Crowne Plaza Invitational
We discuss Jason Dufner's domination, Ben Hogan's legacy, rookies with cool names, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop
Crowne Plaza Invitational
Where: Fort Worth, Texas
Course: Colonial Country Club
Defending champion: David Toms held off Charlie Wi by a shot for his 13th PGA Tour title.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Rickie Fowler
3. Jason Dufner
4. Matt Kuchar
5. Bill Haas
6. David Toms
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we are all just living in Jason Dufner's world right now. In the past month, the only two weeks he hasn't won he was getting married and then on his honeymoon at TPC Sawgrass (props for pulling that off by the way). It's only a matter of time before sponsorships and TV adds start piling up now. We're thinking chewing tobacco and sleeping pills? But don't worry. We're wide awake and ready for a big week ourselves. Let's get to it.
The PGA Tour stays in Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Fort Worth is the site and it is also where three World Golf Hall of Fame members grew up: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and our own Dan Jenkins.
(Another) Random tournament fact: There is a statue of Hogan overlooking Colonial Country Club's 18th green. Why? Because this was his home event and he is the greatest ball-striker of all time. Well, only if you take the word of such hacks like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Gary Player.
David Toms. Last year, Toms won on the heels of a crushing loss at the Players, where he three-putted to lose in a playoff to K.J. Choi. This year, he's riding momentum from shooting eight under on his final 10 holes at TPC Sawgrass. He returns to a place where he's hit for the cycle, having finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. No reason to believe he won't add another top 10 this week.
RIDE THE HOT HAND
Jason Dufner. With this guy in the field, why are we even bothering with this column this week? Well, because the hottest golfer in the world only has two missed cuts and a T-59 to show for his three trips to Colonial. Then again, that was before he became the hottest golfer in the world.
STUD OF THE WEEK (NOT NAMED JASON DUFNER)
Zach Johnson. No one has played Colonial as well as Johnson the past three years, with all 12 of his rounds being in the 60s, including five of 65 or better. His results? A win in 2010, a solo fourth last year and a T-9 in 2009. Plus, as we've seen recently, when you wait around to congratulate a buddy on a win (Matt Kuchar at the Players), good things usually happen to you soon after...
WEEKLY YAHOO! ROSTER SELECTIONS
Starters: Zach Johnson, David Toms, Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner
Bench: Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan and Kevin Stadler
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JASON DUFNER BREAKOUT CANDIDATE
Charlie Wi. Last year's runner-up has three top 15s in four trips to Irving. He's also at about the same level as J-Duf on the exciting meter.