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How strong is this year’s Colonial field? Spieth, Rahm, Rose, Fowler are headliners

2017 Colonial winner Kevin Kisner ready for upcoming Colonial

Kevin Kisner, who won the 2017 Colonial, was at the course for the annual Colonial luncheon, photo ops and media interviews.
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Kevin Kisner, who won the 2017 Colonial, was at the course for the annual Colonial luncheon, photo ops and media interviews.

Talk about a strong field for this year’s Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

Jordan Spieth, third in the world rankings and North Texas’ top golf attraction, headlines the list of commitments for this year’s tournament and has to be considered the odds-on favorite to win.

Spieth won the event in 2016 and finished tied for second a year ago.

Spieth is the top-ranked golfer in the field followed by Jon Rahm (4th), Justin Rose (5th) and Rickie Fowler (6th).

Rahm made his Colonial debut a year ago and finished second. Rose returns for the first time since 2010, and Fowler for the first time since 2014.

Those are among 18 of the top-50 players in the world coming to Fort Worth. Other top-50 players include Brooks Koepka (11th), the reigning U.S. Open champion; Webb Simpson (20th); Matt Kuchar (22nd); Pat Perez (24th); Brian Harman (26th); Kevin Kisner (27th), the reigning Colonial champion; Satoshi Kodaira (29th); and Charley Hoffman (30th).

The field also boasts familiar names in Zach Johnson, a two-time major winner who has won Colonial twice, and Adam Scott, the 2014 Colonial champion who missed last year’s event.

And, of course, there is plenty of rooting interest with local players. Colleyville’s Ryan Palmer, Fort Worth’s J.J. Henry and Fort Worth’s Rory Sabbatini are among a group of area players in the field.

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