Spieth seeks rebound in form for Colonial title defence

Here's a look at five groups to watch in the first two rounds of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. He missed the cut after two rounds and promptly went back to the flat stick that has won him all nine of his PGA Tour events, the Scotty Cameron 009.

It would be a supreme honor for any player to be mentioned in the same sentence with Ben Hogan, and that's what Jordan Spieth hopes to do this week at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Here are a selection of golfers we like to contend for the win this weekend.

Numerous best players in the world will be teeing it up this weekend going after last years victor Jordan Spieth.

Elite putting helped Spieth rise to the top of the world rankings while winning both the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015. Towards the end of the day it gets tricky.

I doubt that effort will have any long-term effect but he wisely skipped the Nelson to regroup as he attempts to get back on the front foot in what will be his Colonial debut.

Kisner was asked about the Wednesday Pro-Am and talked about what the experience is like from the pro's perspective. "I just needed to look at something different".

"I think the scare is behind us", Palmer said Tuesday.

As is the case for most Par 70 layouts, making the easy birdies on the Par 5s is imperative to victory, if only because they're so easy, a par essentially means you've made bogey. "It is a world-class course and I can advance my ball up the fairway and be aggressive".

Ryan Palmer - Ryan Palmer has finished 27th or better in four of his last five events, which includes top-10 finishes at the Valero Texas Open and Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But he now ranks just 92nd in putts per round (28.97) this year.

I am not averse to putting forward a contender with local connections and Lubbock native Sean O'Hair is well worth a second glance at a three-figure quote. "I know when you can't get to the left bunker".

Like so many on the PGA Tour though, he does enjoy a tournament in his home state and is looking forward to another crack at glory.

"I just lost a little bit of the feel that I had with the putter I've been using for however many years".

Tony Finau ($8,700) - If not for a rough start on Thursday, Finau could have easily won the Byron Nelson, as he shot 11 under for the final three days last week. Also, players who can consistently give themselves 10-15' birdie putts on this course will have a huge edge on the field. "The mental game is getting better and better", Palmer said. With a smaller field than usual, the cut line will be more favorable, and McGirt, who has 6 top 25s and 3 top 10s in his 10 made cuts this season, has the upside to take advantage. "I really enjoyed this week". He is also 17th in strokes-gained on-the-approach, fourth in shots-gained tee-to-green, 21st in Par 4 birdie %, and eighth in proximity on approaches from 175-200 yards.

That leaves Marc Leishman as Australia's leading ranked player to tee it up and following a good week in Dallas last week his chances of a good week appear very good.

  • Joanne Flowers