Golf: Colonial watch '12

Player to watch: Sergio Garcia

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
4:00
PM CT
Past champions are a big part of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. And there's one champ who won more than a decade ago, but could claim the title again.

Player: Sergio Garcia
Why he can win: The 2001 Colonial champ has made 15 consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour and he likes the course.
Why he might not win: He's just 89th in driving accuracy, but normally for Garcia it's his putter that gives him fits. This season, he's 38th in strokes-gained putting.
Best career finish at Colonial: Champion, 2001
Best 2012 PGA Tour finish: Tied for fourth at Northern Trust Open

Player to watch: Rickie Fowler

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
3:00
PM CT
There are plenty of young guns trying to win a plaid jacket this week. And they are worth keeping an eye on.

Player: Rickie Fowler
Why he can win: Has a win at the Wells Fargo Championship and tied for second at The Players Championship. That's a pretty good two-tournament run. He was tied for 16th in last year's Colonial.
Why he might not win: Colonial usually rewards experience and Fowler doesn't have that yet. He's also 125th in the strokes-gained putting category, so if the putter lets him down, he won't have a shot.
Best career finish at Colonial: Tied for 16th in 2011
Best 2012 PGA Tour finish: Winner, Wells Fargo Championship

Player to watch: David Toms

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
2:00
PM CT
The defending champion has to be one of the players to watch this week, right?

Player: David Toms
Why he can win: He did it last year thanks to 62s to open the tournament and then a nice recovery after he gave his big lead back Saturday.
Why he might not win: It might come down to the putter. If that isn't working, he'll struggle to score.
Best career finish at Colonial: Winner, 2011
Best 2012 PGA Tour finish: Tied for 6th at Humana Challenge

Player to watch: Jim Furyk

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
1:00
PM CT
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods aren't here, but there are some familiar names that will be taking swings at Hogan's Alley.

Player: Jim Furyk
Why he can win: Furyk has six top-10s at Colonial in his career and he's missed just one cut all year with five top-15s.
Why he might not: Furyk has missed the cut at Colonial the past two even years.
Best career finish at Colonial: Runner-up in 1998
Best 2012 finish on PGA Tour: Finished second at Transitions Championship

Player to watch: Hunter Mahan

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
12:00
PM CT


We continue our player to watch series with a look at a local golfer who could make some noise at Colonial.

Player: Hunter Mahan
Why he could win: Mahan is one of only two players with multiple wins on the PGA Tour this season and has the stats to do well at Colonial -- fifth in GIR, seventh in driving accuracy.
Why he might not win: His track record isn't great at Colonial and his last two events were a missed cut at The Players and a tie for 53rd at Wachovia.
Best career finish at Colonial: Tied for 10th in 2011
Best 2012 finish on PGA Tour: Won Shell Houston Open and WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Player to watch: Zach Johnson

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
10:00
AM CT


FORT WORTH, Texas -- As we head into Thursday's first round, we're going to take a look at some of the players to watch that could make a run this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Player: Zach Johnson
Why he could win: He's been the runner-up in two of his last three events and has the numbers to make him a big factor at Colonial. He's got top-10s in his last three visits to Fort Worth, including a victory in 2010. He's eighth in driving accuracy -- a must on Colonial's tight fairways -- and 14th in the all-around rankings.
Why he might not: He ranks just 94th in greens in regulation. The winner at Colonial will have one of the best GIR numbers for the weekend.
Best career finish at Colonial: Winner, 2010
Best 2012 finish on PGA Tour: Runner up at RBC Heritage and The Players Championship

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