Golf: W2W4 2012 Colonial

W2W4: Round 3 at Colonial

May, 26, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Now things start to get serious as the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial moves to Round 3. Here's some key things to watch:

* Jim Furyk, tied for 17th place at 2-under, said the greens have been extremely "soft and receptive" in the first two rounds and that the fairways are "lush and greener" than in some years past, which is why the leaderboard is stacked with low scores. He said the grounds crew has had to keep the greens soft because of the gusty winds the first two days and he wonders if the wind dies down and the greens brown out some if scores will reflect the faster surface and go up. The forecast calls for winds to be steady at 20 mph - 30 mph today, but to be fairly calm Sunday at about 15 mph and with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Tournament leader Jason Dufner (11-under) continues his quest to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1946 to win both Dallas-Fort Worth tournaments in the same season. Dufner won the HP Byron Nelson last week. He is also trying to become only the 15th golfer to win both tournaments at any time. Dufner tees off at 12:50 p.m. and will be paired with Zach Johnson (9-under).

* Speaking of Johnson, not only is he targeting the lead today, he will also look to extend his consecutive rounds in the 60s at Colonial. After Thursday's 64 and Friday's 67, he's up to 14 in a row.

* John Daly somewhat surprisingly made the cut for only the second time in the last seven tries, so he sticks around Fort Worth for another two days and there's nothing wrong with that. On Friday, Daly (T21st at 1-under) wore a crazy pair of orange-and-black swirl pants with a bright orange shirt (you can identify his girlfriend because she's the one wearing the matching shorts). No telling what he'll (they'll) have on today. Daly was looking pretty good until he bogeyed No. 14 and No. 15, part of a three-bogey, four-birdie Round 2. He tees off at 10:44 a.m., paired with Sergio Garcia.

* If you don't mind a pack of wildly dressed teenage boys (a bit of an exaggeration) joining the gallery, check out 23-year-old phenom Rickie Fowler (4-under). He's in contention, just seven shots back. If you're navigating the course, he's the one wearing the electric Puma ensemble. He tees off at 12:20 P.M.

* An interesting story is Tommy Gainey, who is tied for third at seven-under. The South Carolina native appeared in 2005 on the Golf Channel's "Big Break vs. Europe" and "The Reunion," sort of the golf reality TV equivalent to Dallas Cowboys receiver Jesse Holley getting a training-camp invite off of Michael Irvin's reality TV show a few years back. Gainey, 36, is the first Big Break alumnus to earn a PGA Tour card. He is looking for his first career win. He tees off at 12:40 p.m. in the second-to-last pairing, playing alongside Bo Van Pelt.

W2W4: Round 2 at Colonial

May, 25, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's time for Round 2 at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, so here are a few things to watch:

* There may be no one hotter in the world of golf than Jason Dufner. If you want to see him, get here early. He's one stroke off the lead and tees off at 7:43 a.m. off No. 10 with Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler. They're worth watching Friday.

* Kuchar currently has the longest consecutive non-cut streak (18), but he'll likely need to shoot under par today to make it. He's at 2-over right now. If the cut occurred after Round 1, it would have been at 1-over. Like any non-major, the Colonial is top-70s and ties that get to play the weekend.

* Scott Verplank withdrew, which allowed Kyle Reifers to get in the tournament as an alternate. He took advantage, shooting 65. He's one stroke back of the lead.

* Zach Johnson will try to keep his consecutive rounds in the 60s going at Colonial. He's up to 13 now and tees off 12:18 p.m. off No. 1 tee.

* It's cut day, so watch the guys who are hovering around that 1-over number. The course sets up for some late birdies for those that start at No. 1, so it could be very interesting.

* Harris English shot 60-63 at Gleneagles Country Club on Monday to qualify for the British Open and is clearly still feeling good. He's at 5-under and looking for his first PGA Tour win. The rookie tees off at 1:24 p.m. off No. 1.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's time for the opening round of the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and there's plenty to see. Some things to keep an eye on:

* The Horseshoe (or Horrible Horsehoe, if you prefer). That's hole Nos. 3-5, which includes a long par-3. Players that get through there at even par will be happy. If you're under par, you're really gaining on the field.

* If you want to see some former Colonial winners, you can watch three of them together Thursday and Friday. David Toms, Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia will play in a threesome at 7:43 a.m. off No. 10 tee Thursday. That should be fun.

* Rickie Fowler is worth catching a glimpse of, even if it's to see what kind of fashion statement he's making. The bonus is that you can also see Jason Dufner, the HP Byron Nelson Championship winner, and Matt Kuchar with him. For those coming Thursday afternoon, they tee off at 12:18 p.m. off the first tee.

* Three guys that like Colonial and should have chances to win this week -- Jim Furyk, Ben Crane, Sean O'Hair -- will tee off at 7:43 a.m. off the first tee.

* No. 9 is a good place to watch. Players must shoot at a pin guarded by water in front and then fans can turn and watch the tee shots off No. 10.

* Kevin Na. The man with the waggles has apparently quit doing it with a new pre-shot routine he's unveiling at Colonial. That's worth seeing. He tees off at 12:29 p.m