PGA Tour
PGA - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 24th through Sunday, May 27th
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:  65th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  David Toms
Runner-Up:  Charlie Wi
Tournament Record:  259 (Zach Johnson, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Kenny Perry, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  124 (David Toms, 2011)
Course Record:  61 (Lee Janzen, Keith Clearwater, 1993; Greg Kraft, 1999;
  Kenny Perry, Justin Leonard, 2003; Chad Campbell, 2004)
Total Purse:  $6,400,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,152,000; 2nd Place - $691,200; 3rd Place - $435,200
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
David Toms265Chez Reavie272
Charlie Wi266Kevin Stadler273
Bo Van Pelt270Bill Haas274
Zach Johnson271John Senden274
Robert Karlsson272Six players at275
 
Past Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011David Toms (265) -- Charlie Wi
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
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
David TomsT-2wdT-44T-3T-30T-18T-26T-27T-13Won
Charlie Wi------------------T-15T-1375th2nd
Bo Van Pelt------T-5T-17T-12T-46T-70T-59T-103rd
Zach Johnson------T-14T-26T-30------T-9Won4th
Bill Haas------------77th---mc---T-13T-8
Hunter Mahan------T-63T-44T-71mcmcT-27mcT-10
Stewart CinkT-33T-13T-14T-57T-4T-18---T-22T-22T-16
Rickie Fowler------------------------T-38T-16
Matt Kuchar---------------T-369thT-27T-56T-16
Rory SabbatinimcT-5T-31T-664thWonmcT-34T-69T-16
Sergio GarciamcmcT-35mc---------------T-16
Brian GayT-68T-45T-14T-57T-12mcT-10T-27T-33T-31
Jim FurykmcT-5---T-26T-17T-2mcT-9mcT-31
Mark Wilson---------------T-61T-10T-22mcT-31
Lucas Glover------mcmcmcT-29T-15T-41T-44T-40
Henrik Stenson------------------------T-27T-44
Steve FleschT-8T-13WonmcT-25T-6179thmcmcT-44
Tim HerronmcT-40T-63mcWonT-46T-52T-34mcT-52
Boo Weekley---------------mc------9th55th
Jeff Overton---------------------T-13T-3T-65
Jason Dufner---------------mc---T-59---mc
Nick Watney---------mc---mc------T-27---
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------------
Dicky Pride------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Rickie Fowler
Darkhorse - Pat Perez
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Adam Scott) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jonas Blixt) - Finished tied for 3rd
 
NOTES:
Seven of the top-22 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 Players champion Matt Kuchar at No. 5. He is joined by Hunter Mahan (6), Jason Dufner (14), Louis Oosthuizen (15), Rickie Fowler (20), Bill Haas (21) and 2001 champion Sergio Garcia (22).

Kuchar has the longest current cuts made streak on the PGA Tour with 18, dating back to July of last year. He has five top-10 finishes in 2012. Mahan and Dufner are the only two-time winners on tour this season. Dufner is coming off a victory last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Fowler has three straight top-10 finishes, including a win at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for second at The Players.

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. The purse increased $200,000 from last year to $6.4 million, with the winner receiving $1,152,000.

Colonial Country Club has hosted 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.

Last year, David Toms finally notched his 13th PGA Tour win by firing rounds of 62-62-74-67. Toms finished at 15-under 265 to best third-round leader Charlie Wi by one stroke. His last win came at the 2006 Sony Open, and he had six runner-up finishes since then. He lost in a playoff to K.J. Choi at The Players Championship the week prior to this tournament. Toms became the first player to lose a playoff one week and win the next event since Phil Mickelson in 2000, who completed that feat by winning this tournament.

Toms established a new 36-hole record by shooting two straight rounds of 62 for a total of 124. It equaled the best opening 36-hole score on the PGA Tour since 1970. Pat Perez opened with rounds of 61-63 at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic.

In 2010, 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. 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. There have been 10 playoffs in tournament history.

In 2008, 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.

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 tournament 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, 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.

The PGA Tour travels to Ohio next week for the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, where Steve Stricker captured the 2011 title.

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As of May 22, 2012, at 03:15 PM ET