Officials at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational extended sponsor’s exemptions Monday to past Colonial tournament champions Steve Stricker and Steve Flesch, along with past major champions Vijay Singh, Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera.
Other sponsor’s exemptions went to Jhonattan Vegas, Scott Langley, Martin Laird and Bryson DeChambeau, the 2015 U.S. Amateur champion who tied for fourth in his professional debut at Sunday’s RBC Heritage event in Hilton Head, S.C.
The latest wave of exemptions, combined with recent pledges to participate from Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk and Jason Dufner, means 71 golfers are on the latest commitment list for Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop, May 23-29 at Colonial Country Club.
8 Golfers ranked among the top 25 in this week’s world rankings in the field for Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop: Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner, Jim Furyk, Kevin Na.
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The top-ranked player in the field, Dallas resident and U.S. Open champ Jordan Spieth, is No. 2 in this week’s world golf rankings and added his name to the commitment list in February.
Spieth and Scott (No. 7), the 2014 Colonial champ, are the top-10 attractions in a field that includes six additional top-25 golfers: Hideki Matsuyama (No. 14), Snedeker (No. 16), two-time Colonial champ Zach Johnson (No. 17), Kevin Kisner (No. 22), Furyk (No. 23) and Kevin Na (No. 25).
Bobby Patton, Colonial tournament chairman, said DeChambeau’s exemption (based on last year’s U.S. Amateur title) could be switched to a Champions’ Choice exemption if the former SMU standout wins the nod in balloting by past Colonial winners.
Results of those ballots are expected May 1 and, if DeChambeau is selected, his appearance in Fort Worth would not count against DeChambeau’s limit of seven sponsor’s exemptions he can accept to play in PGA Tour events this season.
Michael Tothe, Colonial tournament director, said one fresh wrinkle for this year’s youth clinic on May 22 (the Sunday preceding tournament week) will be a competition between golfers from the First Tee of Fort Worth and the First Tee of Dallas.
Dubbed the First Tee Invitational, the competition will have 12 youngsters from each city (six boys, six girls) competing over the three holes of Colonial’s “Horrible Horseshoe” (Nos. 3, 4 and 5).
Dean & DeLuca Invitational commitments
Golfers who have committed to participate in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, May 23-29 in Fort Worth. Commitments are not binding until May 20:
Zac Blair, Jonas Blixt, Steven Bowditch, Angel Cabrera, Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, K.J. Choi, Keith Clearwater, Ben Crane, Brendon de Jonge, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Dufner, Harris English, Matt Every, Steve Flesch, Tony Finau, Jim Furyk, Fabian Gomez, Emiliano Grillo, Adam Hadwin, Brian Harman, David Hearn, J.J. Henry, Jim Herman, Charley Hoffman, John Huh, Fredrik Jacobson, Zach Johnson, Smylie Kaufman, Jerry Kelly, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Patton Kizzie, Colt Knost, Jason Kokrak, Martin Laird, Scott Langley, Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, Davis Love III, Peter Malnati, Ben Martin, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt, George McNeill, Troy Merritt, Bryce Molder, Kevin Na, Sean O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy, Ryan Palmer, Carl Pettersson, Scott Piercy, Kyle Reifers, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, John Senden, Vijay Singh, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Shawn Stefani, Robert Streb, Kevin Streelman, Steve Stricker, Daniel Summerhays, Vaughn Taylor, Brendon Todd, David Toms, Cameron Tringale, Jhonattan Vegas, Boo Weekley.