Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 2012: Leaderboard Updates and Highlights

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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 2012: Leaderboard Updates and Highlights
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The PGA Tour moves to the Colonial Country Club in Texas this week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational, which is sure to be full of excitement as many of the world's best players look to earn a share of $6,400,000.

This is one of the few tournaments left on the PGA Tour before the U.S. Open begins in early June, so it's important to play well at this course and earn valuable experience on courses that punish mistakes.

David Toms will attempt to defend his 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational victory this week as he tries to win his first tournament of the season. Following a disappointing performance at the Masters, the 45-year-old American has played great in his last three tournaments.

Check back to this article daily for leaderboard updates, video highlights, and more from the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

 

Update: Sunday, May 27 at 6:30 ET

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With a double-bogey on the final hole, Zach Johnson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational. It is the second time in three years Johnson has won the tournament.

He barely survived against Jason Dufner.

Johnson finished two-over for the day and 12-under for the tournament while Dufner finished four-over for the day and 11-under overall.

Tommy Gainey came in third at seven-under while Jim Furyk was fourth at six-under.

Other notable names include Rickie Fowler, who finished in a tie for fifth, and Sergio Garcia, who finished in 13th.

 

Update: Sunday, May 27 at 5:30 ET

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Zach Johnson is beginning to pull away.

Well, maybe more appropriately stated, Jason Dufner is beginning to drift away. Dufner scored an atrocious seven (triple bogey) on hole No. 15, and now sits three strokes behind Johnson with just two holes to play.

It will take a minor miracle for Dufner to catch Johnson (-14) now.

 

Update: Sunday, May 27 at 4:40 ET

Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson have slowed down a bit, but they still have a controlling tie for the lead at 14-under through 12 holes.

Dufner has been very erratic. He double-bogied hole No. 9, bogied No. 11, and came back to birdie No. 12.

Meanwhile, Johnson has been a little more consistent. He has just two bogies and two birdies on the day, although his bogey on No. 12 combined with Dufner's birdie erased a two-shot lead.

With three birdies and no bogies on the day, 22-year-old John Huh has moved up to third place. He is eight-under through 13 holes. 

 

Update: Sunday, May 27 at 3:30 ET

Tommy Gainey is having a fantastic day. He is five-under through 11 holes to push him to nine-under for the tournament, but it's not going to be enough.

Because Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner are too far away.

Through seven holes, both men are one-under on the day. Johnson is 15-under and Dufner is 16-under. 

Rickie Fowler continues his hot play, as it looks apparent he'll grab yet another Top 10 finish. The mustached warrior is one-under for the day and five-under for the tournament. He sits in eighth place. 

 

Update: Saturday, May 26 at 5:50 ET

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The third round is in the books. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson have doubled up the field and are the only two golfers who truly have a chance to win tomorrow unless they both completely fall apart.

Both men played well as front-runners. Dufner shot four-under par on the day, and Johnson inched closer to his opponent by shooting five-under par. Dufner heads into Sunday's round with a perilous one-shot lead.

Other notable performances from Saturday's round:

Kelly Craft shot six-under par to move up into the top 10 on the leaderboard, and he currently stands at minus-four for the tournament.

David Hearn also had an excellent round, posting a five-under par round of 65 to move him into red figures at minus-two for the tournament.

Final Third Round Leaderboard Update

1. Jason Dufner -15
2.  Zach Johnson -14
3. Tom Gillis -7
4. Bo Van Pelt -6
T5. Ryan Palmer -5
T5. John Huh -5

 

Update: Saturday, May 26 at 4:24 ET

Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson are running away from the field a bit more than half-way through their third round. 

Dufner has shot five-under par so far through 12 holes, posting five birdies and no bogeys. He seems to be on cruise control right now, and it's hard to see him suddenly getting out of rhythm any time soon.

Johnson is also having a terrific afternoon, posting four birdies on the front nine and hanging with the streaking Dufner. He has made three consecutive pars to start the back nine and is three shots behind Dufner.

The rest of the field is falling further and further behind these two, and there is a logjam below them with three players tied for third at seven-under par.

Watch this crazy shot

Updated Third Round Leaderboard

1. Jason Dufner -16
2.  Zach Johnson -13
T3. John Huh -7
T3.  Bo Van Pelt -7
T3. Tom Gillis -7

 

Update: Saturday, May 26 at 2:31 ET

The leaders are now all out on the course, and the conditions are ripe for a low round. 

There have already been a couple of completed rounds that set the bar for scoring today. Kelly Craft shot six-under par today to bring his tournament score to minus-four, and David Hearn shot five-under par to bring his tournament score to minus-two.

There is still plenty of golf left to be played today, and I'll be updating this page a couple more times before the end of the day.

Third Round Leaderboard

1. Jason Dufner -12
2. Zach Johnson -11
T3. Bo Van Pelt -8
T3. Tommy Gainey -8
5. Tom Gillis -7

 

Update: Friday, May 25 at 11:51 p.m. ET

An impressive second round performance by Zach Johnson will give him a strong chance to catch Jason Dufner in Saturday's third round as he attempts to earn his first victory of the year.

Dufner shot a six-under 64 to take the lead into the weekend. Dufner began his round Friday with four birdies in the first five holes. It was a near-perfect start that he will attempt to duplicate in round three to open up a bigger lead heading into Sunday's final round.

With several players within striking distance of the lead, expect the weekend at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to be full of exciting golf.

Second Round Leaderboard

1 Jason Dufner
-11
2 Zach Johnson -9
T3 Bo Van Pelt
-7
T3 Tommy Gainey
-7
T5 Tom Gillis -6

Highlights

Kyle Reifers blasted a 315-yard drive on No. 12. It was the longest drive of the day to that point on the hole, and the head of his driver snapped off at impact. I have no idea how that is possible. 

 


Television Information for the Tournament

 Round Date Time (ET) TV Info
Round 1   Thursday, May 24 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. GOLF Channel
Round 2 Friday, May 25 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. GOLF Channel
Round 3 Saturday, May 26 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CBS
Round 4 Sunday, May 27 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CBS

 

Notable Tee Times for Thursday's First Round

Thursday (ET) 
Golfer   Golfer   Golfer  
7:32 a.m. John Daly Ryan Moore Tommy Gainey
7:43 a.m. David Toms Zach Johnson Sergio Garcia 
7:43 a.m. Jim Furyk Ben Crane Sung Kang
11:43 a.m. Tim Herron Charles Wi Chris DiMarco
12:18 p.m. Jason Dufner Matt Kuchar  Rickie Fowler
12:29 p.m. Hunter Mahan Louis Oosthuizen Vijay Singh

 

Last-Minute Prediction

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Sergio Garcia is my pick to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational this year. The Spaniard has been one of the more consistent players on tour this season and has made the cut in each tournament he's played in.

After a poor performance at the Players Championship, Garcia will be motivated to bounce back in Fort Worth.

The Colonial suits him because it allows him to be bold on the par fives and use his strong skills off the tee. Look for Garcia to earn his first win of the season this weekend.

 

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