The PGA Tour moves down the road from Las Colinas to Fort Worth for the Texas Swing finale’. The Crowne Plaza Invitational at the historic Colonial Golf Course. The real Hogan’s Alley! FedEx Cup points leader, Jimmy Walker will take the field along with the new World’s Number One, Adam Scott and a nice field of PGA Tour players.
Boo Weekly ended a five-year win-less streak last year by catching, and beating Matt Kuchar on Sunday. Weekly fired a four under par 66 on Sunday afternoon to give the then, 39 year-old his third PGA Tour victory.
The field this year will feature eight of the top 25 golfers in the world. The obvious missing, are the top Europeans who are in Virginia Waters this week to compete at the BMW PGA Championship. The BMW is one of Europe’s more prestigious events, and carries Ryder Cup considerations.
As a long-time resident of the North Texas area, I have played at both TPC Four Seasons, and Colonial Country Club. Both play to a par of 70, but Colonial is steeped in history that surround the careers of Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson.
Colonial is 7204 yards, and was designed by Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus in the mid 1930′s and was opened for play in 1936. The US Open arrived in 1941, and was the first major championship that was hosted South of the Mason Dixon Line.
The annual PGA Tour tournament at Colonial has been running every year since 1946, and is the longest running yearly
tournament at one venue on the PGA Tour. Colonial also hosted the second Players Championship in 1975, the 1991 US Women’s Open, and in 2003, Anika Sorenstam became the first woman to play in a PGA event since World War II at Colonial.
Like The Byron Nelson Championship, The Crowne Plaza Invitational will feature a $6.4 Million Dollar purse, and the winner will receive 500 FedEx Cup points along with a check for $1.119 Million dollars.
A host of PGA Tour pros have shared the course record 61 over the years, but Zach Johnson set the 72 hole tournament record at 259 in his second victory during the 2010 event.
The newly crowned number one player in the Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR), Adam Scott will join 15 of the season’s 21 tournament champions including FedEx Cup leader, Jimmy Walker. Scott will be attempting to complete the Texas Grand Slam.
Scott has won the Shell Houston Open in 2007, the Byron Nelson in ’08 and the Valero Texas Open in 2010.
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