Jordan Spieth has yet to win in his home state. He has come close twice this year - can it be third time lucky for the Texan?
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial preview: the lowdown
The Colonial opened in 1936 and hosted the US Open in 1941. Since 1946 it has hosted the PGA Tour every year.
As such there is plenty of historical evidence to go on in deciphering who might do well and how. But some of it is contradictory.
Take for example that each of the past six Crowne Plaza Invitational winners has come from behind on the final day.
That might be said to be good pointer as to who wins – or rather, who doesn’t. But the previous seven years prior to this sequence the 54-hole leader had gone on to win.
The European Tour’s flagship tournament, the PGA Championship at Wentworth, runs concurrently with the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. So some of the PGA Tour players such as Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Patrick Reed will therefore be teeing in up in Virginia Water rather than Texas.
But two Englishman will be competing in Texas – Paul Casey, who has given up his European Tour membership and Ian Poulter, who has given up on the PGA Championship, with only one top-25 finish in 13 starts in the event.
Venue: Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
Date: May 21-24, 2015
Course stats: par 72, 7,562 yards
Purse: $6,500,000 Winner: $1,170,000
Defending Champion: Adam Scott (-9)
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Jordan Spieth – has yet to win a tournament in his home state. Having come close twice this year, finishing runner-up at both San Antonio and Houston, the latter after a play-off to JB Holmes, can it be third time lucky?
Adam Scott – the defending champion is not in a good run of form. In his last six PGA Tour events he has missed the cut twice, including last week at the Wells Fargo, and his best finish is a tied 35th
Tom Watson – the 65 year old, whose last PGA Tour was at Colonial in 1998, is competing here for the first time since 2002.
Key hole: 5th. The final one of the trio of consecutive holes that make up the Horrible Horsehoe. This 481-yard par 4 dogleg right is the hardest hole on the course. The tee shot has cope with a ditch to the left and a river on the right. Then the approach is to a small green guarded by bunkers left and right.
Skills required: Positional play. The course is tight and has many doglegs.
Weather: Rain with the chance of thunderstorm is forecast for all four days.