The Winner at Colonial May Be Colonial

At the 36-hole mark of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, the par 70, 7,204 yard, Colonial Country Club seems to be holding its own. Because it’s a relatively short, strategic golf course, it attracts people who have the game to play that kind of course. So there are no innocents here who do not appreciate the lady’s charms.

And so far, the lady seems to be holding her own. The leader is PGA Tour rookie, Brice Garnett, who shot 67, 66 to get to 7-under and a 1-shot lead. His claim to fame this year is that he’s gotten into 18 events so far and only missed 3 cuts. That record a perfect example of the new requirement that almost all new Tour players come through the Tour; Garnett finished 23rd there last year to win his PGA Tour card.

Right behind Garnett at 6-under are two other young players looking to make their splash on the Tour, Chris Stroud and Robert Streb. Stroud almost won the Travelers Championship in Hartford last year losing in a playoff to first-time PGA Tour winner Ken Duke. Streb has made 9 of 10 cuts and —  if his name sounds vaguely familiar — finished T2 in New Orleans at the Zurich Classic just a month ago. 

And then there are a bevy of name players strewn in the wake of these three, but at least close to the propellers. There are 7 players at 5-under including Dustin Johnson, Aaron Baddeley and 3-time winner this season, Jimmy Walker.

There are 6 players at 4-under including Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth, Harris English and Brandt Snedeker.

And there are 6 more at 3-under including Hunter Mahan, Chris Kirk and Matt Jones, winner of this year’s Shell Houston Open.

To add to the case for Colonial, Adam Scott is T28, Defending Champion, Boo Weekley is T47 and Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard and Davis Love III made the cut on the number and are at T60. Matt Kuchar missed the cut for the second time this season (Northern Trust in LA).

So if the lady continues to put a damper on this very talented Tour field, that would be worth watching all by itself. It would bring the same kind of pleasure as the difference between watching a chess match or checkers game. It’s a thinking man’s course.

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