Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial released their first wave of commitments today for the 2013 tournament. And the list of confirmed competitors, along with defending champion Zach Johnson, includes John Peterson, a former LSU and Fort Worth Paschal golfer who finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open, as well as gallery favorite John Daly.
Both Peterson and Daly will be competing on sponsor’s exemptions at the May 20-26 event at Colonial Country Club. Peterson, who does not have a PGA Tour card, will be making his Colonial debut. But his strong showing at last year’s U.S. Open, which earned Peterson, 23, a berth in the 2013 Masters and 2013 U.S. Open, convinced Colonial officials to extend an invitation.
“I think it’s a unique story,” Colonial tournament director Michael Tothe said. “A local, Fort Worth guy. He certainly has proved himself at the major level. We’re excited to host him.”
Also committed to the tournament is Camilo Villegas, who will be competing at Colonial for the first time since 2006, and five Tarrant County residents who are exempt members of the 2013 PGA Tour: Ben Crane, J.J. Henry, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini and Y.E. Yang.
Others on the 47-player commitment list, released in conjunction with today's kickoff lunchon at the club, include Jim Furyk, Corey Pavin, Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker and Patrick Cantlay, winner of the 2011 Ben Hogan Award.
Public ticket sales have begun for the 2013 Colonial and there are a handful of remaining pro-am spots and hospitality packages. For information, visit www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com or call 817-927-4280.
_ Jimmy Burch