The field has been finalized for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, and Fort Worth golf fans will be treated to some of the game’s best when the first round tees off Thursday.
From young, promising stars such as Jordan Spieth to the ageless Tom Watson, the 124-person field has several notables who will attempt to win the coveted plaid jacket.
Spieth might be the player with the most buzz, the local kid who is fresh off a Masters win. The 21-year-old is the top-ranked player in the field, sitting at No. 2 behind Rory McIlroy.
For the season, Spieth has seven top-10s in 13 tournaments and ranks first in the FedEx Cup standings. Spieth is the only Colonial player ranked in the top 10. The next best are reigning champion Adam Scott (11) and Jimmy Walker (12), a former Baylor standout who won last month’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
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Spieth will enter the Colonial fresh, too, skipping this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
Another youngster to watch is 23-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, who has already topped $3 million in prize money during his brief professional career.
While Spieth and Ishikawa are among a group that projects as the next great golfers, Watson’s track record speaks for itself. The 65-year-old is an eight-time major winner, and has surprised many by his ability to stay competitive in the twilight years of his career.
This will be Watson’s third event this year, as he missed the cut at the Masters and finished tied for 72nd at the RBC Heritage last month.
Watson has had success at Colonial, winning the 1998 event.
The past six winners are all in the field: Scott (2014), Boo Weekley (2013), Zach Johnson (2012, 2010), David Toms (2011) and Steve Stricker (2009).
So are the two-time winners: Johnson, Kenny Perry and Corey Pavin.
The field includes plenty of area ties, as well. Those include John Peterson, a Fort Worth Paschal graduate who has five top-25 finishes so far this season, along with Fort Worth residents Rory Sabbatini and J.J. Henry, and Colleyville residents Chad Campbell and Ryan Palmer.
One-day tickets Wednesday through next Sunday are $50 each. The tournament is also offering a $15 ticket for young teens, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Grounds passes for the entire week are $125.
Tickets can be purchased at local Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores, or bought online and printed out at crowneplazainvitational.com
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760
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