This week the PGA moves over to Fort Worth, Texas for the Dean and DeLuca Invitational. This is held at the Colonial Country Club and has its beginnings in 1946 when Ben Hogan won the event. He is a native of the area and went on to win it five times.
One unusual thing that goes on at this event is the players have to be invited. There are four other events, The Quicken Loans National, Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and the Memorial Tournament, that run under these guidelines.
The Colonial Country Club is a par 70 course that plays 7, 204 yards. It is located near Texas Christian University and was designed by Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus. This course has what is known as the “Horrible Horseshoe” Holes 3 through 5 swing around in a U shape and are very difficult to play. Pro golfers struggle through these holes.
The three hole stretch 3-5 is known as the “Horrible Horseshoe“. ‘Horseshoe’ because the three holes swing around in a ‘U’ shape and ‘Horrible’ because they are not easy.
Colonial Country Club is located just to the north-west of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The course was designed by John Bredemus and Perry Maxwell. It is right in the middle of a residential area in the Forth Worth area.
On any given week anyone can win. But let’s look at five golfers that show better promise to become the next winner.
Jordan Spieth is the defending champion. He hasn’t played the greatest golf in the past few weeks (missed the cut two weeks in a row) and may have a lot to prove this week and is getting a head start mentally in winning this PGA event. It has got to be difficult for Jordan Spieth to miss the cut two times in a row. He just isn’t playing like his game last season. But we know not to count out him out.
Sergio Garcia isn’t playing well either as this past month has seen a poor play from him. He is one of the top 10 golfers this week as he is third in scoring average and then comes in sixth in greens-in-regulation percentage.
Texas A&m grad Ryan Palmer sees this course as home. He has three top-five finishes and four top 15 finishes on this course. Last year he finished third in this event. Look for him to be up with the leaders in this event.
Adam Hadwin is consistent. He has made the cut in 14 consecutive events and has been in the mix almost every timeout at a tournament. He is 21st in scoring and has finished fifth in 2015 and 22nd in 2016. Look for his momentum to carry him close or close to the top of the leaderboard.
Matt Kuchar finished in the top 10 last week at the Byron Nelson and has three top 10 finishes along with making the cut in the last five events. Last year Kuchar finished sixth and in 2013 he was second at the Dean and DeLuca Invitational. Look for solid play from Matt Kuchar this weekend.
Current Event Odds
Jordan Spieth +1000
Jon Rahm +1200
Sergio Garcia +1400
Jason Dufner +2200
Paul Casey +2500
Matt Kuchar +2500
Kevin Kisner +2500
Tony Finau +3000
Bud Cauley +3300
Ryan Palmer +3300
Zach Johnson +3300
Billy Horschel +3300
Phil Mickelson +3300
Marc Leishman +3300
Pat Perez +4000
Adam Hadwin +4000