Officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial capped a strong closing push Friday with some last-minute commitments from past major champions to finalize next week’s field that will be highlighted by Adam Scott, soon-to-be the world’s No. 1 golfer.
Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, added his name Thursday to secure commitments from three of the world’s top eight golfers for Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop. Scott, who will pass Tiger Woods for the top spot in the world rankings at the conclusion of Sunday’s professional tournaments, currently is No. 2 on the elite list. Among top-10 competitors heading to Fort Worth, he is joined by Matt Kuchar (No. 5) and Dallas resident Jordan Spieth (No. 8).
Friday’s deadline passed with Colonial officials holding commitments from 10 of the world’s top 25 golfers, as well as 10 of the top 11 in the FedEx Cup standings. Jimmy Walker, a former Baylor golfer and Boerne resident who leads the PGA Tour in victories (3) and FedEx points (2,141), will be in the Colonial field.
Other top-25 golfers from the world rankings to join Scott, Kuchar, Spieth and Walker (No. 17) in the Colonial field are Jim Furyk (No. 12), Zach Johnson (No. 13), Dustin Johnson (No. 14), Jason Dufner (No. 20), Patrick Reed (No. 24) and Hideki Matsuyama (No. 25).
Michael Tothe, Colonial tournament director, called it “pretty special” for organizers to assemble a field that will feature the world’s top-ranked golfer for the first time since 1995, when then-No. 1 Nick Price was the defending champion in Fort Worth. Colonial’s collection of notable names grew Friday when five golfers with past major championships were last-minute additions to the field: Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard, Geoff Ogilvy and Y.E. Yang, a Southlake resident.
Rod Curl, the 1974 Colonial champ, also joined the confirmed list of competitors. Curl will be in the same field as his son, Jeff, one of two Champions’ Choice invitees for this year’s event. Other late additions to the commitment list included Aaron Baddeley, Ricky Barnes, Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Rod Pampling and Greg Chalmers, a Colleyville resident. Among the last-minute withdrawals were Stewart Cink, K.J. Choi and Sang-Moon Bae.
_ Jimmy Burch
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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial commitments
A list of golfers who have committed to compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 19-25 in Fort Worth. Commitments are not official until Friday, May 16:
Robert Allenby, Woody Austin, Aaron Baddeley, Briny Baird, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn, Steven Bowditch, Scott Brown, Olin Browne, Julien Brun, Jonathan Byrd, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, Roberto Castro, Bud Cauley, Greg Chalmers, Kevin Chappell, Tim Clark, Keith Clearwater, Chad Collins, Franklin Corpening, Jeff Curl, Rod Curl, Brian Davis, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, James Driscoll, Jason Dufner, Ken Duke, Harris English, Derek Ernst, Matt Every, Steve Flesch, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Brice Garnett, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Luke Guthrie, Bill Haas, Chesson Hadley, Brian Harman, David Hearn, J.J. Henry, Tim Herron, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, John Huh, Billy Hurley III, Trevor Immelman, Ryo Ishikawa, Freddie Jacobson, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Jones, Jerry Kelly, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Scott Langley, Danny Lee, Richard H. Lee, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Spencer Levin, David Lingmerth, Andrew Loupe, Davis Love III, Hunter Mahan, Ben Martin, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt, George McNeill, John Merrick, Bryce Molder, Kevin Na, Seung-Yul Noh, Sean O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Corey Pavin, Pat Perez, Carl Pettersson, Michael Putnam, Patrick Reed, Jim Renner, Wes Roach, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, John Senden, Vijay Singh, Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Stadler, Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, Robert Streb, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Daniel Summerhays, Andrew Svoboda, Josh Teater, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Brendon Todd, David Toms, Cameron Tringale, Kevin Tway, Bo Van Pelt, Camilo Villegas, Jimmy Walker, Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Tim Wilkinson, Chris Williams, Mark Wilson, Y.E. Yang.