Colonial guide

A form guide, stats and tips ahead of this week's PGA Tour event - the Crowne Plaza Invitational

Last Updated: 22/05/13 3:35pm

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The 13th hole at Colonial

The 13th hole at Colonial

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The PGA Tour is in Texas for a fourth and final time this season this week.

The much-loved Colonial Country Club, which is laid out along the floodplain of the Trinity River, has hosted the tournament since 1946.

Tight fairways and tricky dog-legs are in abundance on a course that was opened 77 years ago.

A number of changes were made to bunkers, greens and tees in 2008 to renovate a course that is steeped in golf history.

Local Fort Worth resident Ben Hogan was a regular visitor to Colonial and the nine-time Major champion won the Invitational on five occasions - including the inaugural event.

SELECTED PLAYERS with GOOD to REASONABLE FORM at COLONIAL

Last Eight Years

Player: '05 / '06 / '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11 / '12

Stewart Cink: 57 / 4 / 18 / - / 22 / 22 / 16 / -
Tim Clark: 21 / - / 12 / 2 / 2 / 56 / - / 19
Ben Crane: 17 / 4 / - / 5 / 46 / 3 / MC / 10
Rickie Fowler: - / - / - / - / - / 38 / 16 / 5
Jim Furyk: 26 / 17 / 2 / MC / 9 / MC / 31 / 4
Brian Gay: 57 / 12 / MC / 10 / 27 / 33 / 31 / MC
Tim Herron: MC / Won / 46 / 52 / 34 / MC / 52 / MC
Freddie Jacobson: 16 / 17 / MC / MC / 46 / 38 / 31 / -
Zach Johnson: 26 / 30 / - / - / 9 / Won / 4 / Won
Chris Kirk: - / - / - / MC* / - / - / 16 / 5
Matt Kuchar: - / - / 36 / 9 / 27 / 56 / 16 / 26
Martin Laird: - / - / - / - / - / 10 / 10 / -
Tom Lehman: 44 / 65 / 5 / MC / 13 / - / MC / -
Justin Leonard: 26 / 56 / 18 / 33 / 13 / MC / MC / MC*
Hunter Mahan: 44 / 71 / MC / MC / 27 / MC / 10 / 37
Bryce Molder: - / - / - / - / - / 5 / MC / 31
Sean O'Hair: - / - / - / 26 / 18 / MC / 16 / -
Jeff Overton: - / - / - / - / 13 / 3 / 65 / MC
Corey Pavin: 26 / 11 / MC / 15 / 18 / 7 / MC / 31
Pat Perez: 44 / - / 4 / 6 / - / 10 / 62 / 63
Rory Sabbatini: 6 / 64 / Won / MC / 34 / 69 / 16 / 47
John Senden: 38 / 45 / MC / MC / 18 / 56 / 8 / 37
Vijay Singh: - / - / - / - / 6 / 33 / MC / 47
David Toms: 3 / 30 / 18 / 26 / 27 / 13 / Won / MC
Bo Van Pelt: 17 / 12 / 46 / 70 / 59 / 10 / 3 / 19
Charlie Wi: - / - / - / 15 / 13 / 75 / 2 / 41

Note: MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

SELECTED PLAYERS with POOR to MEDICORE FORM at COLONIAL

Last Eight Years

(No Top-30 Finishes from three or more starts since 2005)

Player: '05 / '06 / '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11 / '12

Greg Chalmers: - / - / - / - / - / 44 / 31 / 47
Keith Clearwater: MC / MC / MC / MC / MC / - / MC / MC
John Daly: - / - / - / - / - / 66 / MC / 41
Brendon de Jonge: - / - / - / - / - / 59 / 56 / 41
Bob Estes: 62 / 56 / MC / - / 41 / - / - / MC
David Frost: MC / 56 / MC / MC / - / - / MC / -
Colt Knost: - / - / - / MC / - / - / MC / MC
Greg Owen: - / - / MC / - / 59 / - / - / 31
DA Points: MC / - / - / - / MC / MC / - / -
Andres Romero: - / - / - / - / - / MC / MC / 66
Johnson Wagner: - / - / MC / 46 / MC / - / - / MC
Yong-Eun Yang: - / - / - / MC / MC / MC / - / 31

TOP-10 Finishers at COLONIAL in 2012 (Not Listed Above)

Jason Dufner: (2nd)
Tommy Gainey: (3rd)
Harris English: (T-5th)
John Huh: (T-5th)
Ryan Palmer: (T-5th)
Jonas Blixt: (T-10th)
Jonathan Byrd: (T-10th)

LOWEST 15 STROKE AVERAGES at COLONIAL

(Last Four Years - 2009/12)

Average (Rounds)

66.69: Zach Johnson (16)
67.75: Martin Laird (8)
67.93: David Toms (14)
68.08: Stewart Cink (12)
68.08: Tim Clark (12)
68.38: Bo Van Pelt (16)
68.50: Jim Furyk (14)
68.50: Bryce Molder (10)
68.55: Brian Davis (11)
68.58: Rickie Fowler (12)
68.64: Jeff Overton (14)
68.70: Sean O'Hair (10)
68.75: Freddie Jacobson (12)
68.79: Corey Pavin (14)
68.86: Vijay Singh (14)

Min. No. of Rounds = 8

MOST TOP-15 Finishes in TEXAS

(Since Apr 1st 2008)

(Does Not Include Tournaments Staged at Colonial Country Club)

Total

8: Charley Hoffman
5: Brian Davis
5: James Driscoll
5: Matt Kuchar
5: Marc Leishman
5: Jeff Overton
5: Pat Perez
5: DA Points

LOWEST ROUNDS at COLONIAL SINCE 2000

61: Kenny Perry (2003)
61: Justin Leonard (2003)
61: Chad Campbell (2004)
62: Nine times
63: 25 times

Note: The lowest score prior to 2000 was 61, carded by Keith Clearwater and Lee Janzen in 1993, as well as Greg Kraft in 1999.

Colonial Country Club: Par 70; 7,204 yards

Winning Totals (Last Three Years):

2012: 268 (Zach Johnson)
2011: 265 (David Toms)
2010: 259 (Zach Johnson)

Conclusion

Brian Davis qualified for The Open earlier this week so will be in good heart for an event where the course really suits his game.

Davis likes to move the ball both ways which is a real positive at Colonial and this isn't a venue where his short-hitting will be exposed.

Runner-up here in 2010 and also sixth at the Houston Open on an earlier visit to Texas this year, the Englishman looks a decent bet at 16/1 to make the top five.

Ben Crane likes to plod his way around this track and can boast a fifth in 2008, a third in 2010 and a 10th last year.

Eighth at Sawgrass recently, the American is worth a go each-way at 40s.

Another steady-eddie completes the staking plan.

Tim Clark was runner-up in this event in both 2008 and 2009 and has had four other finishes of 21st or better.

He missed the cut at Sawgrass but he's not the most consistent player on the planet and an impressive 11th at Augusta last month suggests there's a big performance in him soon.

This looks an ideal track on which to produce it.

Clark and Davis both feature prominently in the Colonial stroke average chart above.

Best bets

2pts Brian Davis to finish in the top five at 16/1
1pt e.w. Ben Crane at 40/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
1pt e.w. Tim Clark at 40/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)

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