Welcome to GOLFstats.com! You are currently viewing one of our Preview and Picks post that we publish each week. We also publish special Performance Charts for the tournaments, analyzing results over the past 8 years, a special DraftKings Picks Post, analyzing what picks are the best this week for the DraftKings games, and we do a weekly Key Fantasy Stats Post detailing what stats are most important for this weeks tournament and course, and which players excel in those stats. Very useful!
Our data is updated daily. To access all this info, and so much more, just CLICK HERE to SIGN UP for GOLFstats!

BlogColonial Preview and Picks

Dean & Deluca Invitational

May 26th – 29th, 2016

Colonial C.C.

Fort Worth, Texas

Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,204

Purse: $6.7 million

with $1,206,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Chris Kirk

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 39 of the top 100 and 18 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with two players from the top-ten #2 Jordan Spieth and #7 Adam Scott. The other top 50 players are  #13 Patrick Reed, #14 Louis Oosthuizen, #17 Brandt Snedeker, #19 Zach Johnson, #20 Matt Kuchar, #22 Charl Schwartzel, #25 Kevin Kisner, #27 Jim Furyk, #30 Bill Haas, #31 Kevin Na, #32 Jimmy Walker, #33 Charley Hoffman, #34 Kevin Chappell, #38 Danny Lee, #39 Marc Leishman and #43 Emiliano Grillo.

Last year there was 16 top-50 players in the field

The field includes 11 of the top 25 on the FedEx point standings for 2016.  Those players are  #2 Adam Scott, #4 Brandt Snedeker, #5 Kevin Chappell, #7 Jordan Spieth, #8 Kevin Kisner, #9 Patrick Reed, #11 Kevin Na, #14 Smylie Kaufman, #17 Jason Dufner, #18 Charley Hoffman, #22 Fabian Gomez.

The field includes 10 players in the top 25 on this year’s PGA Tour money list. Those players are #2 Adam Scott, #4 Kevin Chappell, #6 Jordan Spieth, #8 Brandt Snedeker, #10 Patrick Reed, #11 Kevin Kisner, #13 Kevin Na, #18 Smylie Kaufman, #21 Matt Kuchar and #22 Charley Hoffman.

The field includes 15 players that have won 16 events on the PGA Tour this year: Emiliano Grillo (Frys.Com), Smylie Kaufman (Shriners Hospitals), Peter Malnati (Sanderson Farms), Kevin Kisner (RSM Classic), Jordan Spieth (Hyundai T of C), Fabian Gomez (Sony Hawaii), Jason Dufner (CareerBuilder), Brandt Snedeker (Farmers), Vaughn Taylor (AT&T Pebble), Adam Scott (Honda & WGC-Cadillac), Charl Schwartzel (Valspar), Tony Finau (Puerto Rico), Jim Herman (Shell Houston), Charley Hoffman (Valero Texas) and Brian Stuard (Zurich).

The field includes 10 past champions: Chris Kirk (2015), Adam Scott (2014), Boo Weekley (2013), Zach Johnson (2012 & ’10), David Toms (2011), Steve Stricker (2009), Rory Sabbatini (2007), Tim Herron (2006), Steve Flesch (2004) and Keith Clearwater (1987).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Dean & Deluca field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the Dean & Deluca in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the Dean & Deluca.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

**NOTE**

One thing to look for is our new GOLFstats IQ.  For those that play in fantasy golf it’s a perfect way to help you pick those players in Draft Kings and Victiv games.  You can customize the list of those in the tournaments, to look back a couple or many years of tournament stats and you can go back a couple or ten weeks prior to the tournament.  On top of that, all the stats are fully sortable to help you pick your six players, we even give you their value for the week to help you chose.

That’s GOLFstats IQ, give it a try and tell us what you think of it

24/7 GOLF is no more.  We have retired the name and the app for a new and better app for golf.  So check out

GOLF IQ

Still get Total Golf Knowledge At Your Fingertips

with over 2.1 million records updated daily and available for your Iphone or Ipad.

We have improved the app to not only give you Golf History, results and records but GOLF IQ provides weekly tournament previews, Key Stats and and picks for Fantasy Golf!

So if you own a Iphone or a Ipad we have developed a perfect app called GOLF IQ.

 

Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Player AT&T Nelson Irish Open The Players Mauritius Open Wells Fargo Trophee Hassan Zurich Classic Volvo China Valero Texas Shenzhen RBC Heritage Open de Espana Masters
Matt Kuchar
(277.67 pts)
3
(90)
DNP T3
(135)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T42
(5.33)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP T24
(17.33)
Colt Knost
(248 pts)
T4
(80)
DNP T3
(135)
DNP T41
(9)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T14
(24)
DNP DNP
Kevin Chappell
(242.33 pts)
DNP DNP 2
(150)
DNP T41
(9)
DNP DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP DNP
Charley Hoffman
(175 pts)
T12
(38)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP DNP DNP T11
(26)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP T14
(24)
DNP T29
(14)
Bryce Molder
(161.67 pts)
T24
(26)
DNP T12
(57)
DNP DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP T42
(5.33)
DNP T6
(40)
DNP DNP
Ken Duke
(118.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T3
(135)
DNP DNP DNP T64
(0)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
Danny Lee
(114.83 pts)
T18
(32)
DNP T35
(22.5)
DNP T9
(45)
DNP T58
(0)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T17
(22)
Daniel Summerhays
(101.17 pts)
DNP DNP T23
(40.5)
DNP T14
(36)
DNP DNP DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP T51
(0)
DNP DNP
Roberto Castro
(100 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
(100)
DNP T48
(1.33)
DNP T42
(5.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
Spencer Levin
(95.67 pts)
T4
(80)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T15
(23.33)
DNP T29
(14)
DNP T45
(3.33)
DNP DNP
Adam Scott
(95.33 pts)
DNP DNP T12
(57)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T42
(5.33)
Ryan Palmer
(83.83 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T23
(40.5)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP T71
(0)
DNP DNP
Jordan Spieth
(83.67 pts)
T18
(32)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T2
(66.67)
Patton Kizzire
(83.33 pts)
DNP DNP 76
(0)
DNP T24
(26)
DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP DNP DNP T14
(24)
DNP DNP
William McGirt
(82.17 pts)
DNP DNP T43
(10.5)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP DNP T37
(8.67)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP DNP
Ricky Barnes
(77.67 pts)
T24
(26)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP DNP
Boo Weekley
(75.67 pts)
T41
(9)
DNP T16
(51)
DNP T35
(15)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP T39
(7.33)
DNP DNP
Chris Kirk
(75.17 pts)
DNP DNP WD
(-7.5)
DNP DNP DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP T23
(18)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
Patrick Reed
(74.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP T28
(22)
DNP DNP DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP DNP DNP T49
(0.67)
Scott Stallings
(66.67 pts)
T34
(16)
DNP DNP DNP T53
(0)
DNP T11
(26)
DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Andrew Loupe
(66.67 pts)
T82
(0)
DNP DNP DNP T4
(80)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Lucas Glover
(64 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP 8
(50)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP DNP T33
(11.33)
DNP DNP
Brian Stuard
(63 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP T55
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Cameron Tringale
(61.33 pts)
DNP DNP T16
(51)
DNP T41
(9)
DNP T48
(1.33)
DNP T60
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
David Hearn
(61 pts)
DNP DNP T28
(33)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T20
(20)
DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Player AT&T Nelson Irish Open The Players Mauritius Open Wells Fargo Trophee Hassan Zurich Classic Volvo China Valero Texas Shenzhen RBC Heritage Open de Espana Masters
Brendon Todd
(-55 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
Matt Jones
(-41.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T60
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
Carl Pettersson
(-35 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP DNP DNP WD
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP 81
(0)
DNP DNP
John Huh
(-31.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T72
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jim Herman
(-31.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T51
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
Greg Owen
(-31.67 pts)
T79
(0)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T65
(0)
DNP T76
(0)
DNP DNP
Jason Bohn
(-31.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP T69
(0)
DNP DNP
Steven Bowditch
(-31.67 pts)
T82
(0)
DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
Hunter Mahan
(-28.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-15)
DNP T53
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP 54
(0)
Blayne Barber
(-25.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T48
(1.33)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

It’s back to Colonial with a new sponsor and name that unfortunately will confuse folks.  In a way it’s like what happened to the old Los Angeles Open, when a new sponsor came they didn’t want any name other than there own so it was hard for years to tell what name the Los Angeles Open was.  So we have to train ourselves that the Colonial is now the Dean & Deluca Invitational.  For those that have never heard of Dean & Deluca, they are high end stores like Wegmans or Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.  Hard to believe that they would spend a fortune sponsoring a golf tournament in a market that they aren’t in.  They are in New York City with a store in Kansas, California and three in North Carolina.   Again shows the power of the PGA Tour to get more companies involved.

This year goes back to it’s usual time, the week after the Byron Nelson.  It’s gotten the same number of marquee names as last year so the change didn’t hurt it.  Still the golfing world is very crowded this week as the BMW PGA Championship and the PGA Seniors is also happening, so a lot of choices for folks.

As we have said before Colonial is one of golf’s treasured layouts that just can’t keep up with technology.  The course sits next to the Trinty River on the north and houses on the East, South and West of it so there is no way to add any yardage.  So the course is at the mercy of mother nature, if it gets windy the course will play tough, but if not it’s easy.  We go more into detail on this later.

The big marquee name playing is Jordan Spieth, who has captured the golfing world  The only problem is that Jordan really hasn’t been the same in 2016.  Yes he won at Kapalua, but you can land 747s on those fairways and you don’t have to be hitting the ball great to win there.  Going into the Masters Spieth was struggling with his game from tee to green.  He was 79th in driving accuracy and 164th in greens hit.  Putting was good and was carrying his game, he seemed better at the Masters until the back nine when he lost control of his game from tee to green.  So he may of finished 2nd, but his game still wasn’t good.  He took four weeks off and came back at the Players, missing the cut.  Nothing to worry about, maybe TPC Sawgrass wasn’t good for his game.  But we saw in Dallas last week that his poor play from tee to green was starting to affect his putting.  He played in the last group on Sunday and was awful, he shot 74 and finished T-18th.  For the week he ranked T-55th in fairways hit and even though he was T-13th in greens hit, he only hit nine on Sunday.  The scary thing about his game was around and on the greens.  For the week he was 59th in scrambling and strokes gained putting he was 21st.  The key to Spieth’s game is always his putting and he made 61 of 71 putts from ten feet and in, ranking 66th.  Between 5 and ten feet he only made 12 of 22 putts, stats like that aren’t good for any player and for Spieth could spell problems.  He is just three weeks away from the U.S. Open and he needs to really step it up, stats like he is showing will eat him alive at Oakmont.

Now on the other end of the scale with Jason Day playing well and Rory McIlroy winning in Ireland last week, you can see who the early favorites are and right now the only consensus is that Spieth may not make the cut at Oakmont unless he finds some magic.

Hard to believe:

In just 24 days will be the start of the U.S. Open at Oakmont.  In just 45 days will be the British open and gosh just in 61 days from now we will know who won the last major of the year.  Time really flies by fast doesn’t it?

Things you need to know about the The Dean & Deluca Invitational and Colonial:

The 68th year of The Dean & Deluca Invitational. Commonly referred to as the Colonial National, it’s not the oldest event on the PGA Tour in longevity records as Augusta National and the Masters can claim to have been played on the same course longer on the PGA Tour.  The club does have one distinction it’s the only one in America that has hosted the U.S. Open (1941), the Players Championship (1975) and the U.S. Women’s Open (1991).

The tournament got started in 1946 when it was obvious that the USGA wasn’t going to make Colonial an annual stop.  The event was the inspiration of John Marvin Leonard, who operated a store in downtown Fort Worth and wanted to see the best golfers in the world play on his course.  Having Ben Hogan win its first two events gave the event and the course the recognition that it needed.

Hogan went on to win five times at Colonial and the course got the name “Hogan’s Alley”.  At one time, Hogan practically held every record of the tournament.  In the 21 times Hogan played at Colonial, his highest finish was a T-56th in his last appearance in 1970 at the age of 58.  Over Hogan’s career, he won 54 tournaments, with the last victory coming in the 1959 Colonial.  One of Hogan’s most enduring records at Colonial was the 65 he shot in the 3rd round in 1948.  It took seven years for someone to tie the record when Chandler Harper did it in 1955, and it took 22 years for someone to beat the record when Dale Douglass did it with his 63 in 1970.  Hogan loved Colonial and became a dues paying member of the club.  It was only fitting that the greatest of Ben Hogan’s life and golf career is celebrated in the Hogan Room with an audio-visual presentation of his career and some memorable of his career including clubs and replicas of all the trophies and medals.

Now the history of Ben Hogan and Colonial didn’t start with his win in 1946.  It was started in the early 1930s when a young Ben Hogan decided to play on the PGA Tour,  he received financial backing from Marvin Leonard, the man who built Colonial.  Hogan wasn’t a big success, many times were forced to drop off tour and take a job just to earn enough money to rejoin the tour.  But as soon as Hogan began making money on the tour he offered to settle his account with Leonard, who told him to forget about the money.  But in the 1950s Hogan was able to pay back Leonard in an even bigger way.  After Hogan launched the Ben Hogan golf equipment company he offered Leonard the opportunity to purchase 50 percent of the company.  Leonard seized the opportunity and along with Hogan made a handsome profit when the company was sold to AMF in 1960.

The Colonial Country Club was the vision of Leonard, a native of Fort Worth.  He was considered a “workaholic” in the 1920s when his doctor told him he needed to slow down his pace.  Leonard turned to golf and joined Glen Garden Golf Club and Rivercrest Country Club, the best courses of the time in Fort Worth. As Leonards interest in golf grew he became more interested in all aspects of the course, including the types of grass.  In the south, Bent grass was thought to be impossible to grow so all of the courses in Texas were bermuda, which tended to be bumpy.  Leonard thought it would be a good idea to have bent grass and in trying to get Rivercrest to change the club president got tired of the requests and told him, Marvin if you’re so sold on bent grass, why don’t you go build your own golf course and put it in that course?”  So in 1934 Leonard did just that.

He acquired 157 acres in Southwest Fort Worth and hired golf architect John Bredemus to build him a championship course.  On January 29, 1936 the course was opened, and many thought it could be one of the greatest courses in the world. In the late 30s, Leonard also felt that Colonial was the best and lobbied the USGA to hold the Open at Colonial.  Even though the U.S. Open was never played in the South, when Leonard offered $25,000 to hold the event at Colonial it was given the 1941 Open.  Just to make sure that the course withstood the challenge of the best players in the world in 1940 he called in Perry Maxwell to redo holes 3, 4 & 5.

Even with the rain that hampered the Open it was a big success and plans to start a yearly tournament at Colonial were talked about but plans were put on hold because of World War II.  When the war ended, the club decided to hold the Colonial National Invitational and to add some prestige offered a purse of $15,000, the third largest sum on the PGA Tour.  With a first place check of $3,000 awaiting the winner, a field of 32 players teed off with Ben Hogan winning.  Since then 67 Colonial’s have been held with the course pretty much the same as it was in 1941, with some minor revisions that were implemented in 1969 when several holes along the Trinity river were damaged by flooding.

Course information:

Colonial Country Club

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • 7,204 yards     Par 35-35–70
  • The Colonial has a 75.1 rating and slope rating of 138 from the championship tees. The course is very private. The tees, Fairways and rough are BermudaGrass while the greens are Bent.  In 2015 Colonial was the 21st hardest course on the PGA Tour with a 69.78 scoring average.  In 2014 it was the 19th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 70.273 average which is a quarter stroke over par.  In 2013, Colonial was the 24th hardest course playing to a 69.895 average which is just a little bit under par.
  • It was designed and built by John Bredemus, with Perry Maxwell doing some touch-up work and opened in 1936.  There were some minor revisions in 1969 to some of the holes to prevent flooding from the nearby Trinity river.
  • In 2000, the club completed a two year course renovation, which started in November of 1998 when they installed a new irrigation system.  The major work was done in rebuilding all 18 greens with new A-4 bentgrass.  They also redesigned and rebuilt all the 84 bunkers, giving them a new definition so that they will be seen from tees and fairways.
  • All of the green and bunker work were done three weeks after the 1999 tournament ended with the membership not having the full course reopen until April 1st of 2000. Club has also planted close to hundred trees that won’t be in play but in years to come will help define the holes.
  • Normally we don’t talk about technology in golf but when we talk about Colonial one of the reasons for it losing its fear factor is technology.  This course for years was feared my all the touring pros, if you look at the winning score pre-1996 you saw years in which the winner was 7, 8, 9 and 10 under.  But starting in 1997 every year but one (8 under in 1999) saw scores in the double digits for the winners showing how easy the course got.
  • Couple of reasons, first the course has no room to add yardage like other classic courses have done.  Now most of the holes at Colonial are doglegs so the driver is taken out of the hands of players which means most of the holes you have to lay up meaning more players hit more fairways.  Also a lot of players are starting to balk about playing Colonial, two past champions Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson have not played in past years because they don’t like the driver taken out of their hands. We have seen bits and pieces of the proud history of this event crumbling,  I expect that Colonial will again get torn to pieces by players, unless wind pops up.

 

Let’s take a look at key stats that are important for those playing at the Colonial:

This is based on the most important stats for Colonial, based on data from last years Dean & Deluca, and using data from all the players in the field with stats from 2016. What we do is take their rank for each stat and then add up the four catagories.
The scoring average of the field at Colonial in 2015 was 69.78, so with par being 70 that means the average score was just quarter stroke under par, making Colonial the 21st hardest course to score on in 2015.
Colonial Country Club is a relic to a bygone era in which accuracy off the tee, precision shotmaking to the greens plus making lot’s of birdies and eagles is what it takes to win. You can’t overpower this course, that’s why you won’t see long ball hitters like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Gary Woodland and J.B. Holmes here. Every great shotmaker from the last 70 years have won at Colonial including Hogan, Nicklaus, Snead, Boros, Littler, Wadkins, Price, Trevino, Casper, Watson, Scott and Mickelson to name a few. Most important stat to look at is Ball Striking, looking at the list for 2016 the odds are a player in the top-30 of that list will win this week. So why is this so in a time when overpowering courses is the Norm? There is no room to add yardage to Colonial. Since the course opened in 1946, only 169 yards have been added. With 12 of the 14 par 4s and 5s being doglegs, players have to throttle back and hit fairway woods and irons to keep it in play. So hitting it long gives you no advantage because length means nothing when you have to lay up, so short drivers will be in the same part of the fairway as long hitters. That is the reason why players like Corey Pavin, Rory Sabbatini, Steve Stricker, David Toms and Zach Johnson have won this event.
In looking at our four categories, one thing to keep in mind is that last year’s champion Chris Kirk was a rarity, his stats from tee to green were terrible and he won the tournament because of his putting, he was 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting. So when you see his numbers, remember it’s a statistical oddity in Kirk winning.
Our first is Ball Striking, the Tour no longer ranks this stat because they feel that Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green covers this better, in that one Colonial ranked T-26th. As for Kirk he was 68th. Next important is Fairway Accuracy, which last year Colonial ranked 18th while Kirk was T-60th.
Our third important stat is Par Breaker, which Colonial ranked 13th and Kirk led that stat. Last is Strokes Gained Putting, this doesn’t have a tour average but Kirk was 2nd in this stat.

*Ball Striking: Tells a players overall ball hitting skills by computing a players rank in total driving and greens in regulation

*Fairway Accuracy: percentage of times a drive is in the fairway.

*Par Breakers: The course allows a lot of birdies and eagles to be made, so parbreakers is the percent of time scores are under par.

*Strokes Gained Putting: The number of putts a player takes from a specific distance is measured against a statistical baseline to determine the player’s strokes gained or lost on a hole.

Players from this year’s field with stats from 2016:

Click any column title in the table header to sort columns.

For the rest of the players, hit this link:

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the Colonial

Key stat for the winner:

  • Experience at Colonial seems to be an important part to winning.  Since 1996, 16 players have won at Colonial and have a total of 196 victories so that means an average of 12.25 wins for each of the champions.  Last year’s winner Chris Kirk won for the fourth time but in 2014 Adam Scott won for the 11th time.  In 2012 Zach Johnson won for the eighth time in his career as winners range from Tom Watson with 34 wins and Nick Price with 18 to Sergio Garcia who made Colonial his first PGA Tour win in 2001.  The fact is rookies don’t win at Colonial.  Yes, Sergio Garcia got his first PGA Tour win at Colonial but he had won in Europe.  The same with the next first time winner Ian Baker-Finch in 1989, he had won in Australia.  The same with Boo Weekley in 2013.  In looking at the 67 year history of the Dean & Deluca, only eight first winners have done the deed, that tells us to look for an experienced person to win.

Another key:

  • Look at all of the champions, you will see one thing in common, they are accurate drivers of the ball, which historically has been very important in winning at Colonial.  The bottom line is wild drivers just don’t win here.  Now of course there is always an exception to the rule, last year Chris Kirk only hit 28 fairways and ranked T-60th while in 2007 Rory Sabbatini only hit 29 fairways and ranked T60th.  Phil Mickelson hit only 32 fairways in ’08 and ranked T36th but thanks to a hot putter both overcame the driving problems.  In 2009 Steve Stricker got things back on track hitting 36 fairways, ranking T15th while in 2010 Zach Johnson hit 39 fairways and ranked T10th.  In 2011, David Toms hit 38 fairways and ranked T4th while in 2012 Zach Johnson hit 33 fairways and ranked T26th.  In 2013 Boo Weekley hit 40 fairways and ranked T-6th.  Last year Adam Scott hit 37 fairways and ranked T-8th.  Before that between 1998 and 2006 all of the winners were in the top-ten in fairway accuracy, with seven of them being in the top-five.
  • An important stat to look at to gauge the champion this week is strokes gained tee-to-green.
  • Look at this list of players for 2016 in in strokes gained tee-to-green, I feel that one of those in the top-50 of this list will probably be the winner this week.  On top of the list is Adam Scott, a past champion and someone that many will favor this week.
  • What makes this course so tough of a driving course?  All of the doglegs, there are 12 of them and the fact that since the course only plays 169 yards longer than it did in 1946, players have to throttle back and hit fairway woods and irons to keep it in play.  One of the reasons that you don’t see players like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes here is because of that, it takes a special player to keep it in play.  So in a way strategy plays an important part in playing Colonial and length on a lot of holes are a disadvantage.
  • Shot-making is almost a lost art and if you look at all of the champions in this millennium all of them were great shotmakers.
  • Hitting greens will be at a premium, just like in a U.S. Open hitting lots of greens goes a long way in this event.  Look for the winner to hit globs of greens this week.  Now there is another way, if you don’t hit greens, that is scrambling.  Now Chris Kirk broke the streak last year, so he was a oddity, but if you look at the eight winners before that, all you have to do is look at two stats hitting greens or scrambling,  you will see a key for winning.

Winner                              Greens hit   Rank          Scrambling  Rank

2015-Chris Kirk                  46 of 72      T-62nd          17 of 26        39th

2014-Adam Scott               52 of 72       T10th           14 of 20       16th

2013-Boo Weekely             54 of 72       T5th             11 of 18        40th

2012-Zach Johnson            45 of 72     T37th            21 of 27        1st

2011-David Toms                52 of 72     T4th              14 of 20       12th

2010-Zach Johnson            61 of 72      1st               10 of 11         1st

2009-Steve Stricker            56 of 72     T-6th             12 of 16      T14th

2008-Phil Mickelson           52 of 72     T5th              14 of 20      T16th

2007-Rory Sabbatini          48 of 72    T55th              19 of 24        3rd

 

Now I don’t want to jinx the tournament, but weather in Texas can sometimes be iffy in May.  Last week was great, after a rain delay Thursday morning the rest of the weekend was perfect for the Byron Nelson.  But things won’t be good for the Dean & Deluca, the weather on Thursday and Friday is for rain and thunderstorms.  It’s not even close, they are calling for 100% on Thursday and 90% on Friday with ok weather on Saturday and Sunday.  So for many look for a Monday finish and more importantly a different kind of winner like what happened at the Zurich Classic with Brian Stuard winning.

 

 

 

 

 

Who to watch for at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Best Bets:

Matt Kuchar

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT 2 T26 T16 T56 T27 9 T36

Has played great in his last two weeks finishing 3rd at the Nelson and Players. Colonial is perfect for his game, he ranks 4th in strokes gained tee-to-green. He is a slam dunk for a top-five of the worst this week.

Adam Scott

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T24 Win T65 T64

Past champion, he is first in strokes gained tee-te-green so his game is perfect for Colonial.

Kevin Chappell

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T19 T10 T54 T41 CUT

Was runner-up last time he played at the Players. He is 10th in strokes gained tee-to-green, just have to wonder if he has the experience to play this week.

Best of the rest:

Zach Johnson

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T19 73 3 Win 4 Win T9 T30 T26 T14

Knows how to play well at Colonial, can see him doing very well this week.

Colt Knost

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T10 CUT CUT CUT CUT

Another player with a hot hand finishing T-3rd at the Players and T-4th at the Nelson. Did finish T-10th last year he is putting great and does rank 2nd in driving accuracy this year.

Charley Hoffman

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T10 T51 T18 T13 T46 T74 T30

Still playing well, is 37th in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green. Was T-10th last year so maybe this is a course he can do well on.

Louis Oosthuizen

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
WD T38 T19

He is great from tee to green, ranked 15th in strokes gained tee-to-green. May not of played well in past Colonial’s, but he is do for a great week.

Solid contenders

Patrick Reed

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T33 T46

Seems to play his best in Texas, he hasn’t played well in past Colonials but there is always a first time.

Brandt Snedeker

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T2 T45 T16 T59 T29

Has struggled the last two weeks missing the cut at the Players and Nelson, but his game is perfect for Colonial and I can see him rising to the occasion.

Ian Poulter

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T5 76 8 T15

Has played good at Colonial, it’s a good place for his game. His stats stink but who knows if a course that is perfect for a player will rejuvenate that player.

Chris Kirk

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
Win T14 T35 T5 T16 T74

Don’t write off the defending champion. Has had a Jeckel and Hyde type of year but this course could help him play well again.

Jason Dufner

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T43 2 T46 2 CUT T59 CUT

He came close to winning in 2014, losing a playoff to Adam Scott. His game is well suited and he could do well.

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Long shots that could come through:

Steve Stricker

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T27 T38 Win CUT T24 T13

You can never count him out, past winner here can find his game again and play well.

Boo Weekly

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Watch him, has played ok in 2016 and this course is perfect for him, winning in 2013.

Adam Hadwin

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T5

Has played well this year, has problems with one bad round. If he could avoid that one bad round could content like he did last year.

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

He is just lost, be careful in choosing him:

Jordan Spieth

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T2 T14 T7

He is playing in Texas and only 30 miles from home. So he will play his heart out but have to wonder about his game, he showed flaws in not only driving and hitting greens at the Nelson, but also putted poorly. It all came to haunt him on Sunday. Of course guys like Spieth can change in a matter of days, just think that he has more problems not only in his game, but his confidence.

Comments

  1. Brian D K says:

    When will you begin to post YOUR picks and your staff’s picks?

  2. gerald b says:

    Can we PLEASE get a player search box function above for the player stats rankings??…my eyes are getting sore scrolling back and forth searching for players…if not will not be renewing my subscription here….ty

  3. gerald b says:

    thxs again for prompt response Sal……………………….

  4. I am confused on Brian D K saying when I will post my picks and staff’s picks. The picks are here as you can see.

    Gerald, I have no idea on what you mean on player search box function search. Are you talking about the performance chart??? That has all of the players in the field and how they have done. If that is the case there is no need to build a search function because your browser can search a list. If you are on a Mac using Safari or Chrome all you do is hit the command key and f key. In the upper right corner will come up a box that you can search for anything or any name. It’s much quicker and cleaner than us building a search function, those adding more code that bogs it down.
    As for a windows machine, in your browser there has to be a function to search in a browser, just check the keys on top of the browser.

  5. One other thing, sorry but something has gone wrong with this program, it’s suppose to send me an email so that I know to respond. It hasn’t sent any emails in a couple of weeks, that’s the reason for slow response.

    I think that I have answered Gerald B on how to search inside your browser.
    Now last week you asked the question why the list only had 123 players when there was 150 players in the field. That is easy, the 27 players you don’t see are either not full-time members of the PGA Tour or have not played enough rounds to qualify for stats. We can’t include stats that don’t exist.

  6. I have a feeling Bryce Molder is going to win – he is due!

Speak Your Mind

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.