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PGA TOUR: Pink and Red Rule the Day at Colonial

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IMay 30, 2010

 

Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

PINK ruled Saturday again this year at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

 

It was everywhere, players' shirts, hats and even pants.

 

In the gallery, a large ribbon in the flowers at the base of the scoreboard on 18, the color pink permeated the close and comfortable that surrounds of Colonial Country Club.

 

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

 

In 1982 that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement.

 

Country music star and Komen Ambassador Candy Coburn performed outdoors in downtown Fort Worth on Friday night.

 

Her title track "Pink Warrior" says it all, "keep fighting, never give up, be a Warrior!"

 

RED has ruled the week at Colonial with under par scores galore.

 

A relatively short par-70 track at 7,204 yards, the defense of Colonial is the wind.

 

Other than the four par-3s there are no straight holes at Colonial.

 

Both par-5s bend slightly right while the 12 par-4s favor the dog-leg-right variety by a counting of 7-to-5.

 

Hence Hogan, a straight or power fade striker like Jack Nicklaus, won a record five times at Colonial.

 

With all the twists and turns, the fairways are difficult to find.

 

Once in the fairway the greens are well bunkered and guarded by trees.

 

No wind equals no challenge for the professional golfers of today.

 

Another factor is the extremely hot mid-90s temperatures recorded so far this week.

 

The greens crew was syringing the greens between playing groups to protect the fragile bent grass greens.

 

No brown burnt out incredibly fast greens as a second line of defense.

 

Easy to find fairways and easy to hold greens may put Kenny Perry's tournament low scores of 261 (19-under par) in 2003 and 2005 at risk.

 

On Saturday of the 76 rounds posted only 11 rounds were over par with John Daly's 75 the highest.

 

On Moving Day a 63, 64 or 65 moved you up the leader board.

 

A 66 or 67 kept you in your starting place and anything higher meant you were going the wrong way.

The average score on Saturday was 67.9, lower still than the full field 68.6 for the first two rounds.

 

Second round leader Bryce Molder followed his low round of the tournament 62 on Friday with a 67 while Brian Davis shot 65 to catch him at 16-under par

 

For both Molder and Davis their next win on the PGA TOUR will be their first.

 

Prominent in the mix is 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson who fired a bogey free 6-under par 64 to climb to solo second place one stroke back of the leaders.

 

Johnson won back-to-back Valero Texas Opens in 2008 and 2009.

 

So whether the wind remains calm or it starts to blow factor Johnson into the mix down the stretch Sunday afternoon at Colonial.

 

There are still 17 players within five strokes of the lead so look for a Texas style shootout.

 

Lee Janzen and Jerry Kelly who shot the day's low round of 63 are in that pack along with Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin who shot 67.

 

Who knows maybe we will see a Sunday 59?

 

The spirit of golfing legend Ben Hogan, who passed in 1997, is alive and well at Colonial CC.

 

So too is the spirit of humanity as its fight to end breast cancer.

 

In recognition of the number of women to have been diagnosed with breast cancer during the time it took to play the third round, 210 pink balloons were released at the 18th green after play concluded.

 

As the balloons rose and faded into the high Texas sky my thoughts turned to the poster goodwill children of the PGA TOUR- Amy and Phil Mickelson.

 

 

Mickelson missed the cut though supported Saturday's PINK OUT II at Colonial by wearing pink bk home in San Diego.

Tournament wise he missed the cut and is preparing for next week's showdown for the title of the world's No. 1 golfer with Tiger Woods at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament.

Their sights are set on the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

 

There is a lot of golf to be played right here at Colonial tomorrow on this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Let's see which player's red number rises the highest on the leader board.

 

 

 

Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.

 

 

 

 

He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website

www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to

 

 

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