22nd May 2018 at 7:13 pm #137376aceventurerModerator
This week is the 73rd visit of the PGA Tour to the grand old Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Fort Worth Invitational. Only Augusta National has had a longer tenure as host. The 1936 Perry Maxwell/John Bedemus layout is a shotmaker’s dream with tight fairways, several doglegs and was the first Texas course to lay Bentgrass greens. It’s going to get quite hot over the weekend (35-38 degrees) so greens will probably have to be watered regularly, fast fairways and no winds scoring could be low. Greens in Regulation and Putting Average stats and course experience could be worth looking at.
COURSE: Colonial Country Club, 7,209 yards, par 70
I make no apologies for selecting Walker again this week, his form recently has been top notch with three top tens among five straight top 25s. A T20 at the Masters showed he had returned to form and since then he has three top 6s from four outings. He played really well at the AT&T Byron Nelson last week with a 64 in the first round being a standout. Having not won since he took the 2016 USPGA Championship title it’s good to see him up near the top again. He also won the Valero Texas Open than year so he has form in the Lone Star state. His form here doesn’t look good reading (one top ten finish from four) but the fact he has experience of the course and is in top form he looks solid for this weekend.
GIR: 62.96% (164th) PUTTING AVERAGE: 1.749 (31st)
Chesson Hadley started off the season with a bang with three top four finishes in his first three outings. Since then he has had three top tens and a T11 at the Players two weeks ago. He was scoring really well (66, 69) before a 75 in the third round put paid to his chances, but he got his game back with five under 67 in the fourth round. He’s not afraid to go for it as was shown in the Safeway Open at the beginning of the season when he shot 61 -11 under par. As I said before experience on this course will be important and he’s appeared at the Colonial three times with the best result being 24th.
GIR: 68.46% (T45) PUTTING AVERAGE: 1.712 (4th)
1.50 ew Jimmy Walker (PaddyPower 25-1) Pays 8
1.50 ew Chesson Hadley (PaddyPower 45-1) Pays 8
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