Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

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Colonial National Invitation Tournament
Tournament information
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Established 1946, 70 years ago
Course(s) Colonial Country Club
Par 70
Length 7,204 yards (6,587 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6.7 million
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 259 Zach Johnson (2010)
To par −21 Zach Johnson (2010)
Current champion
United States Chris Kirk
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The Colonial National Invitation Tournament is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played annually in May in Fort Worth, Texas at Colonial Country Club, who organizes the event. It is one of five invitational tournaments on the PGA Tour; the inaugural event was held 70 years ago in 1946.

Overview[edit]

Colonial Country Club announced on July 25, 2006, that Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts has signed a six-year contract to be the title sponsor through 2012. The hotel chain replaces Bank of America, which decided not to renew its deal after four years, including the tournament's 50th anniversary in May.

The 2014 purse was $6.4 million, with a winner's share of $1.152 million.

The tournament was founded in 1946, and honors the history of golf by using an official Scottish tartan plaid jacket, for its champions and top committee chairmen. Another tradition feeding Colonial history is the beautiful Wall of Champions on the first tee. Engraved with the name and score of each champion dating back to the 1941 U.S. Open, the marble display casts a reverence over the start of any player's round. In 2003, Annika Sörenstam played in the tournament and became the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias. However, Sörenstam missed the cut after rounds of 71 and 74.

As a restricted field event on the PGA Tour, there is no Monday qualifier and the field is smaller than most PGA Tour events (123 compared to 156). One can get into the field through the following criteria: Former tournament winner, top 50 in OWGR, Players and majors champion over past five years, WGC winners from past three years, PGA Tour winners over past year, Ryder and Presidents Cup team members, top 15 from previous year's event, top 80 from previous season's FedEx Cup rankings, top 80 from current season. A limited number of spots are available through sponsor's exemptions. Two are open by choice of former tournament winners and all remaining spots are filled by those below 80th in the current FedEx Cup rankings.[1]

The tournament is unofficially associated with Ben Hogan, the long-time Fort Worth resident who won the tournament five times, the most of any player. A statue of him at swing completion is near the clubhouse.[2]

Invitational status[edit]

The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour, and consequently it has a reduced field of approximately 125 players (as opposed to most full-field open tournaments with a field of 156 players). The other four tournaments with invitational status are the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, the Memorial Tournament, and the Quicken Loans National. Invitational tournaments have smaller fields (between 120 and 132 players), and have more freedom than full-field open tournaments in determining which players are eligible to participate in their event, as invitational tournaments are not required to fill their fields using the PGA Tour Priority Ranking System. Furthermore, unlike full-field open tournaments, invitational tournaments do not offer open qualifying (aka Monday qualifying).

Champion's Choice tradition[edit]

Colonial has a unique PGA Tour tradition known as the Champion's Choice invitation. Each year, former Colonial champions select two deserving young players, who otherwise would be ineligible, to compete in the tournament.

Pros who made their first appearance at Colonial as a Champion's Choice include Al Geiberger, Tom Weiskopf, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Mark O'Meara, Paul Azinger and Davis Love III. Five Champion's Choices have eventually won the Colonial; Dave Stockton is the only Champion's Choice to win the tournament in the year selected (1967).

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up 1st prize ($) Purse ($) Ref
Colonial National Invitation Tournament
2016 1,206,000 6,700,000
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
2015 Chris Kirk  United States 268 –12 1 stroke United States Jason Bohn
United States Brandt Snedeker
United States Jordan Spieth
1,170,000 6,500,000
2014 Adam Scott  Australia 271 −9 Playoff United States Jason Dufner 1,152,000 6,400,000
2013 Boo Weekley  United States 266 −14 1 stroke United States Matt Kuchar 1,152,000 6,400,000
2012 Zach Johnson (2)  United States 268 −12 1 stroke United States Jason Dufner 1,152,000 6,400,000
2011 David Toms  United States 265 −15 1 stroke South Korea Charlie Wi 1,116,000 6,200,000
2010 Zach Johnson  United States 259 −21 3 strokes England Brian Davis 1,116,000 6,200,000
2009 Steve Stricker  United States 263 −17 Playoff South Africa Tim Clark
United States Steve Marino
1,116,000 6,200,000
2008 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 266 −14 1 stroke South Africa Tim Clark
Australia Rod Pampling
1,098,000 6,100,000
2007 Rory Sabbatini  South Africa 266 −14 Playoff United States Jim Furyk
Germany Bernhard Langer
1,080,000 6,000,000
Bank of America Colonial
2006 Tim Herron  United States 268 −12 Playoff Sweden Richard S. Johnson 1,080,000 6,000,000
2005 Kenny Perry (2)  United States 261 −19 7 strokes United States Billy Mayfair 1,008,000 5,600,000
2004 Steve Flesch  United States 269 −11 1 stroke United States Chad Campbell 954,000 5,300,000
2003 Kenny Perry  United States 261 −19 6 strokes United States Justin Leonard 900,000 5,000,000
MasterCard Colonial
2002 Nick Price (2)  Zimbabwe 267 −13 5 strokes United States Kenny Perry
United States David Toms
774,000 4,300,000
2001 Sergio García  Spain 267 −13 2 strokes United States Brian Gay
United States Phil Mickelson
720,000 4,000,000
2000 Phil Mickelson  United States 268 −12 2 strokes United States Stewart Cink
United States Davis Love III
594,000 3,300,000
1999 Olin Browne  United States 272 −8 1 stroke United States Fred Funk
United States Paul Goydos
United States Tim Herron
United States Greg Kraft
United States Jeff Sluman
504,000 2,800,000
1998 Tom Watson  United States 265 −15 2 strokes United States Jim Furyk 414,000 2,300,000
1997 David Frost  South Africa 265 −15 2 strokes United States Brad Faxon
United States David Ogrin
288,000 1,600,000
1996 Corey Pavin (2)  United States 272 −8 2 strokes United States Jeff Sluman 270,000 1,500,000
Colonial National Invitation
1995 Tom Lehman  United States 271 −9 1 stroke Australia Craig Parry 252,000 1,400,000
Southwestern Bell Colonial
1994 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 266 −14 Playoff United States Scott Simpson 252,000 1,400,000
1993 Fulton Allem  South Africa 264 −16 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman 234,000 1,300,000
1992 Bruce Lietzke (2)  United States 267 −13 Playoff United States Corey Pavin 234,000 1,300,000
1991 Tom Purtzer  United States 267 −13 3 strokes United States David Edwards
United States Scott Hoch
United States Bob Lohr
216,000 1,200,000
1990 Ben Crenshaw (2)  United States 272 −8 3 strokes United States John Mahaffey
United States Corey Pavin
Zimbabwe Nick Price
180,000 1,000,000
1989 Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 270 −10 4 strokes United States David Edwards 180,000 1,000,000
Colonial National Invitation
1988 Lanny Wadkins  United States 270 −10 1 stroke United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Ben Crenshaw
United States Joey Sindelar
135,000 750,000
1987 Keith Clearwater  United States 266 −14 3 strokes United States Davis Love III 108,000 600,000
1986 Dan Pohl  United States 205^ −5 Playoff United States Payne Stewart 108,000 600,000
1985 Corey Pavin  United States 266 −14 4 strokes United States Bob Murphy 90,000 500,000
1984 Peter Jacobsen  United States 270 −10 Playoff United States Payne Stewart 90,000 500,000
1983 Jim Colbert  United States 278 −2 Playoff United States Fuzzy Zoeller 72,000 400,000
1982 Jack Nicklaus  United States 273 −7 3 strokes United States Andy North 63,000 350,000
1981 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 274 −6 4 strokes United States Hale Irwin 54,000 300,000
1980 Bruce Lietzke  United States 271 −9 1 stroke United States Ben Crenshaw 54,000 300,000
1979 Al Geiberger  United States 274 −6 1 stroke United States Don January
United States Gene Littler
54,000 300,000
1978 Lee Trevino (2)  United States 268 −12 4 strokes United States Jerry Heard
United States Jerry Pate
40,000 200,000
1977 Ben Crenshaw  United States 272 −8 1 stroke United States John Schroeder 40,000 200,000
1976 Lee Trevino  United States 273 −7 1 stroke United States Mike Morley 40,000 200,000
1975 No tournament - hosted the Tournament Players Championship
1974 Rod Curl  United States 276 −4 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus 50,000 250,000
1973 Tom Weiskopf  United States 276 −4 1 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton
United States Jerry Heard
30,000 150,000
1972 Jerry Heard  United States 275 −5 2 strokes United States Fred Marti 25,000 125,500
1971 Gene Littler  United States 283 +3 1 stroke United States Bert Yancey 25,000 125,000
1970 Homero Blancas  United States 273 −7 1 stroke United States Gene Littler
United States Lee Trevino
25,000 125,000
1969 Gardner Dickinson  United States 278 −2 1 stroke South Africa Gary Player 25,000 125,000
1968 Billy Casper (2)  United States 275 −5 5 strokes United States Gene Littler 25,000 125,000
1967 Dave Stockton  United States 278 −2 2 strokes United States Charles Coody 23,000 115,000
1966 Bruce Devlin  Australia 280 E 1 stroke United States R. H. Sikes 22,000 110,000
1965 Bruce Crampton  Australia 276 −4 3 strokes Canada George Knudson 20,000 100,000
1964 Billy Casper  United States 279 −1 4 strokes United States Tommy Jacobs 14,000 75,000
1963 Julius Boros (2)  United States 279 −1 4 strokes South Africa Gary Player 12,000 60,000
1962 Arnold Palmer  United States 281 +1 Playoff United States Johnny Pott 7,000 40,000
1961 Doug Sanders  United States 281 +1 1 stroke Australia Kel Nagle 7,000 40,000
1960 Julius Boros  United States 280 E 1 stroke United States Gene Littler
Australia Kel Nagle
5,000 30,000
1959 Ben Hogan (5)  United States 285 +5 Playoff United States Fred Hawkins 5,000 27,300
1958 Tommy Bolt  United States 282 +2 1 stroke United States Ken Venturi 5,000 25,000
1957 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 284 +4 1 stroke United States Dick Mayer 5,000 25,000 [3]
1956 Mike Souchak  United States 280 E 1 stroke United States Tommy Bolt 5,000 25,000 [4]
1955 Chandler Harper  United States 276 −4 8 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald 5,000 25,000 [5]
1954 Johnny Palmer  United States 280 E 2 strokes United States Fred Haas 5,000 25,000 [6]
1953 Ben Hogan (4)  United States 282 +2 5 strokes United States Doug Ford
United States Cary Middlecoff
5,000 25,000 [7]
1952 Ben Hogan (3)  United States 279 −1 4 strokes United States Lloyd Mangrum 4,000 20,000 [8]
1951 Cary Middlecoff  United States 282 +2 1 stroke United States Jack Burke, Jr. 3,000 15,000 [9]
1950 Sam Snead  United States 277 −3 3 strokes United States Skip Alexander 3,000 15,000 [10]
1949 No tournament - cancelled due to course flooding[11]
1948 Clayton Heafner  United States 272 −8 6 strokes United States Skip Alexander
United States Ben Hogan
3,000 15,000 [12]
1947 Ben Hogan (2)  United States 279 −1 1 stroke United States Toney Penna 3,000 15,000 [13]
1946 Ben Hogan  United States 279 −1 1 stroke United States Harry Todd 3,000 15,000 [14]

^ Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[15][16][17][18]

Multiple winners[edit]

Eleven men have won this tournament more than once through 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inside the field: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
  2. ^ Sirak, Ron (May 17, 2011). "Spirit of Hogan remains at Colonial". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vicenzo Wins Colonial Golf". St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida). Associated Press. May 6, 1957. p. 14A. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Souchak Wins Colonial Open". The Day (New London, Connecticut). Associated Press. May 7, 1956. p. 16. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chandler Harper Wins Colonial Golf By Eight Strokes". The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida). Associated Press. May 9, 1955. p. 11. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Palmer Captures Colonial Golf". Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania). United Press. May 31, 1954. p. 10. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ben Hogan Wins $5000 First in Colonial Golf". Nashua Telegraph (Nashua, New Hampshire). Associated Press. May 25, 1953. p. 10. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hogan's Hot Finish Wins Colonial Golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. May 26, 1952. p. 21. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Middlecoff Wins Colonial Golf Title". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). United Press. May 28, 1951. p. 22. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Snead Wins Colonial Golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. May 29, 1950. p. 15. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Flood Washes Out Colonial Golf Date". The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Maine). Associated Press. May 27, 1949. p. 21. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Heafner Cops Colonial Golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. May 31, 1948. p. 27. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hogan Wins in Colonial National". The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah). Associated Press. May 17, 1947. p. 11. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Little Ben Hogan Takes Colonial Golf Match". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Florida). Associated Press. May 20, 1946. p. 10. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  15. ^ 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Media Guide - p. 114
  16. ^ Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial – Winners – at www.pgatour.com
  17. ^ Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1970–2009)
  18. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 

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Coordinates: 32°43′01″N 97°22′23″W / 32.717°N 97.373°W / 32.717; -97.373