Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial announced today that Jason Day and Charlie Wi will compete in the May 22-25 tournament as Champions' Choice selections.
The Champions' Choice exemptions are given each year to two Colonial newcomers who have been identified as promising players in balloting by past tournament champions.
Day, 20, is a native of Australia who won an event on the 2007 Nationwide Tour as a 19-year-old. He has two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including one at the Houston Open. Wi, a native of South Korea who lives in California, is a third-year member of the PGA Tour who has nine international victories in events on the the Asian and European tours. Wi cracked the top 10 in last week's EDS Byron Nelson Championship, where the tied for seventh.
Of the previous 101 golfers who made their Colonial debuts as Champions Choice invitees, 66 have gone on to win at least one PGA Tour event. The list includes Davis Love III, Paul Azinger, Billy Mayfair, Mark O'Meara, Curtis Strange, Stewart Cink and Dave Stockton. In 1967, Stockton became the first _ and only _ Champions' Choice invitee to take a Colonial title in his first trip to Fort Worth.
For information about Colonial tickets, visit www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com or call 817-927-4280.
_ Jimmy Burch