If you like birdies and you missed the Fort Worth Invitational last week then you missed out. Good Lord, was Colonial Country Club gettable — including on Sunday. In the end, Justin Rose fell just one shot shy of setting a new tournament scoring record — but final score of 20-under was good enough to score him career win No. 9.
Over the course of four rounds, the Fort Worth Invitational saw 18 rounds of 64 or better — which is ridiculous no matter how you slice it. One player book-ended rounds of 73 and 70 with a 62 and a course-record 61.
Rose wasn’t the only player putting things together at Colonial. Others with stellar weeks included Emiliano Grill0, Kevin Tway, Louis Oosthuizen and Brooks Koepka.
While those guys had it all working, there were plenty of players who didn’t take advantage of the kind conditions at Colonial and ended up disappointing fantasy owners everywhere.
Here’s a look at those who feasted in Fort Worth — and those starved:
Justin Rose — While many players put together great weeks, none were better than the aforementioned Rose. What the Englishman did at Colonial was downright impressive. Rose, who has made it a habit to win on some of the world’s most renown courses, added Hogan’s Alley to that list after posing rounds of 66-64-66-64. It’s hard to imagine a guy having that kind of week and not hoisting the trophy. Since the end of 2017, Rose has been as sure a thing there is from a fantasy standpoint. Going forward, he should have your full attention.
Brooks Koepka — Speaking of hard to imagine, it’s hard to have a better week than Brooks Koepka had without winning. The reigning U.S. Open champion opened the week with a disappointing round of 70, but fought back on Friday with brilliant 63. A 67 on moving day set up a show down with Rose on Sunday. There, Koepka fired his second 63 in three days but it wasn’t enough to catch Rose. It may not have been a W, but for Koepka it was a confidence booster after battling injury for much of the year to date.
Kevin Na — One of the more up-and-down weeks we’ve seen in recent memory belonged to Kevin Na last week in Texas. Na opened the week with a 62 — one shot off the course record. After bumbling about on Friday and Saturday with rounds of 73 and 70 before clawing back on Sunday by setting the Colonial course record with a 61. Na, who is notoriously inconsistent, should be considered a fantasy favorite next week at Muirfield Village — but I don’t see him finding the consistency he’s looking for beyond that.
Rickie Fowler — Everyone here knows I’m tough on Rickie Fowler — but that’s not the reason I’m highlighting him here this week. Actually, Rickie had a really, truly solid week at Colonial — but his four rounds in the 60’s was only good enough for a T-14 finish. Fowler, who, like so many, is trying to build his momentum towards picking up major title No. 1 in a few weeks when the world’s best tackle Shinnecock at the U.S. Open, shot 67-69-69-68 over the four rounds. While it wasn’t anything spectacular, it was still a solid week –unless you were a fantasy owner looking for bigger things from their horse.
Jordan Spieth — While Fowler’s week was solid, Jordan Spieth’s was a bit more disappointing. The Texas native is usually a lock to go low when he’s in his home state but this year he’s struggled. Last week, it was his putting that failed him at the Byron Nelson. This week, it was a little of everything that hampered the three-time major champion. While he was consistent, he was just consistently OK. Finishing in a tie for 32nd at 5-under for the week, Spieth was never better than 68 or worse than 70.
Zach Johnson — Perhaps the biggest fantasy bust of the week was 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson. Entering the week, Johnon was the all-time money winner in the Fort Worth Invitational. A two-time winner of the event carrying some decent momentum into the week made ZJ a really intriguing choice. Most fantasy players fell prey to the trap. Instead of lighting things up, Johnson never got anything going ended up catching a NetJet home on Friday night after rounds of 72 and 74.