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The Fort Worth Invitational

By GolfGuru - 6 years ago in PGA News

This week will find the PGA Tour stays in the great state of Texas for the Fort Worth Invitational. So, guys who were in Dallas for the Byron Nelson will not have far to go if they are playing in the Fort Worth Invitational held at the Colonial Country Club.

There will be some top talent in attendance this week making it easier to fill a couple of slots on your daily fantasy roster. Before diving into an examination of what some of those options may be…

How about a little information about the course and weather?

The tournament is held at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The course is 7,209 yards long and is a par-70.

The weather should be nice. There will be a slight chance of rain on each of the four days of the tournament (10 percent). Thursday will be the only day where any cloud cover is expected. Otherwise, the players and fans in attendance will have clear skies.

But they may wish for some cloud cover as the temperatures hit the mid-to-upper 80s throughout the tournament. Winds will hang around 6-8 MPH.

The Players

Jordan Spieth seems to be a popular pick among many experts. But I’m not so sure he’ll be worth the price tag. As the No. 3 golfer in the world, it is easy to understand why people think he’ll do well. It doesn’t hurt that he’s had pretty good luck at Colonial (tied for 7th, 14th, second, won, and tied for second again).

But regardless of how good he is, he is not playing well right now. Last week, he was one of the favorites at Trinity Forest, and he tied for 21st. The week prior he finished tied for 41st at the Players Championship, and he missed the cut at the Zurich Classic.

To be fair, he tied place third at the Masters and tied for third at the Houston Open. But considering how he has played the last three weeks, I don’t trust him. I would, however, be more inclined to have a little faith in these guys:

  • Jason Dufner: Fortune seems to favor guys who have place tenth or higher in previous appearances. Dufner placed second in 2012 and ’12 and has a sixth-place finish to his name as well—so he’s got that working for him. He last played at the Players Championship where he finished tied for fifth.
  • Justin Rose: He hasn’t been playing like a superstar lately, but he hasn’t been playing poorly either. Rose has been the picture of relative consistency in recent months; has placed outside of the top 25 just twice the last nine months. He’s made the cut whenever he plays at Colonial. But he hasn’t been there since 2010 (tied for 71st).
  • Chesson Hadley: He doesn’t have the track record of success that many winners ten to have at Colonial (tied for 24th in 2015). He has played well his last few times out with six rounds under 70 in his last 12 (three of them at the Players Championship where he finished tied for 11th).
  • Brian Harman: He has seven top ten finishes this season, so you could say that he has played well this year. But he also has a pretty decent history at Colonial. Since 2015 he has averaged 68.5 a round and finished tied for tenth, twenty-fifth, and seventh.

Expert golf advice

  • Jimmy Walker: If there was ever a guy on the verge of a win, it’s Walker. In his last four tournaments he has placed fourth (Valero Texas Open), tied for 25th (Zurich Classic), tied for second (Players Championship), and tied for sixth (Byron Nelson).
  • Kevin Kisner: Consider him your ‘sick or swim’ option. He won last year, so you know he is capable of playing well at Colonial. The question is what version of him will show up to play. In his last ten appearances he has placed 29th, second, tied for 28th, tied for seventh, and tied for 15th; not fantastic but not bad either. However, in the other five, he failed to make the cut.


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