The players from the AT&T Byron Classic don’t have to travel far this week as the Fort Worth Invitational is held just 35 miles away in Fort Worth. This longstanding invitational has been held since 1946 with numerous sponsor changes along the way. Although there is no sponsor this year, don’t be afraid to dig into course history as the Colonial Country Club isn’t going anywhere. An important feature to mention is that since this is an invitational tournament, the field is about 125 players. With the same cut line and less players in the field, there is a much higher percentage of golfers making the cut.
The Colonial Country Club is another Par 70 that comes in at 7,204 yards. This means that there are two less Par 5’s from your standard Par 72 course. The course is played on bentgrass greens so we can target the players that putt better on bentgrass. The fairways are narrow and the greens are small so accuracy will be key both off the tee and approaching the green.
The Colonial Country Club is best known for the 3-hole stretch called the “Horrible Horseshoe.” Holes 3-5 are by far the toughest stretch of golf on the course that features two par 4’s and a 247 yard Par 3. If you like to follow shot tracker during your golfer’s rounds, I would advise to maybe step away for a cup of coffee or beverage of choice during these three holes.
2017 Kevin Kisner
2016 Jordan Spieth
2015 Chris Kirk
2014 Adam Scott
2013 Boo Weekley
Weather looks to be a non factor this week. Will update if winds or forecast changes.
SG: Tee to Green: Ball striking will be important this week. The fairways are tight and the greens are small. We want the golfers that are strong off the tee and dialed in on their approach shots. Around the green play will be relevant to limit the big numbers posted from missed greens.
Par 4 Scoring: Both of the Par 5’s on course play under par with limited eagle opportunities so I don’t believe there is much advantage in targeting the Par 5 Scorers as most of the golfers should be able to post birdies here. However, the Par 4’s are where we can gain an edge on the top golfers in this category. Several of the Par 4’s play over par (i.e. Horrible Horseshoe) so we want to target the guys playing par or better on these holes to gain strokes on the rest of the field.
Greens in Regulation %: With the greens on the smaller side, we want to target the players with the highest GIR%. This will help us find the players that are really dialed in with their approach shots. The more greens our players hit, the less we have to sweat.
Birdie or Better %: The winning score has posted at least 9 under par or better the last 5 years. However, this can be dependant on how the weather is for the week. We want those birdie makers to pad the stats for our lineups rather than playing par golf. The more scoring the better.