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. Brice Breaks Through.

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Rookie Brice Garnett breaks through to lead the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

 

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Brice shot a second round -4 under par 66,  giving him a tournament total of -7 under par, and a one-stroke lead heading into Saturday’s third round. He joked about why he seems to play well in the Lone Star State, referring to the lack of tax imposed;

“They don’t take money from you. For some reason, it’s just I’ve kind of adapted to Texas golf. Growing up back home in the spring and fall, it gets pretty windy as well. I kind of relish whenever the wind blows and kind of got to control your ball.”

“This is pretty cool to walk these fairways that everybody else historically through the game has. You can just kind of feel an aura about the whole place.”

“I’m just keeping my head down and trying to make as many birdies as possible. I’m going to try to embrace it this weekend and have fun, and we’ll see where we stand come Sunday.”

Tied in second place is Chris Stroud, shooting a -6 under par 64 to soar up the tournament leaderboard. Chris agrees with White Dragon Golf that having lines on the putter face is a waste of time. He is now using a normal putter face;

” It has no lines on it, I’ve been using another, but it had a bunch of lines on it. I simplified my putting. Get over it, line up and try to bring the putter back square and back to the ball square at impact. I’ve just been rolling it beautifully.”

My driver has been bad, I’ve hit it terrible the last two days. Really, really bad. But putted awesome, so I don’t have to worry about the greens. I just need to get the ball on the greens. Usually it’s the opposite. I usually hit the ball really well and struggle to get the ball in the hole.”

Sharing that second place is Robert Streb, also at -6 under par, he carded a second round -2 under par to reach that total, avoiding the trees;

 “Guess I didn’t get behind too many trees, hopefully, I’ll hit a few more fairways.”

World Number One Adam Scott rallied to make the cut, he  made birdie on three of his last seven holes for a -2 under par round of 68, to get to -1 under par. He just needed to keep playing;

” I’ve been in that situation a million times, you’ve just got to keep playing golf.  Hopefully it’s a sign of what’s to come on the weekend, it would be nice to play 18 holes with a little momentum rather than just nine like the last couple of days.”

 ” It’s not the worse position, but tomorrow for me is the important day here this week. For me to have a chance, I’m going to have to put it into gear and try to get within three or four shots to have a chance going into Sunday.”

 

 

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 at Colonial. Catch Kuchar, If You Can.

It’s catch Kuchar if you can as Matt takes a one shot lead into the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

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Matt Kuchar had a third round of -1 under under par for a total of -11 under, which kept him at the top of the leaderboard in the Crowne Plaza Invitational, by just one shot.

Matt’s third round  finally ended more than 12 hours after he woke up;

” This morning feels like a day ago. It would’ve been nice to extend my lead, tomorrow will be an exciting day.”

Just one shot back at -10 under par are  Boo Weekley, Graham DeLaet, Matt Every and Chris Stroud. Boo said it will be a shoot-out tomorrow;

“It’s going to be a shootout.”

Zach Johnson, the defending Champion is at -8 under par, three shots off the pace, but still in contention.

Jordan Spieth had a share of the lead early on, but some costly mistakes dropped him down the leaderboard. Afterwards he did not want to focus too much on what happened to him today;

“I can’t focus too much on today, I’m really happy with the way I putted. I just made some mental errors, just rookie mistakes that cost me about four shots. Otherwise, I’d be tied for the lead. Just got fooled big-time by the wind on four or five holes. I just guessed incorrectly twice in a row, it was a decision that obviously looks bad afterward. I’m happy to close with a birdie and carry it into tomorrow only four back.”

Tim Clark and Martin Flores shot the low rounds of the day, both with rounds of -5 under par 65.

Tim was happy with the way he played today;

” Yesterday was really bad, luckily I kind of got it figured out and today the swing felt good. I’ve been in this position a lot, so again, it’s about for me staying aggressive on this golf course, when you try to play it safe, it can come back and get you. So I just need to stay aggressive. For a guy who doesn’t hit it very far, this is a very good golf course to come in and do some shot-making.”

 

Crowne Plaza Invitational. 2nd Round Suspended, Kuchar Leads.

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Matt Kuchar is at the top of the leaderboard at the suspension of play in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

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Matt and all the other afternoon players had to endure more than two hours of delay in the second round of the tournament, due to dangerous weather conditions, that included lightning  But that obviously did not upset Matt too much, as he climbed up to the top of the leaderboard. He currently has a one shot lead, being at -10 under par after 15 holes of his second round. The horn blew again just after Matt had hit his tee shop on the par 3, 16th, it was the second interruption of play on the day.

” That’s a bit of a bummer, it’s no fun to wake up at 4:30 to get out here and play three holes. But we get used to it for what we do. I really got off to a great start, and then I kept playing some good golf. This course can give you trouble, but if you are hitting it good, you can make some birdies out here.I was hitting it good and able to fire at some pins today.”

Graham DeLaet, who has completed his second round is currently one shot adrift of the leader, at -9 under par for the tournament, and is also the clubhouse leader. Graham admitted the dreaded Horrible Horse-shoe got to him today, three bogeys at 3,4 and 5.
“It definitely got me today.”

 

Defending champion Zach Johnson is -5 under par through 16 holes and has moved to -6 under for the tournament.

The projected cut line is -1 under par.and if that cut line holds, the players who have already finished their rounds at even par or worse include: Charl Schwartzel, 15th in the world rankings; Corey Pavin, who was making his 30th Colonial start; David Hearn, who opened with a 64 on Thursday but shot a +8-over par 78 on Friday, which included a quadruple bogey at the par-3, 13th where he hit two balls into the water off the tee.

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 1st Round, Ryan Palmer Shoots 62

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Ryan Palmer shot a 1st round 62 to lead the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club by just one shot from John Rollins. Ryan is at -8 under par with John at -7, both players are members at Colonial Country Club.

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Ryan Palmer was reacting to a challenge from his caddy, James Edmondson;

” See if you can match my low score on this course.”

Ryan laughed as he said;

“What do you do when you get that thrown at you, we had a good laugh on that one. I felt comfortable over every tee shot, the way I hit it, I drew it up perfectly like I wanted to. It helps, obviously, the experience I have had here, I can’t begin to tell you what it would mean if it happens, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you on Sunday. This is what I dream about when I play here every year. This is the one tournament I gear up for the most.”

John Rollins is already thinking of a showdown with Ryan on Sunday;

“I think it’s pretty cool, it would be fun if we could fast forward this to Sunday. I think he is a pretty permanent fixture in the men’s group, I know a lot of people know that Ryan is a member. A lot of people may not know that I’m a member here. Hopefully by the end of the week they will,  I hope I come out on top.

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par; they are, Morgan Hoffman, Canadians David Hearn,  and  Graham DeLaet and John Peterson.

Morgan comes into this tournament after a tie for fifth at last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, he said it was a confidence booster;

” Last week was a big confidence booster.”

Graham said he thought they got lucky with the weather;

” I think we got pretty lucky, the wind really didn’t kick up too hard and you kind of expect low scoring out here if you can just keep the ball in play and make a few putts.”

 

 

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.”

Colonial first round, Zach Johnson leads Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Zach Johnson  had a bogey-free -6 under par 64, that gave him a one-stroke lead after the first round in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial,  where the 20-30 mph winds, with higher gusts whipped through the big oak trees lining the fairways. Zach was pretty happy with his first round, saying;

“Today was great. I got off to a good start, just hit some quality shots. I didn’t put myself ever in a position that was too worrisome. I kept the golf course in front me. I attacked when I could attack. I had a couple of nice saves when I needed it.  I feel good. Health-wise is good. I have had some guys that have done some nice work with me from a physical standpoint. I am breaking down. I am 36, right? I’m not saying I practice a ton, I don’t have kids, but I practice a lot and as a result my body breaks down. So I give that enough emphasis. I drove the ball fine. I just kept the golf course in front of me. I attacked when I could attack. I had a couple of nice saves when I needed it. I think I missed the shortest,  the putt I had for birdie that was the shortest I think I missed. But then I made my share, too. So it probably did even out in the end. I felt like I could have had some more. I made a couple of bombs, too. I’ve got zero complaints. I controlled my trajectory in the wind nice.”

Zach sunk  a 40-foot birdie putt at the 396-yard 10th hole, he said of that putt;

 “The big putt that got me going. ”                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zach then had four consecutive birdies, a span that included two par 3s and all the putts were between 14-21 feet. Not bad going.

Jason Dufner, winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship last week, started at Colonial with three consecutive birdies, and was 5 under par after a ten foot birdie putt at the 174-yard eighth hole. Jason was one of four players to finish just one shot behind Zach, with a -5 under par 65. The others tied in second place were, Harris English, Tom Gillis and Kyle Reifers.

Harris English had never played a full round at Colonial until Thursday, but said he had a good solid round of golf;

“Three bogey-free rounds I have had in a row, which I’ve never done. I’m playing solid golf and not really getting out of position. I’m getting my putter going. I’m hitting it to 15 or 20 feet a lot and seemed to be making a good many of those. It’s just been good.”

Jason Dufner had a nice round;

“Iit was a nice round today. The upper wind this afternoon made it a little tougher on the game and get the right hook, so a good start 5 under. I will comeback tomorrow in the morning. Hopefully the wind will lay down, and I will have another good round on the board.”

Rickie Fowler opened with a -2 under par round of 68, which he said was decent but not good enough;

“Decent. Not good, not bad. It’s nice to make two birdies in the last three holes and get back under par and give me some momentum.”