Golf: Zack Johnson
May, 22, 2013
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's time for the second half of the North Texas PGA Tour golf swing and that means a trip to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. It's a classic course that requires smart play off the tee and an ability to move the ball around.
Here are some golfers to watch as the tournament gets set to begin:
Zach Johnson: He's the defending champion and has won this event twice in the last three years, so you have to put him on a list of contenders. He took the lead with a first-round 64 on Thursday and ended up in a fight to the finish with Jason Dufner, who had won two of the previous four events, including the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Dufner had a triple bogey on the 15th hole, helping Johnson hang on for the victory.
Johnson has made the cut in all seven Colonials he has played and though he doesn't come in particularly hot, he's always a threat in Fort Worth. Johnson finished tied for 19th at The Players Championship a few weeks ago.
Henrik Stenson: At Colonial, it's especially important to keep the ball in the fairway and hit greens in regulation. So Stenson is a safe bet since he leads the PGA Tour in both categories. He has played in three Colonials and his best finish is tied for 27th. But his swing is solid these days and he has been playing at a high level. He was tied for fifth at The Players Championship.
Kevin Streelman: Playing the hot hand here. He won in Tampa and has three top-6 or better finishes in this four cuts made since then. Streelman finished tied for 10th in 2011, posting three straight rounds in the 60s after opening with 72. He's in the top 25 in most of the major statistical categories and is clearly feeling confident about his game.
Matt Kuchar: He has been nearly automatic when it comes to making the cut with 16 straight and counting. The question is whether he can back it up with a strong weekend to get a win. He certainly has proven he can get into contention. And he likes Colonial. Kuchar has made six straight cuts in Fort Worth. He was tied for 33rd in the HP Byron Nelson Championship last week. He was tied for eighth at the Masters in April.