Crowne Invitational, Scott Wears the Crown at Colonial.

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World number one Adam Scott wears the crown at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, by winning a three hole sudden death play-off against Jason Dufner.

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Both Adam and Jason completed the Crowne Plaza Invitational with totals of -9 under par at Colonial. A three hole sudden death play-off ensued, Adam winning when Jason hit a poor shot into the third play-off hole and Adam responded with a very good approach, calmly sinking the birdie putt;

“It’s so satisfying in so many ways to get it done, It’s a good feeling, and maybe some validation. Maybe added a little pressure for myself, trying to play like a No. 1. But I think the important thing was I realized that didn’t mean playing perfect, and I certainly didn’t play perfect all week. But the way you come back and get it done, and I felt like I certainly played like one of the best players in the world out there on the back nine.”

“I didn’t want to let this one slip, as always, a bit of luck involved. And to come out on top is a really satisfying feeling, and hopefully keep No. 1 for at least another week.”

 Jason fought hard, even had a chance on the 17th, the second play-off hole when his approach shot finished really close to the hole. Adam was around twelve feet away, but still rolled in the putt. Jason’s next approach shot left him too much to do, and Adam sunk his birdie putt.

Jason admitted that Adam was tough to beat;

“It’s tough to beat him. He’s a great player. It’s tough to concentrate, he’s so good looking, too. I thought maybe I could sneak one in there on 17, but he topped me.”

Nicholas Thompson and Freddie Jacobson tied for third place with -8 under par totals.

It was a day when most people were rooting for old man David Toms, to come through and win. Sadly David unraveled on his back nine and his lead vanished, along with hopes of winning again.

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 4 Way Tie at the Top

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 David Toms, Chad Campbell, Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama are all tied at the top of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

 

 

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These four  four share a one-shot lead at -7 under par,on a bunched-up leaderboard, going into Sunday’s final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

David Toms, the 2011 Champion, carded a 5-under par 65, and Hideki Matsuyama shot a marvelous -6 under par 64. Chad Campbell a -2 under par 68 while Chris Stroud signed of a modest -1 under par 69.

David knew he had to do something special to get into contention, playing alongside Brendon Todd is good for him;

“I needed a good round to get into contention, that’s what I’ve done, so I look forward to tomorrow. It seems like every time we’re paired together, we both look pretty solid. I know he was coming off a pretty good high last week. It was just a good, positive day.”

Despite his low round today Hideki seems to think he will need to go lower tomorrow;

“Gradually, week by week my game has gotten better, I feel like I can compete now, especially to shoot 6-under today and be in contention. I’m going to have to shoot lower than that tomorrow, but I’m going to do my best.”

Adam Scott is fighting hard to keep his World Number One status, but not thinking about Henrik Stenson who is trying to pass him this week;

“I can only worry about my golf here, worrying about that isn’t going to help me at all. It’s all very tight, we know that. I’m happy to have gotten to No. 1. I hope it’s not such a short stay.”

“I might have been forcing it a bit hard the last few weeks to play too perfect, that’s not how you play golf. Today was nice. It was a good, solid round.”

“It’s exactly how I wanted to come out today, the swing was in a good spot right from the get-go. That’s what I’ve been trying to do, just free it up this week and swing and hit my shot, and I did. Everything went according to play on the front. Unfortunately, just couldn’t keep it going for the 18.”

Adam is currently at -5 under par, just two shots off the top.

Round of the day went to Kevin Chappel, he was on the way to recording a 59, but had to settle for a -7 under par 63, for a -6 under par total.

“I used up a lot of luck today, I had two chip-ins and made some long putts. Fifty-nine would have been nice but kind of lost the feel of the putter there on the back nine. All in all, a good day.”

“I didn’t really think about how special the round could have been until I made the bunker shot in 11. You couldn’t ask for more.”

This leaderboard is tightly compacted, so the winner will need to produce something special, and Kevin has proved it can be achieved.

 

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. D.J. In The Lead

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Dustin Johnson is in the lead at the Crowne Plaza invitational at Colonial.

Dustin Johnson hit 16 of 18 greens during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Dustin secured top spot at the Crowne Plaza Invitational with an opening round of -5 under par 65. He achieved that score using mainly a three iron off the tee;

 “Makes things pretty easy,as long as I’m hitting my 3-iron straight. When I’m hitting out of the fairway, I’m going to be tough.”

” I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing, I’ve got a pretty good game plan for the golf course off the tee. So I’m going to stick to that, just trying to keep getting birdie looks on every hole.”

Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tim Wilkinson and Harris English all scored  -4 under par 66, for a share of third place.

Hunter carded a first round -4 under par 66, a bit disappointing seeing as he was at -6 after nine holes, he had this to say about the course;

” I’m surprised the afternoon rounds are better than the morning rounds. Usually that’s flipped, so it’s a little strange. But there were some tough pins out there and this course plays fast.”

 “This course is the easiest hard course we play all year. You could shoot five or six under like it’s no big deal, and then tournament time comes around and all of a sudden the fairways get a little tighter.”

Tim still has to use a driver off the tee, but the other guys using irons gives him a chance, he talked about his five missed cuts this season;

“If I could play this every week, I’d be a top-five player.Guess you just get in a bit of a funk, I haven’t been playing terrible. Just haven’t been scoring. “

New World Number One Adam Scott could only manage a +1 over par opening round, which could have been much worse. He still enjoyed the company he had today,  playing alongside two-time Crowne Plaza champ Zach Johnson and current FedExCup points leader Jimmy Walker;

“It was a great group for me today, very comfortable to play with those guys. I thought I actually hit plenty of good shots and played from the fairway for 4 over, so it wasn’t ideal. But I managed to tighten up on the back and make a couple of putts.”

“I can’t say I found my rhythm shooting four over, but I felt like everything was in a good spot. I just have to be a little patient, and I think sometimes on a course like this, you need to be. Even with a short iron or a wedge in your hand, you can’t force it because bogeys are easy to come by.”

World No. 1 shoots 71

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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Weekley Wins.

Boo Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by just one shot with a tournament total of  -14 under par.

 

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Boo had been suffering with a fluttering left eyelid during the round, and called his caddie to read distances and the greens for him. After this performance caddy Barry Williams may get the job on a permanent basis. Just look at the stats, Boo hadn’t won a PGA TOUR event in five years and had rarely been in contention in that span. His best finish this year was a backdoor second place in Tampa Bay when he shot a 63 in the final round. He was thinking at one time of giving up golf, to go fishing. But now he says;

” But I can fish and still play golf. It feels good to actually have butterflies again, knowing that I’m in this, an opportunity to maybe win. I might have shot 80 today. But I didn’t. It was my time to win.”

Talking about nerves, Boo quipped about his caddie Barry Williams;

” I can tell he was a little more nervous than I was, or just as much nervous as I was out there because he ain’t never walked that fast. He looked like a horse running to get a goat.”

He had something to say about his fluttering eye problem too;

” I had a few out there. It was coming and going in that wind, I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re going to get home and work on it.”

Second place went to Matt Kuchar, one shot adrift at -13 under par, he was a little upset at the outcome;

” It’s a bummer for me. This is a tournament, and this is a golf course, that I love. It’s difficult at the moment coming just one shot short but you can’t control what other guys do.”

Defending Champion, Zach Johnson finished in third place at -12 under par, just two shots off the pace. Zach said that he had played well, and was gracious in defeat;

“I played well, that’s all you can do and whoever wins, tip of the cap.”

 

 

Crowne Plaza Invitational @ Colonial, Zach Johnson Wins

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Zach Johnson, the good Christian won the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Pentecost Sunday, well done Zach. There was a moment of controvsey after Zach had maded his final putt. Jason had masked him to move his marker from the putting line, and in the heat of the moment zach forgot to replace the marker to it’s original position, he incurred a two shot penalty. That meant he acutally only won the tournament by one shot from Jason. A sad day for Zach’s caddy, Damien whose father passed away in Pensacola, aged 88.

Jason Dufner did not have such a good round and finally fell over taking a triple bogey 7 at the par four 15th hole, effectively handing the title to Zach, in the two horse race.

Crowne Plaza Invitational @ Colonial. Jason Dufner leads, shadowed by Zach Johnson.

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Jason Dufner leads the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by just one shot, he is being shadowed by playing partner Zach Johnson. Jason had a third round of -4 under par 66, and Zach beat him on the day with -5 under par 65 for his round. The pair will tee it up together again tomorrow for the final round, on Pentecost Sunday. I am guessing that Zach will be wearing red again for the last round, it could be a good omen for the faithful Christian.

The next closest player is Tom Gillis at -7 under par, meaning Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson will essentially be in a match play competition for the final 18 holes. I will look forward to it, it should be a great contest and we should see some great golf.

Unfortunately for the rest of the field, including Tom Gillis, they will just be playing for the minor places. Rickie Fowler struggled in the third round managing to come home at even par, for a tournament total of -4 under.

Crowne Plaza Invitational, 2nd round @ Colonial, Jason Dufner leads.

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Jason had a bogey-free 6-under 64 on another windy day at Colonial, to reach 11-under par for the tournament. Just a week after winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Jason had a two-stroke lead over Zach Johnson, at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, the 2010 winner. Zach had a second round -3 under par with a score of 67.

The only player ever to win both PGA TOUR events in the Dallas-Fort Worth market in the same year was Ben Hogan in 1946, Jason would love to join Ben on that short list;

“That would be great company to join, obviously. To have anything compared to him or be talked in the same sentence with him is something that would be pretty unique and special to me.”

” When I step to the first tee, I feel like I’m going to play a good round of golf. That’s a nice way to play. It’s a comfortable way to play. I’m just trying to be confident and think about the things I’ve been doing for almost a year now, and realize that those are the things that are making me successful out here, and not get too caught up in everything else that’s going on around me.”

Zach was still happy with his progress in the tournament;

” Today, it was good. I got off to a great start, that’s always nice. I hit a couple of bumps along the way. I made some good saves, gave myself some opportunities that I missed. And then got some momentum going on the back but it seems like every time I made a birdie I put myself in a pretty difficult predicament to make par. I finished strong. A good save on 15. A good birdie on 16 and another good save on 17. And 18, I’ll take a 4 there. I hit a good putt, misread it. I’m excited about tomorrow.”