2016 Colonial DEAN & DELUCA Invitational Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Sergio Garcia’s first PGA Tour win in nearly four years, the Tour remains nearby in the Lone Star State for this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, er I mean the Bank of America Colonial, dangit I mean the MasterCard Colonial, freaking aye man, I mean the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational…whatever that is and oh yeah, it no longer has Colonial in the name.  So, once again a new sponsor (fourth one in the past 15 years), but same great venue (Colonial folks!).  And it’s Texas which means great weather, with perhaps just some wind entering into the forecast at some point during the course of the tourney, err actually it means thunderstorms and a sloshy mess are guaranteed.  Vegas has it at -2800 that there’s a delay at some point during this tourney…ok I just made that up, but seriously enough of the crappy weather and delays already!

Colonial CC is a par 70, tree-lined, dogleg happy 7,204 yard track that demands accuracy off the tee and is a ball-striker’s delight.  It stands as no surprise then that ball-strikin’ wizards such as Boo Weekley, David Toms and Steve Stricker have all won here in the past decade, and turning just a few more pages back into the history books you’ll see all-time greats like Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Arnold Palmer and of course Ben Hogan with their names on the trophy.  Yep, no doubt about it- that ugly tartan jacket has some mighty fine company up its sleeves.

A mighty solid showing for my picks last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, as Semi-Flier Brooks Koepka finished playoff runner-up and I spot on nailed Louis Oosthuizen to miss the cut as my BUST of the week, which is the third straight week I’ve nailed a highly ranked player to miss the cut (Louis- Byron Nelson, Phil- PLAYERS, Kisner- Wells Fargo).

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Ryan Palmer MC)

Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer
– Yep, I’m hopping right back onto the horse that bucked me off last week, as right here in this same Lockzilla spot Palmer missed the cut at the Byron Nelson.  While that certainly stung, I’m highly endorsing the Colonial member who finished t-5th, t-14th, t-5th here from ’12 thru ’14 before missing the cut last year.  That missed cut last year and the one from last week may shy a few away from what should be an obvious pick here.  Top 10 guaranteed, book it.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Koepka P2)

Bill Haas
Bill Haas
– As my buddy Josh Culp will tell you, Haas is a stud on “less-than-driver” courses, which Colonial certainly qualifies as.  Haas is a perfect 4/4 cuts made in his last four appearances here, including a t-8th in ’11.  I was all over Haas at the PLAYERS when he opened with a 65, but faded over the weekend and finished t-43rd; however, don’t be fooled, he’s never far off from winning form.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Oosthuizen MC)

Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley
– From major champion, WGC stud and Ryder Cup star to Mr heebie-jeebies on the greens, it’s all too easy to keep fading the Keegster at this point.  There is simply no way, no how that he can put four rounds together at this point without some violent things happening on the greens, so even if he does somehow make the cut, an MDF or t-55th or worse is surely in the cards.  Keep fading him all the way to the Web.com Tour next year.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Flores t-62nd)

Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak
– For a long bomber like Kokrak (5th in Driving Distance on Tour), one might think that he may not be the best fit for “less-than-driver” courses; however, despite some inconsistencies, he’s been showing us how he can fit his game to nearly any course, most recently with his t-6th at Harbour Town.  Kokrak missed back to back cuts at the Valero Texas Open and Wells Fargo, then WD’d from the PLAYERS after 32 holes during the weather delay, which he would’ve missed the cut anyway.  That recent form is going to alarm some, and it should, but with those three missed cuts behind him and a week off, he’s ready to pounce.  He’s not for the faint of heart, but trust me, he’s in for a good week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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