The 28th event of the wraparound season is upon us, as the PGA Tour heads to Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. A field of 132 will tackle Colonial Country Club, better known as "Hogan's Alley."
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1. Zach Johnson: A course specialist playing some great golf right now. Johnson reeled off five straight top-10 finishes at Colonial from 2009-2013, including a pair of wins, and he comes in with five top-20 finishes in his last six starts overall.
2. Jordan Spieth: Coming off a rare missed cut, Spieth will have plenty of support from the Texas crowds. Both of his first two trips to Colonial netted top-15 finishes, highlighted by a T-7 finish in 2013, and six of his eight rounds have been in the 60s.
3. Ryan Palmer: Palmer is a member at Colonial, has three straigh top-15 finishes in this event and is in the midst of a successful season. He has turned 11 starts into seven top-25 finishes, including a runner-up in Phoenix, and he is seventh on Tour in scoring average.
4. Jimmy Walker: Walker won earlier this year in the Lone Star State at the Valero Texas Open, and he tied for 10th at this event last year. Walker has slowed somewhat since that win in San Antonio, but he still leads the Tour in strokes gained putting and ranks second in birdie average.
5. Paul Casey: The Englishman got sick at the wrong time at TPC Harding Park, and he was unable to shake the bug at TPC Sawgrass. With another week to rest, Casey should be a factor on a course where finished fifth (2009) and T-13 (2010) in his first two appearances.
6. Chris Kirk: Kirk is in the midst of another solid season, with six top-25 finishes, and played in Sunday's final pairing at TPC Sawgrass in his last start. He has three top-20 finishes at Colonial in the last four years, including a T-5 finish in 2012 when he closed with 65.
7. Kevin Na: Na missed the cut here last year, but four of his six Colonial appearances prior to that ended with top-25 results. He finished T-6 at The Players Championship and has cracked the top 20 in each of his last six stroke-play starts, a streak that dates back to March.
8. Ian Poulter: The Englishman hasn't played Colonial since 2010, but he was T-15 in 2008 and finished alone in eighth the following year. His accuracy should suit him on the tight layout, and Poulter hasn't finished outside the top 30 in a stroke-play event since Doral.
9. Russell Knox: The Scot is quietly having a solid season, as evidenced by his T-17 finish at TPC Sawgrass, and his game should fit nicely with Colonial's demands. Knox is 11th on Tour in GIR percentage and finished T-21 last year in his Crowne Plaza debut.
10. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman hasn't slowed since his strong effort at the Masters, and he now has five top-30 finishes in his last six starts overall. Hoffman was T-13 at Colonial in 2012 and T-18 the following year.