Crowne Plaza Invitational-Fantasy Golf Picks

The defending champion at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Zach Johnson makes a good fantasy golf pick this week. Here he tees off the 11th hole during the second round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour continues its Texas two-step as it heads to Fort Worth as they take on Colonial Country Club better known as Hogan’s Alley since Ben Hogan virtually owned the course winning on it five times during his career. It’s another par-70 and again wind will be a big factor. Another factor to consider is the fact that among the recent winners experience has been a common denominator with first-timers putting up an ugly record and most winners having played the event multiple times. In our picks (listed below), we’ll focus on players with a solid track record at Colonial and who are playing well coming into the event.

Last week in Dallas, Sang-Moon Bae broke through for his first tour win beating Keegan Bradley in the last pairing. In our Fantasy CPR group, Hoochblues took the week behind Bradley, D.A. Points, and Marc Leishman. Foot-Wedge leads the segment in a tight battle at the top while Eagle’s Nest still holds the lead in the overall standing with Foot-Wedge closing in. My entry did ok, but Jason Day was a disappointment and Louis Oosthuizen WD in the last round sure didn’t help. Here’s how I’m planning on bouncing back this week:

Jan 11, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Chris Kirk hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

A-List

Chris Kirk- Kirk has been solid this season making the cut in his last 10 tournaments. During that span he has a runner-up finish as his only top five but does have five top-25′s. The A-List is a little thin this week, but Kirk is a solid option who has a decent history at the Crowne. He finished t5 last year after a t16 in 2011.

Martin Laird- Laird should be comfortable in Texas having won the Valero Texas Open earlier this season. He’s coming off a t5 in THE PLAYERS but has been feast or famine missing the cut at the two events in between his win and t5. Last year he did not play this event but did have pair of top ten’s in 2010 and 2011.

B-List

Zach Johnson-Johnson is the defending champ and has won the event twice. He has made the cut in all seven of his visits and been in the top ten in his last four. Johnson hasn’t had his best season, but is coming off his first top 20 since the opening week at the Hyundai. He finished t19 at TPC Sawgrass and is peaking just in time for his annual strong showing in Fort Worth.

July 22, 2012; St. Annes, ENGLAND; Fredrik Jacobson tees off on the 3rd hole during the final round of the 2012 British Open Championship at Royal Lytham

Frddie Jacobson- The Swede was back in the top 20 last week in the Byron Nelson giving him eight top 25′s in his last nine tournaments. Jacobson has seven previous appearances here with a pair of top 20′s and a pair of missed cuts.

Marc Leishman- Leishman finished t12 giving him four straight top 15′s starting with the t4 at the Masters. He has visited Colonial twice for this event and made the cut each time. He may not have the experience to take the tournament, but should have a solid finish if he can stay in-form.

Matt Kuchar- I’m running out of Kuchar starts (4 left), but he’s too consistent to not have on the roster. He could win any event he plays, so I’ll stash him on my bench to see how he’s playing this week.

C-List

May 12, 2012; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Kevin Streelman prepares to take his second shot on the 1st hole during the third round of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Streelman- Streelman won the tournament in Tampa earlier this season and comes in playing well with three straight top 5′s. He finished in the top 10 here in 2011 but missed the cut last year.

Rickie Fowler- Fowler earned a t5 last year at the Colonial but is coming off an MC and a MDF in his las two starts. This spot could go to Sang-Moon Bae or D.A. Points, but I’ve got a hunch that Fowler is in for a big week, so I’ll go with him on my roster.

Topics: Crowne Plaza Invitational, Fantasy Golf, Kevin Streelman, PGA Tour Picks, Zach Johnson

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