Power Rankings: Crowne Plaza Invitational


For the second consecutive week, the PGA Tour remains in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. After a windy week at TPC Four Seasons, the game's best players shift to Fort Worth and the historic Colonial Country Club, host of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Zach Johnson returns to defend the title he won last year over Jason Dufner, his second win at Colonial since 2010. Here are 10 players to watch this week in the Lone Star State:

1. Zach Johnson: His last four starts in Fort Worth: T-9, win, fourth, win. The defending champ clearly enjoys Colonial's narrow confines and played well in his last start at another venue where he typically plays well, tying for 19th at TPC Sawgrass.

2. Kevin Streelman: Backed into a runner-up finish at The Players Championship that served as his third consecutive top-six finish. A winner earlier this year, Streelman has now cracked the top 40 in the world and with his schedule for the year largely secure, is playing with nothing to lose. Tied for 10th at Colonial in 2011.

3. Charl Schwartzel: Had his putter been remotely cooperative, the former Masters champ likely would have won last week in Dallas. Instead he settled for third place, his sixth top-25 finish in eight starts this year on the PGA Tour. Schwartzel is currently second in scoring average and leads the Tour in three-putt avoidance.

4. Jim Furyk: A veteran with plenty of experience at Colonial, Furyk has notched four top-10 finishes here since 2003, including a runner-up showing in 2007. Among the most accurate drivers on Tour, he should have no problem finding the narrow landing areas presented off the tee this week.

5. Matt Kuchar: Solid, though unspectacular, results since a T-8 at Augusta: T-35, T-48, T-33 each of the last three weeks for the former Players champion. Kuchar has made 16 straight cuts overall, and has played the weekend in each of his six starts at Colonial, with four of the last five resulting in top-30 finishes.

6. Marc Leishman: The Aussie kept up the momentum last week in Dallas, tying for 12th on the heels of three straight top-10 finishes. He's among the hottest players on Tour right now, and another strong finish will likely be enough to keep him inside the top 60 in the world rankings and earn him a spot in the field next month at Merion.

7. Tim Clark: Among the more successful 'target golf' players on Tour, Clark was a runner-up here in both 2008 and 2009. With anchoring now outlawed by the USGA, what better week would there be for the South African to ride his long putter to victory?

8. Henrik Stenson: In the midst of a remarkable comeback season, the Swede now leads the Tour in both driving accuracy and GIR percentage. Having tied for fifth at TPC Sawgrass in his last U.S. start, Stenson is clearly in great form but will have a mediocre Colonial track record – not to mention jet lag from his appearance last week in Bulgaria – potentially working against him.

9. Ben Crane: Another player with a strong record at Colonial, having finished inside the top 10 four times since 2006, including a T-10 result last year. The 'Golf Boy' has also been playing better of late, with a pair of top-10 finishes in his last five starts overall, highlighted by a T-8 finish at TPC Sawgrass.

10. Charley Hoffman: If every event was played in Texas, Hoffman might win Player of the Year. The Las Vegas native tied for 20th in Houston, tied for third in San Antonio and last week tied for eighth in Dallas. This week he'll go for a fourth straight high finish in the Lone Star State on a course whe he was T-13 a year ago.