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Zach Johnson and 5 More Golfers Who Will Be in the Hunt This Weekend at Colonial

David KindervaterCorrespondent IMay 18, 2011

Zach Johnson and 5 More Golfers Who Will Be in the Hunt This Weekend at Colonial

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Zach Johnson hits his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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    This week, the PGA Tour rolls into the Lone Star State with a staple stop at Colonial Country Club for the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

    Zach Johnson is the defending champion at Colonial, where he set a course record 21 under par last year. Hot off a closing round 66 at The Players last week, Johnson should use that momentum and his recent success here to put up some nice numbers.

    Here are five more players to watch this weekend.

David Toms

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 15:  David Toms hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood
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    As long as there isn't any hangover from the playoff devastation at The Players last week, expect David Toms to continue performing well.

    His recipe for success is simple—fairways and greens. He's currently second on the tour in both.

Hunter Mahan

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 14:  Hunter Mahan plays a pitch shot during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 14, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    With the second-most famous beard on the PGA Tour, Hunter Mahan has managed six top-10s this year.

    He doesn't have a very good record at Colonial, but he's obviously doing something right in 2011. It will be interesting to see if it carries over to his home state this week.

Brian Gay

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    PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 05:  Brian Gay plays a shot during the third round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on March 5, 2011 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    Did anyone notice Brian Gay quietly sneaking up the leaderboard at The Players last week?

    He finished T12 at TPC Sawgrass.

    To say he's playing well would be an understatement. The stats don't lie. Gay is first in fairways hit, proximity to the hole, scrambling, sand saves and putting inside five feet.

Sergio Garcia

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam
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    Watch out for Sergio Garcia. He's been knocking on the door, so to speak, and I don't think it will be long before he finds himself with a long-overdue tour victory.

    This could be the week.

    Garcia finished with a T12 at The Players after a final-round 65 last week.

    And don't forget: He won here at Colonial back in 2001.

Jason Day

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot on the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by
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    Colonial is Jason Day's home course. And he's playing well right now.

    Day finished with a T6 at The Players last week and he has an impressive five top-10 finishes this year so far.

    I like his familiarity with this course (he finished fourth here two years ago) and, therefore, his chances this weekend.

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