Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
|Location||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Established||1946, 69 years ago|
|Course(s)||Colonial Country Club|
|Length||7,204 yards (6,587 m)|
|Prize fund||$6.5 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||259 Zach Johnson (2010)|
|To par||−21 Zach Johnson (2010)|
The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 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 69 years ago in 1946.
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 as the Colonial National Invitation, 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.
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.
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
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).
|Year||Player||Country||Score||To par||1st prize ($)||Purse ($)||Ref|
|Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial|
|2015||Chris Kirk||United States||268||–12||1,170,000||6,500,000|
|2013||Boo Weekley||United States||266||−14||1,152,000||6,400,000|
|2012||Zach Johnson (2)||United States||268||−12||1,152,000||6,400,000|
|2011||David Toms||United States||265||−15||1,116,000||6,200,000|
|2010||Zach Johnson||United States||259||−21||1,116,000||6,200,000|
|2009||Steve Stricker||United States||263PO||−17||1,116,000||6,200,000|
|2008||Phil Mickelson (2)||United States||266||−14||1,098,000||6,100,000|
|2007||Rory Sabbatini||South Africa||266PO||−14||1,080,000||6,000,000|
|Bank of America Colonial|
|2006||Tim Herron||United States||268PO||−12||1,080,000||6,000,000|
|2005||Kenny Perry (2)||United States||261||−19||1,008,000||5,600,000|
|2004||Steve Flesch||United States||269||−11||954,000||5,300,000|
|2003||Kenny Perry||United States||261||−19||900,000||5,000,000|
|2002||Nick Price (2)||Zimbabwe||267||−13||774,000||4,300,000|
|2000||Phil Mickelson||United States||268||−12||594,000||3,300,000|
|1999||Olin Browne||United States||272||−8||504,000||2,800,000|
|1998||Tom Watson||United States||265||−15||414,000||2,300,000|
|1997||David Frost||South Africa||265||−15||288,000||1,600,000|
|1996||Corey Pavin (2)||United States||272||−8||270,000||1,500,000|
|Colonial National Invitation|
|1995||Tom Lehman||United States||271||−9||252,000||1,400,000|
|Southwestern Bell Colonial|
|1993||Fulton Allem||South Africa||264||−16||234,000||1,300,000|
|1992||Bruce Lietzke (2)||United States||267PO||−13||234,000||1,300,000|
|1991||Tom Purtzer||United States||267||−13||216,000||1,200,000|
|1990||Ben Crenshaw (2)||United States||272||−8||180,000||1,000,000|
|Colonial National Invitation|
|1988||Lanny Wadkins||United States||270||−10||135,000||750,000|
|1987||Keith Clearwater||United States||266||−14||108,000||600,000|
|1986||Dan Pohl||United States||205^PO||−5||108,000||600,000|
|1985||Corey Pavin||United States||266||−14||90,000||500,000|
|1984||Peter Jacobsen||United States||270PO||−10||90,000||500,000|
|1983||Jim Colbert||United States||278PO||−2||72,000||400,000|
|1982||Jack Nicklaus||United States||273||−7||63,000||350,000|
|1981||Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||274||−6||54,000||300,000|
|1980||Bruce Lietzke||United States||271||−9||54,000||300,000|
|1979||Al Geiberger||United States||274||−6||54,000||300,000|
|1978||Lee Trevino (2)||United States||268||−12||40,000||200,000|
|1977||Ben Crenshaw||United States||272||−8||40,000||200,000|
|1976||Lee Trevino||United States||273||−7||40,000||200,000|
|1975||No tournament - hosted the Tournament Players Championship|
|1974||Rod Curl||United States||276||−4||50,000||250,000|
|1973||Tom Weiskopf||United States||276||−4||30,000||150,000|
|1972||Jerry Heard||United States||275||−5||25,000||125,500|
|1971||Gene Littler||United States||283||+3||25,000||125,000|
|1970||Homero Blancas||United States||273||−7||25,000||125,000|
|1969||Gardner Dickinson||United States||278||−2||25,000||125,000|
|1968||Billy Casper (2)||United States||275||−5||25,000||125,000|
|1967||Dave Stockton||United States||278||−2||23,000||115,000|
|1964||Billy Casper||United States||279||−1||14,000||75,000|
|1963||Julius Boros (2)||United States||279||−1||12,000||60,000|
|1962||Arnold Palmer||United States||281PO||+1||7,000||40,000|
|1961||Doug Sanders||United States||281||+1||7,000||40,000|
|1960||Julius Boros||United States||280||E||5,000||30,000|
|1959||Ben Hogan (5)||United States||285PO||+5||5,000||27,300|
|1958||Tommy Bolt||United States||282||+2||5,000||25,000|
|1957||Roberto De Vicenzo||Argentina||284||+4||5,000||25,000|||
|1956||Mike Souchak||United States||280||E||5,000||25,000|||
|1955||Chandler Harper||United States||276||−4||5,000||25,000|||
|1954||Johnny Palmer||United States||280||E||5,000||25,000|||
|1953||Ben Hogan (4)||United States||282||+2||5,000||25,000|||
|1952||Ben Hogan (3)||United States||279||−1||4,000||20,000|||
|1951||Cary Middlecoff||United States||282||+2||3,000||15,000|||
|1950||Sam Snead||United States||277||−3||3,000||15,000|||
|1949||No tournament - cancelled due to course flooding|||
|1948||Clayton Heafner||United States||272||−8||3,000||15,000|||
|1947||Ben Hogan (2)||United States||279||−1||3,000||15,000|||
|1946||Ben Hogan||United States||279||−1||3,000||15,000|||
Eleven men have won this tournament more than once through 2014.
- 5 wins
- Ben Hogan: 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1959
- 2 wins
- Inside the field: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
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