Jimmy Burch handicaps the field for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

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Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps his top 20 choices, with odds, to win the 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial:

6-1 Charl Schwartzel Colonial rookie won 2011 Masters and is coming off Sunday’s third-place effort at Byron Nelson tournament.

7-1 Zach Johnson Two-time champ (2012, 2010) has four straight top-10 finishes in FW, lowest Colonial scoring average (67.68) in field.

8-1 Angel Cabrera Runner-up at last month’s Masters posted a T-12 finish at last week’s Byron Nelson.

10-1 Matt Kuchar No. 13 player in world rankings is the highest-ranked golfer in this week’s field.

12-1 Jim Furyk Elite ball striker is the prototype player to place his name on the Wall of Champions.

14-1 Ben Crane Westlake resident has cracked Colonial’s top 10 in four of his last six appearances, including last year

15-1 Hunter Mahan Loves this course, should be fresh after skipping the Byron Nelson last week.

16-1 Rickie Fowler Finished tied for fifth last year, has never missed a Colonial cut and owns a 68.58 scoring average at Hogan’s Alley.

17-1 Bo Van Pelt Ranks No. 26 in world rankings and owns a career Colonial scoring average of 68.75. That’s a strong combo.

18-1 Colleyville Contingent One or more of these residents should contend (Chad Campbell, Ryan Palmer, John Rollins, Greg Chalmers).

20-1 David Toms 2011 winner capable of strong rebound after last year’s surprising missed cut as defending champion.

22-1 John Huh Last year’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year finished fifth in his Colonial debut. He’s capable of improving.

23-1 Jordan Spieth Candidate for 2013 Rookie of the Year honors has the ball-striking skills, patience to shine in Colonial debut.

24-1 Tim Clark Two-time Colonial runner-up (2008, 2009) has not missed the weekend rounds in Fort Worth since 2003.

25-1 Hometown Rookies Do not dismiss FW natives/Colonial rookies John Peterson, Franklin Corpening. Few know this layout better.

26-1 Corey Pavin There is a good reason why Pavin, 53, is skipping a major on the Champions Tour to pursue third Colonial title: It’s possible.

28-1 J.J. Henry TCU grad and Fort Worth resident is overdue for a strong showing in his hometown tour stop.

30-1 Notable Newcomers Justin Bolli, Derek Ernst, Luke List or Patrick Cantlay, the 2012 Hogan Award winner, could surface Sunday.

32-1 Bryce Molder Molder’s Colonial scoring average (68.50) ranks behind only Zach Johnson, Tim Clark among players in this field.

35-1 Jason Dufner No. 20 player in world rankings almost double-dipped both DFW titles last year. He’s capable of contending again.

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