Colonial gets boost of star power from three of world’s top 20 golfers

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Jason Dufner, who narrowly missed a sweep of last year’s PGA Tour titles in Dallas-Fort Worth, joined Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel to give the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial a jolt of star power on Monday’s commitment list.

All three players rank among the top 20 in the world golf rankings, with Oosthuizen — winner of the 2010 British Open — at No. 7. That makes Oosthuizen the top-rated player in the field for the May 20-26 event in Fort Worth, surpassing Matt Kuchar (No. 10).

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion and No. 15 player in the world rankings, will be making his Colonial debut. Dufner, reigning champion at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, is No. 20 in the rankings.

Other notable new Colonial commitments include past major champions Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, Geoff Ogilvy and Lucas Glover. Colleyville resident Chad Campbell joined the fray, along with past Colonial champs David Frost (1997) and Tim Herron (2006). With the latest additions, the field in Fort Worth will feature nine of the top 30 players in the world rankings and two of the top 10.

Dufner finished second last year to defending champ Zach Johnson, missing a playoff by one stroke in his efforts to become the first golfer since 1946 to prevail at both DFW events in the same season. Ben Hogan, the late golf legend from Fort Worth, won titles at the 1946 Colonial and the 1946 Dallas Invitational, later renamed in honor of Nelson.

The latest round of commitments gives Colonial 85 confirmed competitors for its 2013 event.

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

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