The 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational capped off four days of thrilling action with a sudden-death playoff between new world No. 1 Adam Scott and Jason Dufner, with the world's best coming out on top after three holes.
With the victory, Scott completed his Texas sweep by winning the fourth tournament of his career in the state and retained the No. 1 spot after earning it the week prior.
The historic tournament—one of five invitational tournaments on the PGA Tour—in Fort Worth, Texas, began 68 years ago in 1946 and this year featured an underdog defending champion and a new world No. 1.
Here is a complete breakdown of the tournament with day-by-day results.
Day 4 Recap
It was only right that one of the year's most entertaining and competitive tournaments ended with a playoff between two of the sport's best in Scott and Dufner.
After a fourth round on Sunday, both men were tied at a total nine-under par after they both scored a 66 on the day.
Here is a look at the final leaderboard:
* Full leaderboard available at PGATour.com.
In the end, it was Scott who came up clutch on the third hole as the two went back and forth on the course's final two holes:
|Adam Scott winner||4||3||3|
|Jason Dufner eliminated||4||3||--|
As Brian Hammons of the Golf Channel illustrates, it was quite the way for Scott to spend his first week as the No. 1 player in the world:
Great playing by Adam Scott. Pressure was on to maintain his #1 world ranking. Wins the tournament. May it be a long stay at the top.— Brian Hammons (@BrianHammons) May 25, 2014
The playoff marked the 11th in tournament history and Scott moved to 3-0 all time in the playoff format for his career on the PGA Tour. Meanwhile, Dufner dropped to 1-3.
Scott said after his victory that his Texas goal was the focus, as captured by Mike McAllister of PGATour.com:
"This is really a special week for me," Scott said. "... I was determined. I really wanted to win 'em all here in Texas."
The effort from both players was able to fend off Nicholas Thompson and Freddie Jacobson, the duo that came in at a close eight-under par after the fourth round. Like the prior three days, a bevy of names remained within three shots or less of the lead.
Outside of the thrilling finish, David Toms was perhaps the most interesting story on Sunday for all the wrong reasons. His 70 dropped him four spots after a 66 and 65 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, which placed him two shots out of the lead.
Day 3 Recap
Saturday did little to remedy the situation in Fort Worth that plagued the first two rounds, as no player was able to pull away from the pack.
Here is a look at how the standings shook out:
* Full leaderboard available at PGATour.com.
Going into Sunday, 13 players are within two strokes of the leading quartet, David Toms, Hideki Matsuyama, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud.
The biggest mover of the day, courtesy of the best round at seven-under 63 was Kevin Chappell, who jumped from No. 60 to one stroke out of the lead for his efforts. Golf.com captured the epic scorecard:
Another big mover was Matsuyama, who has officially arrived as a legit contender after recording his lowest score (a six-under 64) as a pro since 2013 thanks to a bogey-free effort.
Adam Scott remained in contention after another strong day with a 66, placing him just two shots out of the lead. He will have to perform relatively well on Sunday to retain the world No. 1 ranking, not to mention win the whole shindig.
One notable contender to have another big day was Jimmy Walker, who used his pretty swing to remain one shot back. PGA Tour on Twitter gave fans a look at his performance as of late:
But really, everyone is a contender on Sunday. There are 49 golfers within five shots of the lead, meaning anyone could post a round-best score and easily claim the top prize. It has the makings of one of the sport's most interesting finishes this season, with the top prize being a wicked amount of momentum over some of the best in the world.
Day 2 Recap
After a familiar name sat atop the leaderboard on Day 1, it was far from the norm on the second day of the Crown Plaza Invitational.
While Johnson once again had a good day on the course, he finished on par and was unable to maintain the lead. Rookie Brice Garnett sat atop the leaderboard following Day 2 following a 4-under 66 just a day after nailing down a 67.
Here's a look at the leaderboard following Friday:
* Full leaderboard available at PGATour.com.
|Pos.||Name||Total||Round 1||Round 2|
|T4||Bo Van Pelt||-5||67||68|
Garnett got his day started off with an eagle on the first hole and rode the momentum to three birdies and a single bogey on the round. The 31-year-old's birdie on 16 was a masterful one, as seen in this PGA.com video:
After getting off to a slow start in his first year on the tour, Garnett is finally seeing the fruits of his labor in the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Though he only holds a one-stroke lead heading into the weekend, making the cut and being in the final group has to be a special moment for the rookie.
Garnett spoke about his emotions heading into the weekend, per Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News:
“Super excited,” Garnett said. “I’m just keeping my head down and trying to make as many birdies as possible. I’m going to try to embrace it this weekend and have fun, and we’ll see where we stand come Sunday.”
As for how rare it is to see a rookie leading in their Colonial debut, the last first-year winner at the event was Sergio Garcia in 2001, per Nichols.
Outside of Garnett, there were plenty of other great storylines to watch moving forward.
Just behind the 31-year-old was another surprising player who surged on Friday. Chris Stroud finished with the best round of the day at six-under and climbed 40 spots to second on the leaderboard.
The official account for the PGA Tour points out how stellar Stroud's putting was on the day:
While Johnson took a bit of a tumble, the American is still just two shots off the lead. Though he wasn't able to keep a clean card with three bogeys, the 29-year-old remained consistent with three birdies.
Other notables like Jordan Spieth is tied for 11th at four-under while World No. 1 Adam Scott sits in 36th with a one-under following a 68 on Friday. Scott had to recover from a one-over round on Thursday and actually moved up 28 spots on Day 2 with the modest round.
Given the depth of the field and two surprise names at the top of the leaderboard, this year's Colonial is shaping up to be one to watch as the weekend starts. With several other names fast approaching like Scott and Spieth, Day 3 promises to be yet another riveting day of action.
Day 1 Recap
Thanks to a bogey-free day and four birdies on the front nine, Johnson jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
Close behind were Tim Wilkinson, Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb and Harris English, all who came in at four under par.
Here's a look at the leaderboard after Thursday's action:
|T6||Bo Van Pelt||-3||67|
Full leaderboard available at PGATour.com.
As the PGA Tour's Twitter handle captures, Johnson's birdie on the par-three 16th hole was the highlight of the day (Although his save for par on No. 18 to stay ahead of the pack is up there.):
Johnson's day as a whole kept a now 14-year streak alive and well, too:
Defending champion Boo Weekley had the look of a contender after winning a season ago and said beforehand that a new-found confidence is key, per Bill Nichols of The Dallas News:
"I’ve got a lot more confidence,” he said. “Last year, I sat out on that driving range and I probably was averaging 400 or 500 balls in the morning and in the afternoon. Hitting balls and hitting balls because I missed the cut at the Byron."
Weekley tied for fifth at last week's HP Byron Nelson, but floundered on Thursday with a one-over 71, largely thanks to a double bogey on No. 11 and, to a lesser extent, two bogeys on his first four holes of the day.
New world No. 1 Adam Scott, who sat at home last week and obtained the honor, suffered the same fate as Weekley, albeit in more spectacular fashion. Scott ended his first nine holes with four bogeys, including three in the final four holes, before firing off three birdies on the back half and looking every part of the No. 1 player on the globe.
Luckily for both players, there is plenty of time to recover with the tournament in its infancy.
One player who also needs to recover is Hunter Mahan, who started off the day on quite the strong foot, to say the least:
An eagle and four birdies on the front nine were followed with a pair of birdies and bogeys with a double bogey on No. 18 to end Mahan's day.
Now imagine if he can put it all together while just one shot off the lead.
Two other notables to watch just two shots off the lead are Jason Dufner and Jordan Spieth, further proving that the spectacle in Texas is one to clear the schedule for as golf's best duke it out.