The PGA Tour stays in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for the historic stop at the home of Ben Hogan, Colonial. The Crowne Plaza Invitational is played annually on one of the Tour pros favorite courses, a true throwback Texas layout that is fair but often yields some low numbers. It's a smaller track, and some of the game's most accurate ball-strikers, much like Hogan, often fare the best here.
Those are some of the players favored this week, with Charl Schwartzel and Zach Johnson currently holding the lowest odds at 14/1. Four of Johnson's nine career PGA Tour wins have come in the state of Texas, including two of the last three Crowne Plaza Invitationals. Johnson had perhaps the steadiest season on Tour last year, consistently climbing inside the top 10. But he's struggled a bit this year, with his best finish (T18) coming in the limited-field season opening tournament at Kapalua. But this is a classic "horses for courses" pick as Johnson is still one of the best players in the world playing at a venue he's owned in recent years.
Schwartzel had a close call last week up the road at the Byron Nelson, but bogeyed the last hole to fall off the pace set by Sang-Moon Bae. Jason Dufner, who nearly beat Johnson and went back-to-back on the DFW swing last year, joins Matt Kuchar at 20/1. Here are this week's pre-tournament odds for some of the favorites (via Bovada):
|Bo Van Pelt||28/1|
|Sang Moon Bae||50/1|
|Brendon De Jonge||66/1|