Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial-Fantasy Golf Picks

The Colonial Country Club, known as Hogan’s Alley, will host this weekend’s stop on the PGA Tour. Legendary golfer Ben Hogan, who was a Ft. Worth resident, won the tournament five times, but obviously won’t be a fantasy pick this week. The course itself sets up to reward accuracy off the tee over length and shot-making to its expansive greens. Save your big-boomers for other courses, this week its is all about hitting fairways and knocking it close. David Toms is the defending champ, and is a good selection to contend again.

May 20, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Jason Dufner holds the trophy on the 18th green after winning the HP Byron Nelson Classic after the final round at the TPC Four Seasons Resort - Las Colinas. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

Last week in our FantasyCPR group, it was “Not at the Table Carlos!” who ruled the week with an impressive 224 points behind the winner Jason Dufner and top tens from Jason Day and Ken Duke. The win of the week moved Not-Carlos into first place for the segment as well. Squatney Leather, who won the first segment, is the leader in overall points for the year with MT Cup just 12 points behind.

My picks didn’t fare so well as the cut decimated my group C picks for the second week in a row. I’ll look to bounce back this week at Colonial with these picks:

A Group

May 13, 2012; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Zach Johnson celebrates after a putt on the 18th hole during the the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Zach Johnson-The course plays to Johnson’s strengths and has finished as runner-up in two of his last three starts. He won this event two years ago setting the tournament record and has finished in the top ten three trips in a row.

Matt Kuchar-Kuchar was in contention but faded late last week admitting fatigue after winning the PLAYERS the previous week.  He has a great round-by-round record at Colonial with five cuts made and two top 20′s.

B Group

May 13, 2012; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Rickie Fowler lines up his putt on the 18th hole during the the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Rickie Fowler-The Oklahoma State product has finished in the top ten his last three starts including his win at Quail Hollow. He’s carded some great rounds at Colonial and will look to continue his success.

Bo Van Pelt-Van Pelt’s record here is impressive. He hasn’t scored par (70) or greater in his last 11 rounds. He’s made eight cuts here and has five top 20′s. He finished third last year and will look to contend again on a course he knows and plays well.

David Toms-Toms knows this event playing in 14 consecutive tournaments and finishing in the top 20 seven of those times. He is the defending champion and is coming off a t10 at the PLAYERS.

Kevin Streelman-With three top 20′s in his last five starts, Streelman returns to Colonial where he finished  t10 last year. He’s got the profile to succeed at Hogan’s Alley and looks to make the cut for the fifth tournament in a row.

C Group

Feb 4, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Ben Crane with his tee shot on the par 3 16th hole during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

Ben Crane-He finished MC at the PLAYERS but has three top five’s in the last five years in this tournament. He’s been up and down this season finishing t17 at the Masters and solo second at the Phoenix open but also missing four cuts in his 12 tournaments.

Jason Dufner-This week I’m using Dufner as insurance in Crane struggles. I don’t think Dufner will win in back-to-back weeks, but he has only missed one cut in 12 tournaments so he should be a a safe backup plan. He’s won twice in his last three starts.

Topics: Ben Crane, Bo Van Pelt, Colonial, Crowne Plaza Invitational, David Toms, Fantasy Golf Picks, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson

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