The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is among the most prestigious non-major tournaments on the PGA Tour calendar, and it will feature many of the top players the sport has to offer this week.
With the U.S. Open less than a month away, winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational, or at least performing well, could give golfers a great deal of momentum heading into the year's second major.
Here is an in-depth look at everything you need to know about when and where to catch the Crowne Plaza Invitational, along with a breakdown of which golfers stand the best chance of prevailing deep in the heart of Texas.
Where: Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas
When: Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, May 25
Purse: $6.4 million
Winning Share: $1.152 million
|Crowne Plaza Invitational 2014 Viewing Info|
|1||Thursday, May 22||3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||GOLF|
|2||Friday, May 23||3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||GOLF|
|3||Saturday, May 24||3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS|
|4||Sunday, May 25||3 p.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS|
|Crowne Plaza Invitational Round 1 Tee Times|
|Time (ET)||Golfer 1||Golfer 2||Golfer 3|
|7 a.m.||Graham DeLaet||Greg Chalmers||James Hahn|
|7 a.m.||Chad Campbell||Time Herron||Cameron Tringale|
|7:11 a.m.||Charley Hoffman||Olin Browne||Jim Renner|
|7: 11 a.m.||John Rollins||Briny Baird||Luke Guthrie|
|7:22 a.m.||Rod Pampling||Roberto Castro||Kevin Chappell|
|7:22 a.m.||Trevor Immelman||Russell Knox||Jeff Overton|
|7:33 a.m.||Steve Bowditch||Kevin Stadler||Brandt Snedeker|
|7:33 a.m.||Matt Kuchar||Rickie Fowler||Jim Furyk|
|7:44 a.m.||Seung-Yul Noh||Matt Every||Bill Haas|
|7:44 a.m.||Jimmy Walker||Zach Johnson||Adam Scott|
|7:55 a.m.||Chesson Hadley||J.J. Henry||Tim Clark|
|7:55 a.m.||Nick Watney||George McNeill||Robert Allenby|
|8:06 a.m.||Woody Austin||Kyle Stanley||Angel Cabrera|
|8:06 a.m.||Martin Laird||Lucas Glover||Jonathan Byrd|
|8:17 a.m.||Scott Brown||John Huh||Davis Love III|
|8:17 a.m.||Mark Wilson||Rory Sabbatini||Justin Leonard|
|8:28 a.m.||Brian Davis||Chad Collins||Spencer Levin|
|8:28 a.m.||Jason Bohn||Jerry Kelly||Ricky Barnes|
|8:39 a.m.||Tim Wilkinson||Kevin Tway||Franklin Corpening|
|8:39 a.m.||Ben Martin||Kevin Kisner||Julien Brun|
|12 p.m.||Heath Slocum||Camilo Villegas||Brendon de Jonge|
|12 p.m.||Pat Perez||Danny Lee||Brice Garnett|
|12:11 p.m.||Paul Casey||Daniel Summerhays||Ryo Ishikawa|
|12:11 p.m.||Bryce Molder||Josh Teater||Brian Stuard|
|12:22 p.m.||Ryan Palmer||Chris Stroud||Scott Langley|
|12:22 p.m.||Freddie Jacobson||Bo Van Pelt||Richard H. Lee|
|12:33 p.m.||Jason Dufner||Jordan Spieth||Hunter Mahan|
|12:33 p.m.||Matt Jones||John Senden||Kevin Na|
|12:44 p.m.||Harris English||Dustin Johnson||Boo Weekley|
|12:44 p.m.||Brendon Todd||Chris Kirk||Louis Oosthuizen|
|12:55 p.m.||Derek Ernst||John Merrick||Vijay Singh|
|12:55 p.m.||Michael Thompson||David Toms||Geoff Ogilvy|
|1:06 p.m.||Ken Duke||Brian Gay||Carl Pettersson|
|1:06 p.m.||Scott Stallings||Marc Leishman||Y.E. Yang|
|1:17 p.m.||David Hearn||Brian Harman||Michael Putnam|
|1:17 p.m.||Nicholas Thompson||David Lingmerth||Justin Hicks|
|1:28 p.m.||Corey Pavin||William McGirt||Hideki Matsuyama|
|1:28 p.m.||Sean O'Hair||Aaron Baddeley||Steve Flesch|
|1:39 p.m.||Keith Clearwater||Billy Hurley III||Wes Roach|
|1:39 p.m.||Bud Cauley||Andrew Loupe||Chris Williams|
|1:50 p.m.||Robert Streb||Andrew Svoboda||Jeff Curl|
Golfers to Watch
Although Adam Scott has yet to win a tournament this year, few golfers have been more consistent. With three top-10 finishes in seven starts, Scott always seems to be in the mix. With the U.S. Open quickly approaching, there is no question that the Aussie star would love to win this week and pick up a ton of momentum moving forward.
Even without a victory to his credit, Scott has continued to ascend in the world rankings. The fact that Tiger Woods is on the shelf has helped him in that regard, and it allowed him to surpass Woods for the top spot, according to Sandra Sully of Ten News in Australia:
This marks the first time that Scott has been the No. 1 player in the world, and that distinction certainly has to give him some degree of confidence, although it could breed pressure as well.
Now that Scott is No. 1, the expectation is for him to contend for victories in every tournament. Perhaps that isn't necessarily fair, but that is the reality of the situation.
Scott will have a chance to prove that he deserves the ranking in the Crowne Plaza Invitational, but it won't be easy with every other golfer looking to knock him from his new perch.
Nobody puts in a solid effort on a tournament-by-tournament basis quite like Matt Kuchar. It seems like Kuchar plays in almost every event, and he very rarely disappoints. He has made 12 of 13 cuts this season along with nine top-10 finishes and a victory to boot.
Kuchar is still searching for his first career major title, and it can certainly be argued that he is now the best player to never win one. It seems like it is simply a matter of time before Kuchar breaks through, and performing well in Fort Worth could put him on track to do precisely that.
Even if Kuchar doesn't win the Crowne Plaza Invitational, it is a safe bet that he'll be near the top of the leaderboard. According to PGA Tour on Twitter, Kuchar's top-10 percentage since 2010 is nothing short of astounding:
Pretty much every golfer is entitled to a poor performance once in a while, but Kuchar doesn't seem to subscribe to that theory. He absolutely never gives in, which makes him a major threat to win this weekend.
Ben Hogan is the only player in the history of the Crowne Plaza Invitational to win more than twice, as he took the title five times. Zach Johnson has an opportunity to join that elite group as the two-time winner searches for his third career victory at Colonial.
There is nothing particularly spectacular about Johnson's brand of golf, but he always manages to get in contention. Johnson expertly avoids mistakes better than perhaps anyone else on tour. That is a huge reason for his success, and it puts a great deal of pressure on his opponents.
Johnson's only missed cut in 14 tries this year came at the Masters, but he has been spectacular otherwise with four top-10 results and a win. Johnson also happens to know how to win at Colonial better than anyone else in the field, so he will be a definite threat.
Even though Johnson has already enjoyed a great career that includes a green jacket to his credit, he is never content, according to Titleist Performance Institute:
That explains why Johnson always seems to be improving, and it will be key in his ability to contend in the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
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