Golf Rankings for Crowne Plaza
This week we tee it up for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The Colonial Country Club course is a beautiful 7,204 yard par 70 course. The course has been a Tour stop every year since 1946, held a U.S Open and a U.S. Women's Open. This is a classic course with narrow fairways. It is a shot maker's dream.
The weather looks like we could have thunderstorms at any time during the four days. It is that time of the year in the South as the weather can change in the blink of an eye. As always, check in on the weather as we get closer to the Thursday start.
This is a tight course with narrow fairways all the way around. You want the shot makers on Tour on your squad this week. Bombers won't be able to out-muscle this course – when you see players like Corey Pavin on a list of winners you know that the shorter hitters can succeed.
And with only two par fives, scoring is going to have to come from somewhere else (psst….par fours!)
Driving Accuracy – It's a tight course. The players need to keep the ball on the course and they won't have much fairway to work with.
GIR – Get onto the fairway, get to the green, putt. Repeat.
Par 4 Scoring – There are only two par fives, so players will need to pick up strokes on the 12 par 4s.
Distance from Center of the Fairway – I'll take a gander at this stat as well as it tells you who does the best job of keeping the ball in the middle of the fairway or at least close to it.
As always, you should examine Strokes Gained: Putting and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green every week.
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #6
Spieth is the best golfer not named Rory McIlroy on the planet. He’s played here the last two years and has back to back top 15 finishes. He missed the cut at THE PLAYERS his last time out, but he’s likely refreshed and ready to start another streak. A top 10 finish is nearly guaranteed. Oh, he’s also second in par 4 scoring average if you needed anything else to get you motivated.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #69
Johnson was everybody’s favorite heading into last year’s Colonial. He had won twice in the past five years and had never finished lower than ninth in those five years. Then, he bombed out to a T73 in 2014 and he never challenged the leaders. I’m getting back on that horse based on his track record and his four top 20 finishes in his last five stroke play events.
Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #103
Palmer is a member at Colonial. He has three straight top 15 finishes here. Do we really need to talk about anything else? I don’t care about stats or form or the phases of the moon. He’s going to be a cornerstone of my lineup.
Chris Kirk [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #111
Kirk has made five of five cuts including three top 20 finishes in the last four years. He comes in off his best finish of 2015 at THE PLAYERS (T13). This course suits his game well.
Paul Casey [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Casey missed the cut here last year, but if you look back he had back to back top 15 finishes in his only two other stops here. Back when he was healthy and dominating. He withdrew last time out at THE PLAYERS, but he was sick so we’ll give him a pass. He had three straight top 10s prior to this withdrawal. He sits 29th in par 4 scoring average and 15th in GIR.
Kevin Na [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #64
Na has made seven of nine cuts here, but missed last year. His two top 10s where a while ago, but he’s playing extremely well without missing a cut since Pebble Beach in mid-February. He sits 19th in par 4 scoring so he should be able to take this course by storm.
Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #84
Poulter hasn’t played here since 2010, but like Casey, you can see some solid results in the past with back to back top 15 finishes. He rates well statistically as well siting fourth out of all Tour players in my analysis as he’s third in par 4 scoring, 27th in GIR, 54th in driving accuracy and 12th in distance from the center of the fairway. He comes in with seven straight cuts made in stroke play events.
Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #36
The Texan has played here twice and picked up a T10 last year. He hasn’t done much since his win at the Valero (which is held in Texas). I don’t think I’ll pay for him this week as I’m not sure which Walker we’ll get.
Kevin Kisner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
Kisner missed the cut at Colonial his first time out last year. However, this is the new and improved Kisner! He fits the profile of a successful player here as he’s 41st in par 4 scoring, 38th in driving accuracy, 62nd in distance from the center of the fairway and 86th in GIR. He’s been on a great run in his last four tournaments where he’s lost in a playoff twice.
Russell Knox [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #41
Knox is my statistical darling this week as he sits atop my rankings as he’s 10th in par 4 scoring, 11th in GIR, 24th in driving accuracy and 12th in distance from the center of the fairway. He’s made four straight cuts and has two top 20s in that run. He finished T21 here last year in his only trip to Colonial. I expect even better results this year.
Senden is nine of 13 in cuts made with three top 10 finishes including last year’s T5. It’s been a bumpy season for Senden, but he comes in with a quarterfinal loss at the Match Play and a T8 at THE PLAYERS and his accuracy off the tee and ability to get to the greens will serve him well.
Robert Streb [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #188
Streb started out hot-fire in the early season leading the Tour in FedEx Cup points in the early going putting up five top 10s including a win before February. Then, he went on a run where he missed five of eight cuts. However, he looks to be back as he placed T30 at THE PLAYERS and followed that up with a T4 at Quail Hollow. He’s 19th in par 4 scoring and 26th in GIR and finished T38 here last year.