This week marks the 28th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour stays in the Lone Star State for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. A field of 123 players will tee it up this week at Colonial Country Club, where the "Horrible Horseshoe" will test even the game's best.
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1. Matt Kuchar: Last year's runner-up continues to roll right along in 2014, with his T-7 finish last week in Dallas marking his ninth top-10 finish in only 13 starts this season. Kuchar was also ninth here in 2008 and T-16 in 2011, and his 69.4 stroke average continues to lead the Tour this season. With a win, he could move to No. 1 in the world.
2. Zach Johnson: Few players have dominated a venue like Johnson has at Colonial since 2009: two wins - including the tournament scoring record - two more top-five finishes and no result worse than T-9. Johnson clearly feels comfortable at Colonial, and his tee-to-green game has paid dividends in recent years. Expect another strong week from a player who has won three times since September.
3. Jim Furyk: Furyk is teeing it up for the first time since back-to-back runner-up finishes at Quail Hollow and TPC Sawgrass, and rides a streak of six straight top-20 finishes overall. Furyk has twice been a runner-up at Colonial (1998, 2007) and finished fourth as recently as 2012. He currently ranks 10th on Tour in driving accuracy and 12th in scoring average.
4. Graham DeLaet: He has to win at some point...right? DeLaet's T-7 result in Dallas was his sixth top-10 finish this season and 19th since 2010. The Canadian currently leads the Tour in both ball-striking and GIR percentage and sits eighth in total driving, cementing his spot as one of the best tee-to-green players around. He tied for 22nd last year, opening with a 64 but closing with a disappointing 74.
5. Jordan Spieth: Spieth had an off week while playing in front of hometown fans in Dallas, but this week should get back on track just down the road in Ft. Worth. He tied for seventh last year in his Colonial debut, including a 65-67 start, and this season has surpassed nearly every expectation with six top-10 finishes, highlighted by his runner-up at the Masters.
6. Adam Scott: The new world No. 1 wastes no time in putting his ranking to use this week, and the course should favor his consistent game. But this is just the third career appearance at Colonial for the Aussie, and he failed to crack the top 60 in either of his two previous attempts. After moving to No. 1 while on the couch, though, he'll be eager to back up his new (mathematical) standing atop the game of golf.
7. Kevin Na: Na continues to have a strong year in his return from injury, with eight top-25 finishes this season. He has been quietly consistent at Colonial, with four top-25 finishes from 2007-2012, and currently ranks 10th on Tour in scoring average and 14th in strokes gained putting. With almost $2 million already in the bank this season, he's in position to make a good year a great one with a big week in Texas.
8. Paul Casey: Don't look now, but the Englishman is rounding back into form after injuries forced him out of the spotlight in recent years. Casey garnered headlines with a back-nine 27 during the second round last week at TPC Four Seasons, and his T-16 finish was his third straight top-20 result overall. Casey hasn't played Colonial in four years, but his two prior trips netted a fifth (2009) and T-13 (2010).
9. Chris Kirk: A winner earlier this season at Sea Island, Kirk has been quietly consistent in 2014, making the cut in each of his 16 starts, and he tied for 13th at the Players Championship in his most recent start after a Sunday 67. Kirk tied for fifth here in 2012 and was T-16 the year prior, so he knows his way around Colonial.
10. Ryan Palmer: Palmer tied for 22nd last week in Dallas despite playing the weekend over par, and as a Texas native should have some home crowds behind him this week in Ft. Worth. He is 11th on Tour in birdie average and has cracked the top 15 each of the last two years at Colonial, finishing T-5 in 2012 and T-14 in 2013.