Crowne Plaza Invitational preview

Johnson looks to defend Colonial crown

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Alex Dawkins
Wed, 22 May 2013

Crowne Plaza Invitational preview

ZACH Johnson will look to claim his second Crowne Plaza Invitational win in as many years when he tees off at Colonial Country Club on Thursday.

Johnson limped to victory last year, despite being penalised two shots for failing to replace his ball in the right place during the final round.

Johnson has not been in much form this season, but this is a course he seems to enjoy, having won both last year and in 2010, setting a tournament record low score in the process.

Charl Schwartzel should provide some stern competition, having looked strong when finishing third at the Byron Nelson last week.

Matt Kuchar has also never missed a cut at Colonial and has made 16 consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour, but might need to find something extra to fend off the strong field here.

Angel Cabrera is another who raises his game for the big events, and has found some form recently, losing to Adam Scott in a play-off at the Masters and carding three top-20 finishes in his last five starts.

Ever since the tournament's inception in 1946 it has been played at the same venue, often dubbed 'Hogan's Alley' - Hogan considered Colonial his home course and won the event five times.

Crowne Plaza Invitational

Where?
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas

When?
May 23 to 26

The course
Par-70; 7,204 yards

Purse
$6.4m (winner: $1.152m)

Defending champion
Zach Jonhson (-12)

Tournament records
Most wins: 5 (Ben Hogan 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1959)
Lowest score: -21 (Zach Johnson 2010)

Did you know?
Ben Hogan is the only man to have won the Byron Nelson and Colonial titles in the same year - 1946. He also has the most top ten finishes of any player with 15.

Betting
In-form Charl Schwartzel and defending champion Zach Johnson head the field at 14/1 and 15/1 respectively, but Henrik Stenson at 33/1 and Kevin Streelman at 28/1 offer better value at longer odds.

Live coverage
Thursday: Sky Sports 3 (8pm)
Friday: Sky Sports 2 (8pm)
Saturday: Sky Sports 2 (7pm)
Sunday: Sky Sports 2 (6pm)

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