via press release:
FOWLER, DUFNER, KUCHAR, MAHAN, GARCIA AND TOMS TEE IT UP
IN FINAL LEG OF PGA TOUR’S TEXAS SWING AT
“CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL” MAY 26-27 ON CBS SPORTS
For the 39th straight year, CBS Sports returns to historic Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, with third- and final-round coverage of the CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network. The Colonial dates back to 1946 and is the longest-running event on the PGA TOUR to be played on the same course, and the 10th oldest overall.
Jim Nantz, three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.
Defending champion David Toms returns to Colonial looking to join Ben Hogan as the only players to win back-to-back Colonials (Hogan did twice; 1946-47 and 1952-53). Last year Toms holed out his third shot on the par-5 11th hole for eagle en-route to a one-stroke win over Charlie Wi.. He is among a strong field with six players inside the Top-10 in the FedEx Cup standings including last week’s HP Byron Nelson champion Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Carl Pettersson and Johnson Wagner. The standout Colonial field includes Louis Oosthuizen, Bill Haas, Sergio Garcia, Nick Watney, Zach Johnson, Bo Van Pelt, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Sang-Moon Bae, Stewart Cink, Geoff Ogilvy, Ryo Ishikawa, Tim Clark, Charley Hoffman, Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, Ricky Barnes, Gary Woodland, Chris DiMarco, Sean O’Hair, Aaron Baddeley, Jason Bohn, Chez Reavie, Kevin Na, Boo Weekley, Trevor Immelman, Y.E. Yang, Andres Romero and Wi. Past Colonial champions include Rory Sabbatini, Tim Herron, Steve Flesch, Corey Pavin, Fulton Allem, Keith Clearwater, Johnson and Garcia.
OFF THE TEE WITH IAN BAKER-FINCH (Baker-Finch won his first PGA TOUR title at the 1989 Colonial)
(On Colonial Country Club and Players to Watch)
Colonial is a wonderful course for the guys that drive the ball well and place the ball well. It’s not necessarily a bomber’s paradise here. It’s more about placement and strategy. The smart golfers play well here. It’s that type of venue. And if it gets windy, the greens will be tough to read as well. The course is in beautiful condition with lush green, lots of grass. It’s presented beautifully. There are great champions here, a lot of major winners. They are the guys to watch.
David Tom is excited about being back at Colonial where he won so convincingly last year. If it’s windy and difficult conditions again this year, he’s someone to look to. It’s his style of course and his game. Zach Johnson is in good form, and he’s a past champion here. I think he’ll do well. I like the guys that control the flight of their ball. Jason Dufner is in good form, obviously, having won last week. He’s hitting the ball as well as anybody. It also his style of game. If you look at the young guys, no one is better than Ricky Fowler. After his first win just a month ago, he is in good form and has been looking forward to coming here for a long while now.
(On the “Horrible Horseshoe”)
There are no harder three holes in a row in golf. You’ve got the 450-yard third hole dog-leg left around the trees. Then you’ve got a 240-yard par 3 that is almost impossible to get it on the green. And then the fifth is the most difficult on the golf course. You have to get through that stretch as efficiently as possible. If not, you can certainly lose the tournament. You don’t want to go bogey-bogey-bogey there. If you’re not concentrating, you can do that very easily.
Lance Barrow is Coordinating Producer and Steve Milton is Director of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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