Power Rankings: 2016 Dean & DeLuca Invitational


The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour remains in Texas this week for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. A field of 122 players will tackle Colonial Country Club, home of the "Horrible Horseshoe."

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Chris Kirk won this event last year by one shot over a trio of players. Here are 10 players to watch in Fort Worth:

1. Jordan Spieth: Spieth isn't firing on all cylinders, but he showed last week that even less than his best is (nearly) good enough to beat a strong field. This week's venue suits him much better than last week's, and the partisan crowds should once again spur him on at an event where he missed a playoff by a shot a year ago.

2. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar followed a third-place finish at TPC Sawgrass by mirroring that result the very next week in Dallas. His ball-striking should shine once again this week on a tight venue where he has contended before, including a runner-up finish in 2013.

3. Adam Scott: Scott came to this event as world No. 1 in 2014, and he validated that status with a playoff victory to complete the "Texas Slam." Already with a pair of wins to his credit this season, Scott showed with his T-12 finish at The Players Championship that his game is not that far off.

4. Zach Johnson: Johnson has won this event twice (2010, 2012) and is the tournament's all-time money leader. While he hasn't contended since a fifth-place finish at Bay Hill in March, this course plays to the accurate nature of his game like few others and he's likely to get things back on track this week.

5. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman won earlier this year in San Antonio and he hasn't let up since, with top-12 finishes in two of his last three starts. Hoffman is still in the Ryder Cup mix, and he could rack up some valuable points this week on a course where he has finished T-18 or better three of the past four years.

6. Chris Kirk: The defending champ has a strong track record at Colonial, with four top-20 finishes in five appearances. While he was slow to rebound from a broken hand last fall, Kirk has begun to return to form, with five top-25 finishes in six starts prior to an early exit at TPC Sawgrass.

7. Kevin Chappell: After a runner-up finish at The Players Championship, Chappell is now one of the highest-ranked players in the world without a PGA Tour win. That drought could end this week, where Chappell - who also finished second at Sea Island and Bay Hill this season - finished T-10 two years ago.

8. Kevin Na: Na was in the mix for much of this tournament last year before finishing T-10, his fourth top-15 finish at Colonial since 2007. While he has cooled since his torrid stretch in the fall, Na did finish T-4 at another ball-striker's paradise, Harbour Town, just last month.

9. Jason Dufner: Dufner is an old-school player and big fan of this week's de-facto honoree, Ben Hogan. He has played some inspired golf at Colonial as well, with runner-up finishes in both 2012 and 2014, and having won earlier this year in California, Dufner showed with last week's T-24 result that another big week could be in the works.

10. Colt Knost: Ride the hot hand. Knost tied the TPC Sawgrass course record en route to a T-3 finish two weeks ago, then followed with a T-4 finish last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. A former Dallas resident who starred at nearby SMU, Knost will have plenty of support this week on a course where he finished T-10 last year.