Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will have two of the world’s top 10 golfers in next week’s field, as well as 10 of the top 30. That became final this afternoon, when the commitment deadline passed for Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop.
The headliners in the Colonial field will be Colleyville resident Hunter Mahan, the only two-event winner on the 2012 PGA Tour, and Matt Kuchar, the No. 5 player in the world golf rankings who could win his second tour event in as many weeks at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Kuchar, last week’s winner at The Players Championship, is one of six golfers currently sharing the Nelson lead in the latter stages of Friday’s second round. Mahan, the No. 6 player in the world rankings, is not competing at the Nelson but ranks second on the PGA Tour’s season money list ($3,109,088).
Other players ranked among the top 30 in the world rankings who have given Colonial commitments include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Nick Watney, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner and Bo Van Pelt.
Colonial competitors Fowler ($2,461,254) and Carl Petterson ($2,411,753) rank sixth and seventh, respectively, on the PGA Tour money list. The Colonial field will include four of this season’s top seven money winners, as well as 10 of the top 16.
Practice rounds begin Monday in Fort Worth, with the tournament to run from May 21-27.
_ Jimmy Burch