The PGA Tour’s best stay in the state of Texas this week for the Fort Worth Invitational. After a week of golf at a brand-new course, the chase for the FedExCup heads to Colonial Country Club — one of the Tour’s most hallowed stops.
With a list of winner’s that reads like a murderers row of PGA Tour greats, it’s no wonder the world’s best tee it up every year trying to add their names to the ring of honor. After all, what’s better than seeing your name next to the likes of Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and, of course, Ben Hogan.
In recent years, the greats of the modern era have enjoyed their fair share of success at “Hogan’s Alley,” with Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia all having claimed the title.
So — who adds their name to that list this week? Here’s a look at those who can start dreaming — and those who should just start packing:
Jordan Spieth — One of the best things about Jordan Spieth from a fantasy standpoint is that he’s uber-trustworthy. Just because he has a poor week doesn’t mean he’ll let it ruin him for the next. This is just one of those circumstances. Spieth, who finished T-9 last week at the Byron Nelson, heads to Colonial Country Club with a lot of confidence. His putter may have let him down at Trinity Forest, but he made a point to mention that he’s never had the problems with the greens that he had in Dallas. Combine that confidence with his two wins and runner-up in his last three starts and Jordan Spieth is as sure a thing as there is Fort Worth.
Adam Scott — After a great week in Dallas, Adam Scott comes to Colonial with a lot of good vibes surrounding him and his game. Not only has he posted two great finishes since returning to the long putter but he’s returning to a golf course he’s had great success — including a win in 2014. He may not be anchoring it, but perhaps that local knowledge and comfort with the broom stick will combine to propel Scott to his first win since 2013. Either way, you can expect a solid fantasy performance from the Aussie.
Jimmy Walker — After battling the effects of Lyme Disease for most of last year and the beginning of 2018, Jimmy Walker is starting to heat up. Everything about the six-time PGA Tour winner’s game screams that a win will be coming. Not only is he feeling better, but the 2016 PGA Champion has put together a streak of five straight top-25 finishes — including three top-1o’s in that stretch. There’s no reason to believe the Texas native won’t be able to get it done this week at Colonial.
Webb Simpson — I know I’ve said the only thing keeping me starting Webb Simpson has been wanting to see something positive from his game. Well, two weeks ago, he won the PLAYERS, which would suggest I’m ready to start picking him for more fantasy lineups. This week, however, I think he’s a poser. The win at TPC Sawgrass was his first in forever — so I’m not too keen on the idea that he’ll win back-to-back starts after going close to five years without a win.
Matt Kuchar — A week after missing the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Matt Kuchar heads to Colonial Country Club looking to not win, but just make the cut. Kuchar hasn’t been playing well and it’s been well-documented. He’s got a pretty solid track record at Colonial, but that’s not enough to make me believe he’s got the game to be worth anything from a fantasy standpoint. Kuchar will figure it out soon. Until then, we wait.
Bryson DeChambeau — There are a bunch of people in the corner of Bryson DeChambeau this week in Fort Worth — but I’m not one of them. Sure, DeChambeau has put together three great finishes in his last few starts, but his track record at Colonial hasn’t been spectacular. I think DeChambeau makes the cut but I’m not banking on big things from the SMU product. Just because he’s home doesn’t mean he’s comfortable.