Crowne Plaza Invitational at ColonialTees Off: Thursday, May 23
Colonial CC – Fort Worth, TX
Odds to Win Tournament(For the latest Odds, connect to Sportsbook.ag)
|Bo Van Pelt||25-to-1|
|Brendon de Jonge||50-to-1|
|FIELD (Any other golfer)||11-to-4|
Colonial is usually a kind course to the field, so expect a wild shootout again this week. Last year, Zach Johnson won despite a final-round 72, thanks to runner-up Jason Dufner shooting a 74 on that Sunday. With some wide-open approaches, it’s just a matter of who can convert the medium birdie putts that will be there all week. Here’s a look at the best bets…
Jim Furyk (25/1): Furyk has seven career top-10's at Colonial, including a solo fourth at last year’s Crowne Plaza. After a couple of lackluster performances (a T42 at Harbour Town and a missed cut at The Players), Furyk is in position to contend again.
Zach Johnson (15/1): The defending champ has thrived in this tournament, as last year’s win made it four straight top-10's at Colonial. It’s been a rough year for Johnson, but his T19 at The Players was his first top-20 since the season opener. That could be a sign of good things to come.
Charl Schwartzel (10/1): He couldn’t quite seal the deal at the Byron Nelson last week, slipping to a solo third after an opening-round 63, but Schwartzel is definitely capable of grabbing a win in his Colonial debut. He had cooled off after a strong start to the year, but the tournament favorite Schwartzel seems poised to regain top form.
Ben Crane (40/1): He has four top-10's at Colonial, and while Crane has been up-and-down all year, he posted top-10's (including sub-70 final rounds) in two of his past five starts: Houston and The Players. He’s one of this week’s more intriguing longshots.
Bo Van Pelt (25/1): He’s gone top-20 six times in nine starts at Colonial, including a solo third two years ago. It’s been a disappointing year for Van Pelt, but so far in May he’s been solid. He finished T6 at Quail Hollow, then broke 70 twice at The Players, only to have his week spoiled by a third-round 79.