The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial has a history of notable winners. Ben Hogan, with five victories, is most associated with the tournament. Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Arnold Palmer have all claimed victory at Colonial Country Club. Founded in 1946, it is the longest running PGA Tour event to only be contested on one course. In 2003, Colonial saw Annika Sorenstam become the first woman to compete in a PGA Tour event since 1946. With the Players Championship played the previous week and the U.S. Open on the horizon, the rich history of the Colonial is easily forgotten.
Zach Johnson posted the lowest winning score in tournament history. The 2007 Masters Champion shot 21 under par for a total of 259. This bested the 261 that had been twice posted by Kenny Perry in 2005 and 2003.
A four time Major Champion and perennial fan favorite. Lefty won the Colonial with scores of 14 and 12 under par. His victory in 2008 made him the 10th golfer to win the Colonial multiple times.
Nick Price recorded his final PGA Tour victory at Colonial in 2002. Price won two PGA Championships and the British Open. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Price spent 43 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world.
The legendary Tom Watson recorded his final PGA Tour victory at age 48. Watson won nine majors in his career, the final being in 1983. Colonial was his 39th PGA Tour win, but only his second since 1987.
Pavin won the 1995 U.S. Open and was the 2010 Ryder Cup Captain for the U.S. Pavin would not win for 10 years following his 1996 victory at Colonial.
The 1996 British Open Champion spent one week atop the World Golf Rankings in 1997.
Ben Crenshaw won the Masters twice, in 1984 and 1995. He captained the 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Better known now for his commentary, Baker-Finch was the 1991 British Open Champion. The Australian would not record another victory on the PGA Tour after Colonial.
Lanny Wadkins won the PGA Championship in 1977. He also won the 1970 U.S. Amateur Championship.
The 18-time Major Champion had entered the twilight of his career by 1982. He would only win two more PGA Tour events: the 1984 Memorial, and of course, the 1986 Masters.
Fuzzy Zoeller won the Masters in 1979 and the U.S. Open in 1984.
Al Geiberger turned professional in 1959 and won the 1966 PGA Championship.
Lee Trevino won six majors in his career.
Tom Weiskopf won his only major, The British Open, in 1973.
Gene Littler recorded 29 victories on the PGA Tour. He won the 1961 U.S. Open.
Billy Casper won three majors and 51 PGA Tour events.
Highly regarded for his putting, Dave Stockton won the PGA Championship in 1970 and 1976.
The late blooming Boros won three majors. His win at the 1968 PGA Championship at 48 is still the record for oldest major champion.
The legendary Palmer won seven major championships. His charisma and aggressive play garnered many fans and helped popularize the sport.
Ben Hogan won his 64th and final PGA Tour title in the 1959 Colonial. He won nine major championships in his career. In 1953, he won all three majors he entered. He is the only man to win more than two Colonial Championships, hence the name Hogan's Alley.
Tommy Bolt was notorious for his volatile temper. He won the 1958 U.S. Open
Roberto De Vicenzo is remembered for a scorecard error that cost him a share of first place in the 1968 Masters. He won the 1967 British Open.
Harper won the 1950 PGA Championship.
Middlecoff won 40 PGA tournaments and three majors. He gave up a career as a dentist to play on the Tour.
Slammin Sammy won seven majors in his career. He also holds the record for most PGA Tour wins with 82.