Aussies in PGA contention at Colonial

May 26, 2017, 09:52
Aussies in PGA contention at Colonial

Kuchar and odds of +2500 make for a solid play given the way he played last week and his recent history on this course. It was his first PGA Tour event. Jordan Spieth is our defending champion, as he rode his unbelievable short game to a three-stroke victory over Harris English. Kang has very little success with a missed cut previous year and a 37th finish in 2012. At the time, it was Spieth's first win in 19 Texas starts.

Spieth, who played his Colonial pro-am with Bill Murray for the second year in a row, is switching back to his old Scott Cameron flat stick putter after using a mallet-style putter at the Byron Nelson.

First played in 1946, the Dean & Deluca Invitational, which has gone through many name changes over the years, has always been associated with the great Ben Hogan, who won this tournament on five occasions, his first victory coming at the inaugural event.

When Spieth's game goes through these temporary lapses, like in 2016, it's usually his iron play that's the problem. Brandt Snedeker had an up-and-down round and carded even-par 70, his day including double bogey at 5 and a near-albatross at the par-5 11th thanks to this beauty from 297 yards out. I didn't try to hit any super fancy shots.

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Another Spaniard John Rahm is playing the tournament for the first time as twelve months ago he was still playing collegiate golf. Johnson is trying to win it for the third time (2010 & '12).

Eleven of the Top 20 in the FedExCup standings are in the field too: Rahm, Pat Perez, Adam Hadwin, Spieth, Brian Harman, Sergio, Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel, Wes Bryan, Marc Leishman, and MacKenzie Hughes.

With that in mind, who looks to be the smart sleeper plays at Colonial this week? This includes Fort Worth Police Officer Matt Pearce, who last March was shot multiple times in the line of duty, including once in the face.

Nick Taylor (+6800) played exceptionally well Sunday at the Byron Nelson as he birdied his first two holes and added three more on the back-nine for a bogey-free 5-under 65. He was the 2016 victor of this tournament and he finished second in 2015.

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Graham DeLaet (+8200) missed his second straight cut last week. Spieth has finished 14th or better in his last four appearances here overall.

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Johan Carlsson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth Club's revamped West Course. David Hearn (+15500) was 17th here a year ago. This golf course goes right against his grain, and yet he's won there twice.

Ryan Palmer, a member at Colonial has also had plenty of success here and is another intriguing pick to come out on top. Playing in a home game this week, Kraft kicked off the week with a 5-birdie effort, highlighted by a hot putter.

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