The PGA Tour’s Texas Two-Step through Dallas-Fort Worth will include overlapping activities at both events Sunday.
Tournament week functions begin at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, with a youth clinic and presentation of the Ben Hogan Award on the same day competitors play the final round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving.
Once the Nelson winner is crowned at the Four Seasons Resort, the focus will shift to Fort Worth, where multiple fresh wrinkles will be in play throughout Colonial week.
One of the biggest will debut during Sunday’s Nike Youth Golf Day (2-4 p.m.), with fans entering the course through Frost Park, a new entrance point for the event. Frost Park will encompass the park area east of the golf course and will feature interactive golf games, live music and other attractions throughout tournament week.
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The park, sponsored by Frost Bank, also will feature a new security checkpoint, where fans will be wanded in compliance with PGA Tour guidelines. Spectators who arrive in shuttle buses during tournament week will be dropped at the park to enter the course.
That process begins with Sunday’s youth clinic. A free shuttle from Farrington Field is provided for that event. Sunday night, the winner of the Ben Hogan Award will be announced in a live ceremony at Colonial Country Club. The recipient is recognized as the top player in college golf and will receive a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the 2015 Colonial tournament.
Other notable fresh wrinkles for this year’s Colonial tournament include the selection of Tim Love, a renowned Fort Worth chef, as the exclusive on-course concessionaire and some road closures in neighborhoods near the course to help with traffic flow. Fans are urged to consult the tournament website, www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com, for information about traffic flow and parking options during tournament week.
For other information about Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop, we offer this blitz of information:
Hogan Award finalists
A pair of Stanford teammates, Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, will join Georgia Tech golfer Ollie Schniederjans in nervous anticipation of Sunday’s announcement about the winner of this year’s Ben Hogan Award. All three are finalists for the honor, given annually to the nation’s top college golfer in a live awards ceremony as part of tournament week activities at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
All three golfers will be in Fort Worth for the announcement. All three rank among the top 10 in each of the four ranking systems for college golfers: the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and Golfstat Rankings.
Rodgers and Wilson are the second set of teammates selected as finalists in the same year, joining the Oklahoma State duo of Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway in 2011. Schniederjans is the first finalist from Georgia Tech.
A 24-member selection committee determines the recipient, who is judged by his performances in college tournaments (all divisions, including junior colleges) as well as amateur competitions during the past 12 months.
The winner will receive an exemption into the 2015 Colonial tournament, with scholarship grants presented to the universities of each finalist.
Regardless of the recipient, that golfer will be the first from his school to win the Hogan Award. Below is a short breakdown of each finalist:
Patrick Rodgers: The junior from Avon, Ind., also was a finalist for the 2012 Hogan Award. A five-event winner in college tournaments this season, Rodgers is the world’s top-ranked player in both the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.
Cameron Wilson: A two-time winner of college events this season, Wilson has finished in the top 15 of all 10 tournaments he has entered. He has cracked the top-5 in six of those events and is ranked No. 2 in the Golfstat rankings for collegiate players.
Ollie Schniederjans: The Georgia Tech golfer is tied with Rodgers for the NCAA Division I lead in victories this season (5). He owns a scoring average of 69.73 and has won his last three tournaments, including the ACC’s individual title.
Hogan Award winners
A look at the list of Ben Hogan Award winners crowned in Fort Worth since criteria changed for the 2001-02 season to honor the nation’s outstanding amateur collegiate golfer. This year’s recipient will be announced Sunday night in Fort Worth:
|2002||D.J. Trahan, Clemson|
|2003||Ricky Barnes, Arizona; Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State|
|2004||Bill Haas, Wake Forest|
|2005||Ryan Moore, UNLV|
|2006||Matt Every, Florida|
|2007||Chris Kirk, Georgia|
|2008||Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State|
|2009||Kyle Stanley, Clemson|
|2010||Nick Taylor, Washington|
|2011||Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State|
|2012||Patrick Cantlay, UCLA|
|2013||Chris Williams, Washington|
Hogan Award presence in field
A look at past Hogan Award winners, along with past finalists, expected to compete this week in Fort Worth:
|Golfer||Hogan Award status||Best Colonial finish|
|Matt Every||2006 recipient||T-4 in 2013|
|Rickie Fowler||2008 recipient||T-5 in 2012|
|Chris Kirk||2007 recipient||T-5 in 2012|
|Jordan Spieth||2012 finalist||T-7 in 2013|
|Chris Stroud||2004 finalist||T-7 in 2013|
|Hunter Mahan||2003 co-recipient||T-10 in 2011|
|Bud Cauley||2010 finalist||T-14 in 2013|
|Kyle Stanley||2009 recipient||T-27 in 2010|
|Chris Williams||2013 recipient||Making Colonial debut|
|Julien Brun||2013 finalist||Making Colonial debut|
|Kevin Tway||2011 finalist||Making Colonial debut|
D-FW double dippers
Through the years, 14 golfers have won both of Dallas-Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stops in their careers. The most recent DFW double dip was finalized in 2009 by Fort Worth resident Rory Sabbatini. Dallas-based titles include results at both the Nelson (1968-present) and other annual tour stops in Dallas County (1944-67). All Fort Worth titles came at Colonial:
|Golfer||Nelson/Dallas title||Colonial title|
|Phil Mickelson||1996||2008, 2000|
|Nick Price||1991||2002, 1994|
|Bruce Lietzke||1988, 1981||1992, 1980|
|Ben Crenshaw||1983||1990, 1977|
|Tom Watson||1980, ’79, ’78, ’75||1998|
|Jack Nicklaus||1971, 1970||1982|
|Roberto De Vicenzo||1966||1957|
|Julius Boros||1959||1963, 1960|
|Sam Snead||1958, 1957, 1945||1950|
|Ben Hogan||1946||1959, ’53, ’52, ’47, ’46|
Note: In 1946, Ben Hogan became the only golfer to win both D-FW events in the same season. He won the 1946 Colonial in May and the 1946 Dallas Invitational in September.
A list of golfers who have committed to compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Monday-May 25 in Fort Worth. Commitments became official Friday:
Robert Allenby, Woody Austin, Aaron Baddeley, Briny Baird, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn, Steven Bowditch, Scott Brown, Olin Browne, Julien Brun, Jonathan Byrd, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, Roberto Castro, Bud Cauley, Greg Chalmers, Kevin Chappell, Tim Clark, Keith Clearwater, Chad Collins, Franklin Corpening, Jeff Curl, Rod Curl, Brian Davis, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, James Driscoll, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Harris English, Derek Ernst, Matt Every, Steve Flesch, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Brice Garnett, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Luke Guthrie, Bill Haas, Chesson Hadley, Brian Harman, David Hearn, J.J. Henry, Tim Herron, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, John Huh, Billy Hurley III, Trevor Immelman, Ryo Ishikawa, Freddie Jacobson, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Jones, Jerry Kelly, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Scott Langley, Danny Lee, Richard H. Lee, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Spencer Levin, David Lingmerth, Andrew Loupe, Davis Love III, Hunter Mahan, Ben Martin, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt, George McNeill, John Merrick, Bryce Molder, Kevin Na, Seung-Yul Noh, Sean O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Corey Pavin, Pat Perez, Carl Pettersson, Michael Putnam, Patrick Reed, Jim Renner, Wes Roach, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, John Senden, Vijay Singh, Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Stadler, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, Robert Streb, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Daniel Summerhays, Andrew Svoboda, Josh Teater, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Brendon Todd, David Toms, Cameron Tringale, Kevin Tway, Bo Van Pelt, Camilo Villegas, Jimmy Walker, Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Tim Wilkinson, Chris Williams, Mark Wilson, Y.E. Yang.
Colonial winner’s checks
The winner of the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will receive a check for $1,152,000, matching the highest individual payday in tournament history. The winner’s check awarded Sunday will be roughly equivalent to the combined prize money paid to all competitors at the first 24 Colonials (1946-70). It will dwarf the $3,000 payday given to Ben Hogan for winning the inaugural Colonial in 1946. Below is a look at winners’ paydays in Fort Worth through the years: