PGA Tour Expert Picks: Crowne Plaza Invitational
Jordan Spieth is the pick but Jim Furyk is on fire too. It's basically going to be the Players Championship all over again.
The second of a two-tournament swing through Texas comes to Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, Tex. before heading back east for the prelude to the US Open.
The Crowne Plaza Invitational is played at Colonial Country Club and has been since Ben Hogan won the first two tournaments there in 1946 and 1947. It is associated with Hogan, though more loosely than the Byron Nelson Championship is with Nelson.
The tournament will take place May 22-25 and the purse is a hearty $6.4 million. As an invitational it guarantees only spots to the top 80 golfers on the money list in the previous season.
You can watch on Thursday and Friday (May 22-23) on Golf Channel from 3-6 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 1-2:30 PM on Golf Channel and from 3-6 PM on CBS.
You can also watch the broadcast online at CBSSports.com on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 PM.
All times Eastern
Participants and odds
Matt Kuchar: 12-1
Zach Johnson: 14-1
Adam Scott: 16-1
Jim Furyk: 16-1
Jordan Spieth: 18-1
Dustin Johnson: 22-1
Graham DeLaet: 25-1
Jimmy Walker: 28-1
Marc Leishman: 33-1
Bill Haas: 40-1
Chris Kirk: 40-1
John Senden: 40-1
Kevin Na: 40-1
Jason Dufner: 40-1
Ryan Palmer: 40-1
Rickie Fowler: 40-1
2013 -- Boo Weekley
2012 -- Zach Johnson
2011 -- David Toms
2010 -- Zach Johnson
2009 -- Steve Stricker
Jordan Spieth (18-1): This course favors short hitters (look at those last five champs) and Spieth is one of the shortest among the favorites. He finished T7 at this track last season in his only outing. Don't let last weekend fool you. He normally doesn't play the Byron Nelson very well. He'll be back in form this week and at 18-1 I like the play.
Lock for top 10
Jim Furyk (14-1): Furyk has two T31s and a top five at this tournament in his last three outings plus he's absolutely on fire right now with two second-place finishes in his last two events. He'll be around for the weekend and I think maybe even better than that.
Hunter Mahan (50-1): I asked this about Brandt Snedeker last week but how is Hunter Mahan 50-1?! He has top 40s at each of the last three Crowne Plaza Invitationals and finished T10 in 2011.
He hasn't been streaking of late but give me Mahan to get back on track at this tournament.
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