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PGA - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 25th
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:  67th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Boo Weekley
Runner-Up:  Matt Kuchar
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
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Boo Weekley266John Rollins269
Matt Kuchar267Tim Clark270
Zach Johnson268Jordan Spieth270
Scott Stallings269Chris Stroud270
Matt Every269Josh Teater270
 
Past Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Boo Weekley (266) -- Matt Kuchar
2012Zach Johnson (268) -- Jason Dufner
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
Player2007200820092010201120122013
Boo Weekleymc------9th55thT-31Won
Matt KucharT-369thT-27T-56T-16T-262nd
Zach Johnson------T-9Won4thWon3rd
Steve FleschT-6179thmcmcT-44mcT-22
Hunter MahanmcmcT-27mcT-10T-37T-26
Jim FurykT-2mcT-9mcT-314thT-31
Bo Van PeltT-46T-70T-59T-103rdT-19T-31
Jason Dufnermc---T-59---mc2ndT-46
Rickie Fowler---------T-38T-16T-5T-54
Tim HerronT-46T-52T-34mcT-52mcT-65
Sang-Moon Bae---------------77thT-76
Rory SabbatiniWonmcT-34T-69T-16T-47mc
David TomsT-18T-26T-27T-13Wonmcmc
Jimmy Walker------------T-56------
Adam Scott------T-64---T-65------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jim Furyk
Darkhorse - Marc Leishman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kuchar) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Martin Flores) - Finished tied for 59th
 
NOTES:
Seven of the top 20 players in the world are expected to compete this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, including new world No. 1 Adam Scott. The Australian is joined by Americans Matt Kuchar (4), Jordan Spieth (9), Jim Furyk (12), Zach Johnson (13), Dustin Johnson (14) and Jimmy Walker (17).

Scott replaced Tiger Woods atop the world golf rankings this week. This will be the first tournament Scott will play as the top player in the world. Woods has been out of action since March due to back surgery. Scott is the first Australian to be No. 1 since Greg Norman in 1997. Scott is still looking for his first win of 2014.

Kuchar has five top-10 finishes in his last six events, including a victory at the RBC Heritage in April. He leads the PGA Tour in top-10 finishes this season with nine. No other player has more than six.

Furyk has finished as the runner-up in his last two events, the Players Championship and Wells Fargo Championship. He has not missed the cut in 10 tournaments played in 2014. In fact, Furyk has not missed the cut in his last 17 tournaments dating back to July, 2013.

Zach Johnson, the 2010 and 2012 champion, has finished in the top 10 at this event the last five years. He has never missed a cut here in eight appearances, with his worst finish being a tie for 30th in 2006. Johnson tied for third last year.

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 Phil Mickelson.

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, Boo Weekley used four birdies in a 6-hole span in the final round to grab the lead, and he held on to win. Weekley, who won for the third time on the PGA Tour, closed with a 4-under 66 to finish at 14-under-par 266.

In 2012, Johnson became the 11th player to win this title multiple times. 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). Kenny Perry, Price, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Trevino, Corey Pavin, Mickelson and Johnson are 2-time winners. Hogan in 1946 is the only player to win both the Byron Nelson Championship and the Colonial in the same season.

In 2011, 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 posted 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 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.

Johnson fired a 6-under 64 in the final round to come from behind and win by three strokes over Brian Davis in 2010. Johnson finished at 21-under-par 259 to set a new tournament scoring record.

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.

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.

The PGA Tour travels to Ohio next week for the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, where Kuchar captured the 2013 title.

05/20 16:08:51 ET

As of May 20, 2014, at 04:09 PM ET

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