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Johnson looks to defend title at Colonial
By: Steve Bennett - StatFox
Published: 5/23/2013  at  12:02:00 AM
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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Tees Off: Thursday, May 23
Colonial CC – Fort Worth, TX

Odds to Win Tournament

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Charl Schwartzel10-to-1
Zach Johnson15-to-1
Matt Kuchar20-to-1
Jason Dufner20-to-1
Kevin Streelman25-to-1
Bo Van Pelt25-to-1
Jim Furyk25-to-1
Rickie Fowler25-to-1
Charley Hoffman30-to-1
Martin Laird30-to-1
Henrik Stenson30-to-1
Hunter Mahan30-to-1
Marc Leishman30-to-1
D.A. Points40-to-1
Ryan Palmer40-to-1
John Huh40-to-1
Freddie Jacobson40-to-1
Harris English40-to-1
Scott Piercy40-to-1
Tim Clark40-to-1
Chris Kirk40-to-1
Ben Crane40-to-1
Brendon de Jonge50-to-1
Graham DeLaet50-to-1
Jordan Spieth50-to-1
Ryan Moore50-to-1
Kyle Stanley50-to-1
Sang-Moon Bae50-to-1
Jeff Overton60-to-1
David Toms60-to-1
Angel Cabrera60-to-1
Robert Karlsson60-to-1
Carl Pettersson60-to-1
John Senden60-to-1
Stewart Cink60-to-1
Boo Weekley80-to-1
12 golfers100-to-1
Patrick Cantlay150-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.

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