PGA Tour
PGA - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 19th through Sunday, May 22nd
SITE: Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: John Bredemus, Ralph Plummer (1936), Perry Maxwell
         (redesigned 3 holes, 1941), Keith Foster (1999, 2008)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,204
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 565 yds10 - Par 4 408 yds
2 - Par 4 389 yds11 - Par 5 635 yds
3 - Par 4 483 yds12 - Par 4 445 yds
4 - Par 3 247 yds13 - Par 3 190 yds
5 - Par 4 481 yds14 - Par 4 464 yds
6 - Par 4 406 yds15 - Par 4 430 yds
7 - Par 4 440 yds16 - Par 3 192 yds
8 - Par 3 194 yds17 - Par 4 387 yds
9 - Par 4 407 yds18 - Par 4 441 yds
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35 3,612 yds35 3,592 yds
 
Annual:  64th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Zach Johnson
Runner-Up:  Brian Davis
Tournament Record:  259 (Zach Johnson, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Kenny Perry, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Steve Stricker, 2009)
Course Record:  61 (Lee Janzen, Keith Clearwater, 1993; Greg Kraft, 1999;
  Kenny Perry, Justin Leonard, 2003; Chad Campbell, 2004)
Total Purse:  $6,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,116,000; 2nd Place - $669,600; 3rd Place - $421,600
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Zach Johnson259Scott Verplank264
Brian Davis262Ricky Barnes265
Ben Crane263Corey Pavin265
Jeff Overton263Boo Weekley266
Bryce Molder264Three players at267
 
Past Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Zach Johnson (259) -- Brian Davis
2009*Steve Stricker (263) -- Tim Clark, Steve Marino
2008Phil Mickelson (266) -- Tim Clark, Rod Pampling
2007*Rory Sabbatini (266) -- Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer
2006*Tim Herron (268) -- Richard S. Johnson
2005Kenny Perry (261) -- Billy Mayfair
2004Steve Flesch (269) -- Chad Campbell
2003Kenny Perry (261) -- Justin Leonard
2002Nick Price (267) -- Kenny Perry, David Toms
2001Sergio Garcia (267) -- Brian Gay, Phil Mickelson
2000Phil Mickelson (268) -- Stewart Cink, Davis Love III
1999Olin Browne (272) -- Fred Funk, Paul Goydos, Tim Herron, Greg Kraft,
Jeff Sluman
1998Tom Watson (265) -- Jim Furyk
1997David Frost (265) -- Brad Faxon, David Ogrin
1996Corey Pavin (272) -- Jeff Sluman
1995Tom Lehman (271) -- Craig Parry
1994*Nick Price (266) -- Scott Simpson
1993Fulton Allem (264) -- Greg Norman
1992*Bruce Lietzke (267) -- Corey Pavin
1991Tom Purtzer (267) -- David Edwards, Scott Hoch, Bob Lohr
1990Ben Crenshaw (272) -- John Mahaffey, Corey Pavin, Nick Price
1989Ian Baker-Finch (270) -- David Edwards
1988Lanny Wadkins (270) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Crenshaw, Joey Sindelar
1987Keith Clearwater (266) -- Davis Love III
1986*#Dan Pohl (205) -- Payne Stewart
1985Corey Pavin (266) -- Bob Murphy
1984*Peter Jacobsen (270) -- Payne Stewart
1983*Jim Colbert (278) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1982Jack Nicklaus (273) -- Andy North
1981Fuzzy Zoeller (274) -- Hale Irwin
1980Bruce Lietzke (271) -- Ben Crenshaw
1979Al Geiberger (274) -- Don January, Gene Littler
1978Lee Trevino (268) -- Jerry Heard, Jerry Pate
1977Ben Crenshaw (272) -- John Schroeder
1976Lee Trevino (273) -- Mike Morley
1975Hosted Tournament Players Championship won by Al Geiberger
1974Rod Curl (276) -- Jack Nicklaus
1973Tom Weiskopf (276) -- Bruce Crampton, Jerry Heard
1972Jerry Heard (275) -- Fred Marti
1971Gene Littler (283) -- Bert Yancey
1970Homero Blancas (273) -- Gene Littler, Lee Trevino
1969Gardner Dickinson (278) -- Gary Player
1968Billy Casper (275) -- Bert Yancey
1967Dave Stockton (278) -- Charles Coody
1966Bruce Devlin (280) -- R.H. Sikes
1965Bruce Crampton (276) -- George Knudson
1964Billy Casper (279) -- Tommy Jacobs
1963Julius Boros (279) -- Gary Player
1962*Arnold Palmer (281) -- Johnny Pott
1961Doug Sanders (281) -- Kel Nagle
1960Julius Boros (280) -- Gene Littler, Kel Nagle
1959*Ben Hogan (285) -- Fred Hawkins
1958Tommy Bolt (282) -- Ken Venturi
1957Roberto de Vicenzo (284) -- Dick Mayer
1956Mike Souchak (280) -- Tommy Bolt
1955Chandler Harper (276) -- Dow Finsterwald
1954Johnny Palmer (280) -- Fred Haas
1953Ben Hogan (282) -- Doug Ford, Cary Middlecoff
1952Ben Hogan (279) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1951Cary Middlecoff (282) -- Jack Burke Jr
1950Sam Snead (277) -- Skip Alexander
1949Not held due to bad weather
1948Clayton Heafner (272) -- Skip Alexander, Ben Hogan
1947Ben Hogan (279) -- Toney Penna
1946Ben Hogan (279) -- Harry Todd

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Bank of America Colonial (2003-06),
MasterCard Colonial (1995-2002), Southwestern Bell Colonial (1989-94), Colonial National Invitation Tournament (1946-88).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Zach Johnson---------T-14T-26T-30------T-9Won
Brian Davis---------------------T-59T-342nd
Jeff Overton------------------------T-13T-3
Ben Crane---------wdT-17T-4---5thT-46T-3
Scott VerplankwdT-19T-62T-35T-32---T-7mcT-34T-5
Bryce Molder---------------------------T-5
Corey PavinT-8T-28T-28T-31T-2611thmcT-15T-18T-7
Ricky Barnes---------------------------T-7
Boo Weekley------------------mc------9th
Martin Laird---------------------------T-10
David TomsT-8T-2wdT-44T-3T-30T-18T-26T-27T-13
Stewart CinkT-26T-33T-13T-14T-57T-4T-18---T-22T-22
Kenny PerryT-26T-2WonT-12WonT-37mcT-46T-34T-22
Henrik Stenson---------------------------T-27
Vijay SinghT-11T-12------------------T-6T-33
Brian GayT-2T-68T-45T-14T-57T-12mcT-10T-27T-33
Mike WeirT-58T-36---T-61mcT-40---T-15T-64T-33
Rickie Fowler---------------------------T-38
Lucas Glover---------mcmcmcT-29T-15T-41T-44
Jason Day---------------------mc4thT-50
Angel Cabrera---------------------------T-50
Matt Kuchar------------------T-369thT-27T-56
Stephen AmesT-26---T-453rdT-38T-4T-524thT-27T-59
Brandt Snedeker------------------T-29------T-59
Rory SabbatiniwdmcT-5T-31T-664thWonmcT-34T-69
Jim FurykT-22mcT-5---T-26T-17T-2mcT-9mc
Hunter Mahan---------T-63T-44T-71mcmcT-27mc
Tim Herron69thmcT-40T-63mcWonT-46T-52T-34mc
Steve FleschT-46T-8T-13WonmcT-25T-6179thmcmc
Adam Scott------------------------T-64---
Sergio GarciaWonmcmcT-35mc---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jason Day
Darkhorse - Jason Dufner
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Luke Donald) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (K.J. Choi) - Finished 1st
 
NOTES:
Five of the top-20 players in the world are expected to compete this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The highest-ranked player in the field is 2010 money winner Matt Kuchar at No. 10. He is joined by 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk (16), Hunter Mahan (18), Adam Scott (19) and Masters runner-up Jason Day (20).

Last year, Zach Johnson fired a six-under 64 in the final round to come from behind and win by three strokes over Brian Davis. Johnson finished at 21-under-par 259 to set a new tournament scoring record. Kenny Perry set the old mark of 261 in 2003 and again in 2005. Johnson won for the third time in the state of Texas, with his other two titles coming at the Texas Open.

In 2009, Steve Stricker birdied the second extra hole to defeat Tim Clark and Steve Marino. Stricker established a new 36-hole record of 126. There have been 10 playoffs in tournament history.

In 2008, Phil Mickelson made a dramatic closing birdie at the 18th hole to win by a shot. In a tie with Rod Pampling and Clark, Mickelson badly sliced his last drive of the final round and was stuck behind the trees with few options left for hitting the green. Nearly 150 yards away, Mickelson knocked his approach over the trees and onto the green, where it rolled to nine feet to set up the winning birdie. It was his second win here, having previously won in 2000.

In 2007, Rory Sabbatini birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Furyk and Bernhard Langer. Sabbatini fired weekend rounds of 62-67 to finish at 14-under-par 266. It was the second straight extra session, as Tim Herron defeated Richard S. Johnson in a playoff in 2006. The victory was Herron's fourth on the PGA Tour, but his first in 204 events, dating back to the 1999 Bay Hill Invitational.

Past winners of this event reads like a who's who in golf: Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Price and Mickelson.

In 2003, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to play in a PGA Tour event at the Colonial. She missed the cut on a sponsor's exemption with rounds of 71-74.

Price recorded the greatest comeback in Colonial history in 1994. Trailing third-round leader Scott Simpson by seven shots, Price carded a final-round 64 to tie Simpson and then defeated him in a playoff the following day.

Hogan is the only player to win this event more than twice (five times) and is the only player to win two straight years, which he accomplished twice (1946-47 and 1952-53). Perry, Price, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Trevino, Corey Pavin and Mickelson are two-time winners. Hogan in 1946 is the only player to win both the Byron Nelson Championship and the Colonial in the same season.

With his win in 2001, Sergio Garcia joined five players that collected their first PGA Tour victory at Colonial Country Club: Roberto de Vicenzo (1957), Dave Stockton (1967), Rod Curl (1974), Keith Clearwater (1987) and Ian Baker- Finch (1989). There have been nine wire-to-wire winners, the last being Baker-Finch in 1989.

Colonial Country Club has hosted this event since the tournament's inception in 1946. No other course has held a U.S. Open, a Tournament Players Championship and an annual PGA Tour event. In 1991, Colonial added the U.S. Women's Open to that unique repertoire. This is the second oldest PGA Tour event still being played at its original site. The Masters at Augusta National is the oldest. The course, built originally by John Bredemus and revised slightly by Perry Maxwell for the 1941 Open, has stood the test of time.

The PGA Tour remains in Texas next week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, where Jason Day captured the 2010 title.

05/17 16:50:59 ET

As of May 17, 2011, at 04:51 PM ET