The Tour stays in Dallas-Fort Worth and heads to Hogan’s Alley, Colonial C.C. for the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Superstar and Dallas native Jordan Spieth will look to bounce back from his second consecutive missed cut and defend his 2016 championship against a fairly strong field which includes Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and five others in the world’s top 30.
Last year, Jordan Spieth earned his second win of the 2016 season and first win in his home state of Texas, birdieing the final three holes to beat Harris English by three shots. Spieth’s birdie stretch included a few fortuitous breaks on the 71st hole, getting a great bounce off a spectator on his tee shot, getting relief from a grandstand over the green after his second and chipping in on his third.
The 1936 Perry Maxwell design is one of the Tour’s mainstays, hosting its 72nd edition of the event. The course has stood the test of time, requiring precision rather than distance off the tee and possessing magnificent green complexes from one of the most underappreciated golden age architects, Perry Maxwell. Colonial offers an excellent opportunity for the Tour’s roster of players who don’t mash the ball to rack up a high finish.
Storylines to watch
After a strong start to 2017 which included a win at Pebble Beach and three other top tens in his first four starts, it looked as though Spieth might return to his 2015 self. Recently that hasn’t been the case with Spieth missing three cuts in his past seven events and notching no top ten’s in that stretch. His track record at Colonial has been sterling with a win, a runner-up and no finish worse than t14th in four starts. I expect a bounceback and possibly a win.
From one UT star to another
Beau Hossler is in the field at this week’s Colonial on his seventh and final sponsor’s exemption. In his six starts, Hossler has made three cuts but totaled only $61,286 in earnings, which means Hossler will need a second place finish or win to earn his playing privileges for the rest of the season. If he doesn’t, he will have to give it a go with Monday qualifiers or Web Tour exemptions. For those considering a career in professional golf, think again as former collegiate stars Beau Hossler, Charlie Danielson and Jordan Niebrugge currently have no playing status on any professional tour.
Another Sponsor Invite
Another high-profile sponsor’s invite is former long drive champion Jamie Sadlowski who will make his first PGA Tour start. If you were picking the ideal place for a player with immense power and minimal control, Colonial and Harbour Town would be at the top of the list of places to avoid. I don’t expect Sadlowski to make the cut and given his lackluster professional career to date, he is simply taking away a spot in the field from someone who deserves to be in the field.
Year in and year out, course history is a big factor at Colonial, and here are the guys that Paulie likes for DFS, One & Done and a longshot pick.
New look for Wentworth
This week, the European Tour will host their preeminent event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth’s historic West Course. The story of the tournament will be the course which underwent significant changes shortly after last year’s championship to fix the mauling that Harry Colt’s original design took during its 2010 redesign. This time around, the European Tour with help from a few players have tried to bring back the course to Colt’s original intent, removing bunkers, redoing greens and regrassing greens to improve playing conditions. So far, the changes are receiving rave reviews from players and should return Wentworth to its rightful place among the Euro Tour’s top stops.
As for the tournament, 2016 champion Chris Wood will look to defend his title against some of Europe's and the world’s best players. The field will include ten players ranking inside the world top 30 and a mix of veteran and young stars including the likes of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters, Tommy Fleetwood and Martin Kaymer.
Weather continues to plague the NCAA’s as the world of golf has gotten a good taste of the abysmal cold and wet spring Chicago is having. Rain and storms delayed the semifinal matches and forced them to finish this morning. As it stands, Stanford leads Arizona State 3-1-1 while USC leads Northwestern 4-1. The winners of each match will meet in the afternoon final which will be telecasted on Golf Channel from 3-7pm CST.
On Monday, the final round of the stroke play portion concluded with Arizona State’s Monica Vaughan coming from four strokes back of Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho with just four holes remaining. Kupcho made the fatal mistake of missing her approach short on the brutally tough par 4 17th, eventually making a triple bogey.
A preview for the Men’s
The Men’s Championship kicks off this Friday and runs through the weekend and next week. The favorites heading into the tournament are USC, Vanderbilt and LSU, but they will face tough competition from contenders such as Oregon, Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma State. Read our full preview of the teams here.
Romo set to make his broadcasting debut on Sunday at Colonial.
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A Colonial preview
Robbie Vogel dives into the history of the Colonial picking out the most memorable moments in its 71 years as host, the unique way in which the field is selected and much more.
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