Golf: Ben Hogan

Jason Dufner trying for DFW double

May, 24, 2012
UPDATE: Colonial officials corrected an error from Thursday when they listed 12 golfers that have won both the HP Byron Nelson and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The number of golfers to win both events is actually 14. The full list is below.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The only player to win both PGA Tour events in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the same season was Ben Hogan, who won the Dallas Open (which later became the Byron Nelson) and Colonial in 1946. The tournaments were months apart then, but no one has been able to win both in the same year.

Could Jason Dufner change all of that? He's certainly in position. Dufner shot a 5-under 65 in Thursday's opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and is one shot back of Zach Johnson.

Dufner is trying to become the 15th player to win both the Nelson and Colonial, joining a list that includes some big names:

Rory Sabbatini: 2007 (Colonial), 2009 (Nelson)
Sergio Garcia: 2001 (Colonial), 2004 (Nelson)
Phil Mickelson: 2002, '08 (Colonial), 1996 (Nelson)
Nick Price: 1994 (Colonial), 1991 (Nelson)
Bruce Lietzke: 1992 (Colonial), 1981, 88 (Nelson)
Ben Crenshaw: 1977, 90 (Colonial), 1983 (Nelson)
Lanny Wadkins: 1988 (Colonial), 1973 (Nelson)
Jack Nicklaus: 1982 (Colonial), 1970, 71 (Nelson)
Bruce Devlin: 1966 (Colonial), 1969 (Nelson)
Roberto DiVicenzo: 1957 (Colonial), 1966 (Nelson)
Ben Hogan: 1946-47, 1952-53, 1959 (Colonial), 1946 (Dallas)
Julius Boros: 1960, 63 (Colonial), 1959 (Dallas)
Sam Snead: 1950 (Colonial), 1945, 1957-58 (Dallas)

Zach Johnson ready to defend Colonial title

May, 18, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- When Zach Johnson hoisted the Leonard Trophy in 2010 –setting the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial’s scoring record of 21-under – he was overwhelmed by the rich history of the tournament. Now, he returns to Fort Worth as the defending champion. Perhaps the wait for this moment took as long as his final round last year, overcoming two lightning delays due to stormy weather and still managing to shoot a 64. Once he sees his name engraved in the Colonial’s Wall of Champions, the experience may be too surreal for Johnson.

“I’m kind of hoping I tee off on 10 on Thursday,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to get caught up in it. It’s cool. It’s a complete honor. It’s a humbling honor. You are talking about one or more elite fraternities in sports, let alone golf.”

His name isn’t on the wall five times like Fort Worth native Ben Hogan, but he’d be in some elite company if he wins again. Asides from Hogan, only eight other men were capable of winning this tournament twice. No one has won consecutive Colonials since Hogan in 1952-53. Hogan also did it in 1946-47.

It’s safe to say Johnson wouldn’t mind having another plaid jacket by the end of the weekend.

“This tournament is always high on my list of wanting to win," Johnson said. "It always has been. It still is. Just because I won it once doesn’t mean I don’t want to win it again. I’ve become partial to that plaid. It’s the people here, too. That’s what makes these places special. It’s the club, and the members here and what the members are trying to do for the area, too.”