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Jordan Spieth Mounts Home State Defense At Colonial

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Hello friends. We’re staying in Texas this week for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. This puppy’s just one of five invitational events on TOUR and first began in 1946. Since its inception, the event’s been held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The event’s got historical ties to the great Ben Hogan, who lived in Fort Worth for years and won the event a record five times. No one else has won it more than twice.

Spieth is the defending champ, showing off last year his Texas ties and his Scottish tartan plaid jacket.

He finished birdie-birdie-birdie to win by three.

Even more famously, Phil birdied the 72nd hole from behind bars to win in 2008.

Never forget that cannonball…

The Track

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Colonial Country Club opened with about 100 members in 1936. The course was designed by the rare combination of a Texas man, John Bredemus, and an Oklahoma man, Perry Maxwell. It was quickly awarded the U.S. Open just five years later, in 1941, playing at a DAUNTING 7,035 yards for back then.

Today, it’s been extended to a 7,209-yard par 70. She’s got a 75.1 rating and a 138 slope. The last five winners here were, in reverse chronological order, -17, -12, -9, -14, -12.

Colonial can defend itself.

Notable Holes

9th, 407 yards, par 4

Included this one simply because it’s a beautiful hole and because I found this footage of Jimmy Furyk getting hosed.

11th, 635 yards, par 5

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635! There’s not really any tricks or gimmicks here. It’s a straight tee shot and you need to POUND a couple to get home in two.

13th, 190 yards, par 3

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Don’t flare one right, boys.

18th, 441 yards, par 4

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We’ve seen a couple of the iconic moments here up above. Jordan, Phil… there have been many more. You HAVE to work the ball right-to-left off the tee. There are trees waiting if you don’t, and the green is protected by several bunkers and aqua to the left.

Strong finisher.

Clubhouse

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Kinda looks like a prep school. Luckily I’m a prep school guy.

Colonial Country Club Clubhouse grade = 7.6.

The Field

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Some pretty big names: Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Billy Horschel, Si Woo Kim, Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar.

Fore Play guys: Wesley Bryan, Ollie Schniederjans, Ryan Palmer, Billy Hurley III.

Predictions

Winning Score

I listed the last five winning scores above. Pretty much mid-teens under has been getting it done. I don’t see any reason that changes; 14-under wins this year’s D&D @ Colonial.

Winner

This one’s going to be a bit of a surprise but I feel good about it — Phil Mickelson wins in Fort Worth this week. He hasn’t won since 2013, and he hasn’t cracked better than T18 since March 26th, but the last couple winners had been missing cuts all over the place and I’ve got a feeling about Phil this week. If he whips out the pinstripe pants it’s a done deal.

Here he is talking the track.

The Steven Bowditch Memorial DFL Award

Steven Bowditch.

Dark Horse

Call me crazy but I LOVE Jonny Vegas at 100-1. It’s a long shot, but that’s why we’re here.

Here are your betting odds.

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Weather

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Coverage

Golf Channel Thursday & Friday from 4-7pET.
CBS Saturday & Sunday from 3pET on.

Final Thoughts

We had hilarious veteran caddie Kip Henley on the show this week. Fascinating perspective, and this guy is just an all-around great dude. Give it a listen.

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Oh and we had Elise Lobb in the office. Sup.

Enjoy Colonial.