Zach Johnson, Sang-Moon Bae chase Hogan history at Colonial

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Despite a field lacking any of the top 10 ranked PGA Tour golfers in the world, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial features an intriguing early-round pairing this week.

Defending champ Zach Johnson, Sang-Moon Bae, fresh off his win last weekend at the HP Byron Nelson, and Jason Dufner, the 2012 Nelson champ and Colonial runner-up are scheduled to tee off 7:33 a.m. Thursday at the 10th hole and will be featured Friday with a 12:33 start time from the first tee.

Johnson, who also won the 2010 Colonial, has finished in the top 10 in each of his past four trips to Fort Worth and can become only the second golfer to defend his title, joining Ben Hogan, who did it twice; first in 1946-47 and then again in 1952-53.

“Well that would be an honor and a feat, knowing the quality of talent we have on this tour,” Johnson said Wednesday before playing in the pro-am. “That would be tremendous and hopefully that is in the cards or at least a possibility.”

Bae can make history by joining Hogan as the only player to win both the Nelson and Colonial in the same season and can become the first to win the tournaments in consecutive weeks. Bae also reiterated Wednesday that he’s considering a move to Dallas after similar comments last week at the Nelson were taken as a joke.

“I live in LA, so I move to Dallas. That’s in my plans this year,” Bae said. “It depends on weather, but easy traveling everywhere from here, so, yes, I want to move here.”

Dinner talk

In an attempt to make light of the comments made by Sergio Garcia Tuesday night, Rickie Fowler weighed in on the matter Wednesday during a news conference.

“I like fried chicken, so I will be over for dinner,” Fowler said.

Garcia was criticized for using a racist stereotype in a quote Tuesday night when asked if he will have dinner with Tiger Woods after the spat that began at the May 9-12 Players Championship.

“We’ll have him ’round every night,” Garcia said according to multiple reports. “We will serve fried chicken.”

On Wednesday, Fowler went on to say the whole ordeal, going back to The Players, was just a misunderstanding and that Garcia meant the apologies he gave Wednesday morning.

“Sergio may have just got caught with his tongue tied there,” Fowler said. “He may have taken it a little far. I know he feels bad about it. I feel like it will all be worked out.”

Local addition

Westlake resident Brandt Jobe was added to the field after Brad Fritsch withdrew Wednesday because of a back injury. Jobe missed the cut last week at the Nelson, but finished in the top 25 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April.

Travis L. Brown contributed to this report.

Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JohnsonJarret

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