2017 Dean & Deluca Invitational Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Billy Horschel’s emotional PGA Tour win last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson (if you haven’t seen why he was extra emotional, click here), 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 recent name change (fourth one in the past 15 years), but same great venue (Colonial folks!).  And it’s Texas, which means the wind will be whipping again this week (20-30 mph both Thurs + Fri).

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.

Not so hot on my picks last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, as two of the three missed the cut (Spieth, DeLaet), but my Semi-Flier Tony Finau did come through with a t-13th finish.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last Week: Jordan Spieth MC)

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Jason Dufner
– For a true Hogan fanatic, I have to imagine that there’s no non-major tourney that the Duf would rather win more than Colonial.  Two runner-ups here in his career, along with a t-6th here last year have whetted his appetite.  Contended last week going into Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, before fading to a Sunday 72 and a t-13th place finish.  This very well could be the year when he finds his way into the winner’s circle on this revered track.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Finau t-13th)

Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk
– Can’t say that I’m much of a Chris Kirk fan, but he’s shown that over the course of the past few years that when he starts to heat up, hop aboard.  After a t-8th, t-2nd, t-7th stretch in 3 out of 4 events in the fall, he went into hibernation mode with his game missing cuts left and right, before jumping back into form with a t-12th at the PLAYERS two weeks ago.  He’s a perfect 7 for 7 here at Colonial, including a win in 2015 and a t-5th three years prior.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Poulter t-35th)

Jamie Sadlowski
Jamie Sadlowski
– I almost feel bad picking on the former long drive champ, but this is just a point to make that for his PGA Tour debut, I seriously can’t think of a worse course for him to play than Colonial.  Doglegs and trees galore = driver in the bag.  Ok, so he can probably pound his 2-iron 320 yards, but sorry folks, absolutely no chance that he finds his way around Colonial’s greens or basically anywhere near contention this week on the big circuit.


Bill Haas
Bill Haas
– Remember him?  Bill Haas might be the guy who pisses more fantasy golfers off than anyone on the PGA Tour, as just when you forget about him, he starts to play well, and just when you start to trust him, he forgets how to putt.  Well, he’s been on an ice cold streak lately, but just two months ago was runner-up at the WGC Match Play Championship and early this year/late last fall he reeled off a streak of five consecutive top 20 finishes.  Basically, good form is never too far away with this one.  Also, he hasn’t missed a cut here at Colonial since 2008 and in that time has t-8th, t-13th and t-21st finishes here. Roster up and thank me later.


Joel Harrington

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