It was five years ago that Annika Sorenstam played this event to become the first women to play on the PGA TOUR in some 58 years. Sorenstam announced last week that she is stepping away from golf after this year, but cited playing the '03 Colonial as one of the highlights of her legendary career.
Rory Sabbatini flew into contention last year with a Saturday 62, but still needed a playoff to fend off Bernhard Langer and Jim Furyk.
Sabbatini was in the midst of a tremendous stretch of golf that saw him finish in the top three in four of six starts, including a second-place finish at the Masters.
The South African will be looking to make history this week. He looks to join Ben Hogan, who won this event in its first two years (1946-47), as the only back-to-back champs. Nine players have won this title more than once, but Hogan, who won it five times, is the only player with more than two victories.
As always, the GPLF CHANNEL has three hours of coverage for the first two days before handing off to CBS for the weekend.
The TOUR moves to Ohio next week for The Memorial, where K.J. Choi claimed the title last year at Jack Nicklaus' event.