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PGA - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st
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:  62nd
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:  Phil Mickelson (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Tim Clark, Rod Pampling
Tournament Record:  261 (Kenny Perry, 2003, 2005)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Kenny Perry, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Kenny Perry, 2005)
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
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Phil Mickelson266Pat Perez272
Tim Clark267Geoff Ogilvy273
Rod Pampling267Jeff Quinney273
Stephen Ames269Matt Kuchar274
Ben Crane270Five players at275
 
Past Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Rod Pampling---------T-66mcT-44T-63rdT-12T-2
Tim Clark------------mcT-14T-21---T-12T-2
Stephen Ames---mcT-26---T-453rdT-38T-4T-524th
Ben Crane---------------wdT-17T-4---5th
Jeff Quinney------------------------T-36T-7
Geoff Ogilvy------T-34mcmcT-63T-38------T-7
Matt Kuchar------------------------T-369th
Brian Gay---T-41T-2T-68T-45T-14T-57T-12mcT-10
Mike WeirT-72T-8T-58T-36---T-61mcT-40---T-15
Ian Poulter---------------------------T-15
David TomsmcT-4T-8T-2wdT-44T-3T-30T-18T-26
Bart Bryant------------------T-57---mcT-26
Sean O'Hair---------------------------T-26
Nick O'Hern---------------------T-12T-12T-33
Justin LeonardT-3961stT-5T-192ndT-14T-26T-56T-18T-33
Anthony Kim------------------------T-18T-40
Daniel Chopra------------------T-57T-40mcT-40
Kenny PerryT-33T-41T-26T-2WonT-12WonT-37mcT-46
Tim HerronT-2T-1369thmcT-40T-63mcWonT-46T-52
Billy MayfairT-7mcT-20T-61T-21mc2ndT-40T-46T-52
Brian Davis---------------------------T-59
Steve FleschT-47T-31T-46T-8T-13WonmcT-25T-6179th
Rory Sabbatini---70thwdmcT-5T-31T-664thWonmc
Jim FurykT-55T-8T-22mcT-5---T-26T-17T-2mc
Tom LehmanT-26---T-15T-23mc---T-44T-65T-5mc
Scott VerplankT-21T-20wdT-19T-62T-35T-32---T-7mc
Steve Stricker---------mc------T-13---T-24mc
Ted Purdy---------------mcT-13T-25T-36mc
Chad Campbell---------T-28T-402ndmcT-30T-36mc
Hunter Mahan---------------T-63T-44T-71mcmc
Stewart CinkT-21T-2T-26T-33T-13T-14T-57T-4T-18---
Davis Love IIIT-11T-2---T-5---T-35mcT-17T-58---
J.B. Holmes------------------------mc---
Trevor Immelman------------------------mc---
Zach Johnson---------------T-14T-26T-30------
Justin Rose------------------T-13T-45------
Luke Donald---------T-48T-71T-63------------
Vijay SinghT-11T-41T-11T-12------------------
Paul Casey------------------------------
Adam Scott------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jim Furyk
Darkhorse - Justin Leonard
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ian Poulter) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brian Davis) - Finished 2nd
 
NOTES:
Fifteen of the top-30 players in the world are expected to compete this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, including four of the top-10 - Paul Casey (3), Geoff Ogilvy (6), Kenny Perry (7) and Vijay Singh (9). Casey is playing in this event for the first time. He jumped to No. 3 in the world following his win last week at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour. He has won three times this year, twice on the European Tour and once on the PGA Tour. World No. 2 Phil Mickelson will not be defending his title this week, as he is taking time off to be with his wife, Amy, who is battling breast cancer.

This is the third year of a six-year deal as title sponsor for Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $6.2 million, with the winner receiving $1,116,000.

Last year, Mickelson made a dramatic closing birdie at the 18th hole to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by a shot. In a tie with Rod Pampling and Tim Clark, Mickelson so badly sliced his last drive of the final round that he 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 at Colonial, having previously won here in 2000. Mickelson shot a two-under 68 in the final round to finish at 14-under 266, becoming the seventh straight winner of this event who held at least a share of the lead heading into the final round.

In 2007, Rory Sabbatini birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer. Sabbatini fired weekend rounds of 62-67 to finish the event at 14-under-par 266. The 2007 playoff was the first three-man playoff in tournament history. 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. There have now been nine playoffs in tournament history.

In 2005, Kenny Perry won by seven shots over Billy Mayfair in a record- breaking performance to claim his second victory at the Colonial in three years. Perry completed the event at 19-under-par 261 to tie the tournament scoring record that he set in 2003. He established a new 36-hole record, and broke his own 54-hole mark from 2003. Perry is the all-time leader in career earnings at this event with $2,643,181.

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 sponsors' exemption with rounds of 71-74.

Nick Price recorded the greatest comeback in Colonial history. Trailing third- round leader Scott Simpson by seven shots in 1994, 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 this event 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 of this event. 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 at Colonial, the last being Baker-Finch in 1989.

Tom Kite's streak of 29 consecutive cuts made ended in 2002 when he missed the cut. The longest current streak is held by Justin Leonard, who has made 15 cuts in a row at Colonial. Leonard has five top-10s and eight top-20s in his 15 starts, and one of his starts was as an amateur in 1993 when he tied for 71st. Gary Player made 17 starts at Colonial without ever missing the cut.

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 moves to Dublin, Ohio next week for Jack Nicklaus' event, the Memorial Tournament, where Kenny Perry is the defending champion.

05/26 14:15:43 ET

As of May 26, 2009, at 02:16 PM ET