THE Colonial Country Club which hosts this week’s Dean & Deluca Invitational was founded in 1936 and is the longest running non-major Tour event held at the same venue.
In 1941 the course in Fort Worth, Texas, staged the US Open, the first time it went south of the Mason-Dixon Line and the Tour made its first visit five years later.
Also in 2003 Annika Sorenstam was the first woman to take part in a PGA Tour event since World War II. With tight fairways, doglegs, water and greens running at 12 on the stimpmeter the course has everything but driving accuracy and GIR could be key stats.
Kevin Kisner has had a couple of top-10 finishes here in the last two years (T5 and T10) and looks quite strong coming into this weekend. He had a solo second at the Zurich last month – his fourth top five this season.
He did, however, miss the cut at the Wells Fargo then followed that up with four mediocre rounds at the Players. However, his form at the Colonial is strong and has an average of 67.75 in his last eight rounds here. Driving Accuracy: 68.86% (13th) GIR: 67.01 (76th).
After missing two consecutive cuts in March and April Bud Cauley has made four top 10s in a row. He was a tip last week and didn’t do much wrong to finish T5. The 27-year-old makes his fourth appearance here with a T14 (2013) and a T21 (2014). Recently been strong in tee-to-green stats. Can’t see any reason why not to give him another go this week. Driving Accuracy: 56.61% (155th) GIR: 67% (77th).
SInce winning the Farmers at the end of January Spaniard Jon Rahm has finished second, tied 3rd, fourth and fifth in nine starts. He is second in strokes gained:tee to green but I do think his odds are quite short at 12-1. As we know he is long off the tee and can sometimes be wayward but the guy has a lot of talent and he will go close here. Driving Accuracy: 59.51% (T118) GIR: 70.21% (14th)