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Crowne Plaza Invitational 2014: Tee Times, Date, TV Schedule and Prize Money

FORT WORTH, TX - MAY 27:  Zach Johnson poses with the trophy after his one-stroke victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at the Colonial Country Club on May 27, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014

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

 

TV Schedule

Crowne Plaza Invitational 2014 Viewing Info
RoundDateTime (ET)Channel
1Thursday, May 223 p.m. - 6 p.m.GOLF
2Friday, May 233 p.m. - 6 p.m.GOLF
3Saturday, May 243 p.m. - 6 p.m.CBS
4Sunday, May 253 p.m. - 6 p.m.CBS
PGA.com

 

Tee Times

Crowne Plaza Invitational Round 1 Tee Times
Time (ET)Golfer 1Golfer 2Golfer 3
7 a.m.Graham DeLaetGreg ChalmersJames Hahn
7 a.m.Chad CampbellTime HerronCameron Tringale
7:11 a.m.Charley HoffmanOlin BrowneJim Renner
7: 11 a.m.John RollinsBriny BairdLuke Guthrie
7:22 a.m.Rod PamplingRoberto CastroKevin Chappell
7:22 a.m.Trevor ImmelmanRussell KnoxJeff Overton
7:33 a.m.Steve BowditchKevin StadlerBrandt Snedeker
7:33 a.m.Matt KucharRickie FowlerJim Furyk
7:44 a.m.Seung-Yul NohMatt EveryBill Haas
7:44 a.m.Jimmy WalkerZach JohnsonAdam Scott
7:55 a.m.Chesson HadleyJ.J. HenryTim Clark
7:55 a.m.Nick WatneyGeorge McNeillRobert Allenby
8:06 a.m.Woody AustinKyle StanleyAngel Cabrera
8:06 a.m.Martin LairdLucas GloverJonathan Byrd
8:17 a.m.Scott BrownJohn HuhDavis Love III
8:17 a.m.Mark WilsonRory SabbatiniJustin Leonard
8:28 a.m.Brian DavisChad CollinsSpencer Levin
8:28 a.m.Jason BohnJerry KellyRicky Barnes
8:39 a.m.Tim WilkinsonKevin TwayFranklin Corpening
8:39 a.m.Ben MartinKevin KisnerJulien Brun
12 p.m.Heath SlocumCamilo VillegasBrendon de Jonge
12 p.m.Pat PerezDanny LeeBrice Garnett
12:11 p.m.Paul CaseyDaniel SummerhaysRyo Ishikawa
12:11 p.m.Bryce MolderJosh TeaterBrian Stuard
12:22 p.m.Ryan PalmerChris StroudScott Langley
12:22 p.m.Freddie JacobsonBo Van PeltRichard H. Lee
12:33 p.m.Jason DufnerJordan SpiethHunter Mahan
12:33 p.m.Matt JonesJohn SendenKevin Na
12:44 p.m.Harris EnglishDustin JohnsonBoo Weekley
12:44 p.m.Brendon ToddChris KirkLouis Oosthuizen
12:55 p.m.Derek ErnstJohn MerrickVijay Singh
12:55 p.m.Michael ThompsonDavid TomsGeoff Ogilvy
1:06 p.m.Ken DukeBrian GayCarl Pettersson
1:06 p.m.Scott StallingsMarc LeishmanY.E. Yang
1:17 p.m.David HearnBrian HarmanMichael Putnam
1:17 p.m.Nicholas ThompsonDavid LingmerthJustin Hicks
1:28 p.m.Corey PavinWilliam McGirtHideki Matsuyama
1:28 p.m.Sean O'HairAaron BaddeleySteve Flesch
1:39 p.m.Keith ClearwaterBilly Hurley IIIWes Roach
1:39 p.m.Bud CauleyAndrew LoupeChris Williams
1:50 p.m.Robert StrebAndrew SvobodaJeff Curl
PGATour.com

 

Golfers to Watch

Adam Scott

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 09:  Adam Scott of Australia watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Richard Heath
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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.

 

Matt Kuchar

IRVING, TX - MAY 16:  Matt Kuchar plays a shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort on May 16, 2014 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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.

 

Zach Johnson

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 17:  Zach Johnson hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 17, 2014 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Tyler Lecka/Getty Images)
Tyler Lecka/Getty Images

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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