May 21, 2014

Jimmy Burch handicaps the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Dallas’ Jordan Spieth likes the layout of Fort Worth’s venerable course, one reason to make him the favorite.

Handicapping the field

Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps his top 20 choices, with odds, to win the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial:

6-1 Jordan Spieth Dallas resident and Masters runner-up likes this layout, will be more relaxed than last week at Byron Nelson.

7-1 Zach Johnson Hoisted the Colonial hardware in last two even-numbered years (2012, 2010). Clearly due in 2014.

8-1 Matt Kuchar No. 4 player in world rankings could make a major move toward the top spot with a victory at Hogan’s Alley.

9-1 Adam Scott Newly installed No. 1 in world rankings will be playing only his second tournament since his April 17 wedding.

10-1 Jim Furyk Elite ball striker and perpetual Colonial contender is the prototype player to place his name on Wall of Champions.

12-1 Rickie Fowler Four career starts, four cuts made, one top-5 finish for Crowne Plaza pitch man who excels in Fort Worth.

14-1 John Huh 2012 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year has finished fifth, 11th in two Colonial starts. He’s capable of winning.

15-1 Tim Clark Two-time runner-up (2008, 2009) was seventh last year, has not missed weekend rounds in Fort Worth since 2003.

16-1 Jimmy Walker Former Baylor star and Boerne resident leads this year’s PGA Tour in victories (3), FedEx Cup points.

18-1 Colleyville Contingent At least one of these residents should contend (Ryan Palmer, Chad Campbell, John Rollins, Greg Chalmers).

20-1 Hunter Mahan Dallas resident loves this course, plays well in Fort Worth, should be fresh after skipping last week’s Byron Nelson.

22-1 Dustin Johnson No. 14 player in world rankings returns to Colonial after finishing seventh Sunday in Irving.

24-1 Marc Leishman 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of Year played his way into contention last week at the Nelson, can do the same at Colonial.

25-1 Louis Oosthuizen Finished 19th in Fort Worth debut (2012) before missing last year’s event with neck injury.

26-1 Fort Worth Frogs TCU grads J.J. Henry and Franklin Corpening have ample course knowledge, large vocal followings.

28-1 David Toms 2011 champ owns 68.9 career scoring average in Fort Worth, ranks third in Colonial career earnings ($2.36 million).

29-1 Brendon Todd Nelson champ has the chance to complete an unprecedented DFW double in consecutive weeks.

30-1 Charley Hoffman Working on active streak of eight consecutive Colonial rounds at par or better.

32-1 Jason Dufner No. 22 player in world rankings almost double-dipped both DFW titles in 2012.

35-1 Boo Weekley Defending champ is coming off last week’s top-10 finish at the Byron Nelson.

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