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Handicapping the field

Handicapping the field

Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps the top 20 players, with odds, to win the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial:

4-1Jordan Spieth Masters champ and Dallas resident seeks his first PGA Tour title in Texas. Colonial is an ideal spot for him.

5-1Zach Johnson Two-time champ in FW owns multiple tournament records, should be in Sunday mix again this season.

6-1Adam Scott Defending champ ranks No. 11 in world rankings, is capable of becoming first back-to-back Colonial winner since 1953.

7-1 Jimmy Walker Former Baylor star has five tour titles in the past 19 months, climbed to No. 12 in latest world rankings.

8-1 Ryan Palmer Colleyville resident tied course record (61) last week in casual round, will have vocal support of fellow Colonial members.

9-1 Jason Dufner Colonial runner-up in two of the past three years (2014, 2012) has the skills to win it this time.

10-1 Paul Casey No player has a better Colonial scoring average (67.5) than Casey, who is making his fourth appearance in Fort Worth.

12-1 Hunter Mahan Former Oklahoma State standout won a Hogan Award here in 2003 and could earn a plaid jacket by Sunday.

14-1 Patrick Reed Last-minute addition to the field ranks No. 15 in world rankings, placed 46th in Colonial debut (2013).

15-1 Fort Worth Foursome Expect one of these Fort Worth residents or Fort Worth natives to surface in Sunday’s storyline: Rory Sabbatini, J.J. Henry, John Peterson or Martin Flores.

16-1 Brandt Snedeker Arguably the PGA Tour’s purest putter, Snedeker is capable of sinking the one that wins it Sunday.

18-1 Steve Stricker The 2009 Colonial champ is back in the field for the first time since placing 38th in his 2010 title defense.

20-1 Charley Hoffman Ranks No. 8 in the FedEx Cup standings and has one tour triumph this season.

22-1 Ian Poulter Gritty standout on multiple European Ryder Cup teams is No. 31 in world rankings and back at a course he enjoys.

23-1 Louis Oosthuizen Won the 2010 British Open, sits at No. 26 in the world golf rankings.

25-1 Kevin Na Longtime Colonial competitor has morphed into player who is No. 21 in world rankings, No. 25 in FedEx Cup standings.

26-1 Ben Martin Rising tour star has climbed to No. 12 in latest FedEx Cup standings.

27-1 Angel Cabrera A two-time major champion should not be overlooked in any field, including this one.

28-1 Retief Goosen The same logic applied to Cabrera works with Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champ making his Colonial debut.

30-1 Patrick Rodgers The 2014 Ben Hogan Award winner, a runner-up in last week’s tour event, will carry good Fort Worth vibes into his Colonial debut.

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