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It's Colonial week. Here's the stellar field, how to park and other things to know

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.

It’s one of the best weeks of the year. It’s Colonial week.

There were questions whether Fort Worth PGA Tour stop would be going away, but the Colonial appears to be in good shape going forward.

This year's event, called the Fort Worth Invitational, boasts a strong field. Nos. 3-6 in the world are all coming to town, headlined by North Texas’ top golf attraction Jordan Spieth and the always popular Rickie Fowler.

Here's what you need to know for the tournament:

Course: Colonial Country club (7,209 yards, par 70)

Purse: $7.1 million ($1.278 to winner)

Defending champion: Kevin Kisner

Who's playing? Spieth is the top-ranked golfer in the field (3rd) followed by Jon Rahm (4th), Justin Rose (5th) and Fowler (6th). 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).

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at www.fwinvitational.com or at area Albertsons and Tom Thumb stores. No tickets will be sold at the course entry gates during tournament week. Public ticket prices: Champions Club Badge (Wed.-Sun.), $250; Weekly Grounds Badge (Wed.-Sun.), $125; Daily Champions Club ticket, $95 (one-day admission, Wed.-Sun.); Daily Grounds ticket, $50 (one-day admission, Wednesday-Sunday). Daily youth tickets, $15 (ages 13-17). Children 12 and under are free.

Admission is free Monday and Tuesday.

Parking: Public parking is available at Farrington Field and Rockwood Lane lots for $15 in advance online, or $20 at the lot on the day of parking. Price includes shuttle to and from the course. Farrington Field lot is open Wednesday-Sunday. Rockwood Lane lot available Thursday-Sunday. Monday-Tuesday parking is free at Farrington Field, with shuttle to and from the course main entrance.

Tournament officials recommend fans to uses Rockwood Lane lots Thursday-Sunday as there is construction around Farrington Field.

"Bronze parking" is available at TCU Lot 2 (southwest of the football stadium) for $50 a day on a first-come, first-serve basis with shuttle service to the clubhouse.

Best hole? The par-3 13th is the "party hole." It's the place to be if you're looking for action and a scene. If you're looking for the best golf holes, head to Nos. 3-4-5 known as the "Horrible Horseshoe."

It's always fun watching the pros tee off on No. 5, one of the toughest driving holes.

Plaid jacket: It's not as prestigious as a green jacket, but the Colonial gives its winners an official Scottish royal tartan plaid jacket. It's a tradition that began during the 1952 event.

Tee times: Monday features a pro-am inn the morning and practice rounds in the afternoon. Tuesday features practice rounds all day. Wednesday’s morning flight pro-am begins at 6:50 a.m. and the afternoon flight begins at noon.

Tournament rounds Thursday-Sunday start at 7:30 a.m.

Security check: Fans will be wanded at course entrances and the course has similar bag policies as other sports venues in the area such as AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park and the American Airlines Center. Detailed information is available on the tournament website.

Remember: Mobile devices must be on silent at all times and calls must be conducted in designated areas.

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