2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational: Winners and Losers from Colonial
Adam Scott raised the 11th trophy of his PGA Tour career at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The three-hole playoff between Scott and Jason Dufner made the latter a loser but produced another winner you'll discover as you read on.
Those poor souls unlucky enough to find themselves on the other side of the balance sheet this week include both man and beast and the one guy tournament sponsors hoped would make the cut.
Click through for this week's winners and losers.
Winner: Final-Round TV Viewers
Playoffs! A week after Brendon Todd won in less than dramatic fashion, viewers were treated to high drama at Colonial this week.
Tied at nine under after 72 holes, Adam Scott and Jason Dufner engaged in a thrilling three-hole playoff that featured a clutch birdie putt from the Australian on the second playoff hole and an answer from Dufner.
Scott fired a dart at the flag on the third playoff hole that looked like it could go in on the fly. It spun back to seven feet from the hole. He made the putt and, in doing so, made himself the winner of the 2014 Colonial Invitational.
Loser: A Handful of FedEx Cup Contenders
While the top-ranked golfer in the world and the 22nd-ranked golfer went head-to-head in a playoff to determine the winner of the Colonial Invitational, a number of other top-ranked golfer's didn't fare quite so well this week.
Most notably, one of the pre-tournament favorites, Matt Kuchar, fired rounds of 72 and 70 to miss the cut. Also missing the cut were Kevin Na (18th in the FedEx Cup Rankings), Brian Stuard (28th in the FedEx Cup Rankings), Kevin Stadler (16th in the FedEx Cup Rankings) and Matt Every (12th in the FedEx Cup Rankings).
Winner: The World No. 1
Amid speculation from seemingly every quarter as to whether Adam Scott would retain his top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, the golfer put together a pretty solid week of golf, if you didn't notice.
The scenarios were numerous, but most seemed to agree that if Scott missed the cut at Colonial and world No. 3 Henrik Stenson played well in the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship, Scott would lose the top spot.
While Stenson finished tied for seventh at the BMW, Adam Scott did a bit better at Colonial, which should ensure he remains the top-ranked golfer in the world for a second week.
Loser: This Bird
During his second round at Colonial Friday, Jimmy Walker imitated the great Randy Johnson, who once obliterated a bird with a pitch. Walker's tee shot at the 17th hole struck a bird, as you can see in the video above.
Walker tweeted afterward:
Just saw the video of the "bird". I really think that little guy pushed my ball towards the fairway!!!! Always need some Luck!— Jimmy Walker (@JimmyWalkerPGA) May 24, 2014
The bird, it seems, was unharmed.
Winner: Matsuyama and Chappell on Saturday
Kevin Chappell carded the round of the tournament Saturday with a brilliant 63. After going out in 29 (which included six birdies), the 59 watch was on. However, a 35 on the back nine poured cold water on any hopes of penciling in golf's magic number. The 63, however, was impressive.
Hideki Matsuyama was just one stroke worse than Chappell on Saturday. The young man from Japan signed for a 64, which catapulted him up the leaderboard.
Unfortunately, neither golfer was a winner on Sunday.
Losers: Most Past Champions
Eight past winners of the Colonial Invitational were in the field this week. On the whole, they weren't in any danger of winning a plaid jacket:
- Boo Weekley (2013): Missed cut
- Zach Johnson (2010, '12): +6
- Rory Sabbatini (2007): Missed cut
- Tim Herron (2006): +3
- Steve Flesch (2004): +2
- Olin Browne (1999): Missed cut
- Corey Pavin (1985, '96): Missed cut
The only former champion who had any degree of success in Fort Worth, Texas, this week was David Toms.
Thus, odds are, if you were a former winner at Colonial, you didn't have the pleasure of finding your name on the first page of the leaderboard and you quite possibly booked an early flight home.
Winner: David Lingmerth
Swede David Lingmerth hasn't done much since nearly winning last year's Players Championship. (He ultimately finished tied for second.)
Entering the week, he'd made just eight of 16 cuts with a single top-10 finish.
He carried the momentum of a final-round 65 at Colonial last year into this season's Crowne Plaza Invitational.
A pair of weekend 66s moved the golfer inside the top 10 for his second such finish of the season. Mr. Lingmerth was a winner this week and is beginning to look something like "a horse for the course" at Colonial Country Club.
Loser: Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler, who is sponsored by Crowne Plaza, came to Colonial looking to put on a good show for his backer. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma State alum did anything but that.
Fowler's opening-round scorecard showed a seven and an eight, which isn't exactly good. He ultimately carded an 80 for his first round at Colonial. The second round was only marginally better for the fan favorite, as he got around the course in 75 strokes to miss the cut.
Further, Fowler's two-round total was the second-worst in the field—a tremendous achievement in loserdom.
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