We go with another man from Georgia for our next selection. Chris has enjoyed a solid 2013 season, making the cut in all but one of his 12 starts. His best finish came earlier this season when he was runner up to Brandt Snedeker at The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Kirk currently sits 20th for Fed Ex Cup Rankings and I feel he could make a big leap this week at Colonial. In Kirk’s last two starts at Colonial he has a T5 (2012) and a T16 (2011). One part of Kirk’s game that has significantly improved in 2013 in his putting. Last season Kirk ranked 124 for Strokes Gained through Putting. This season he is one of the best on Tour for putting, ranking 19th for Total Putting and 7th for Strokes Gained through Putting. I expect Kirk to continue to roll the ball in the hole with ease this week and contend yet again at Colonial.