Another chance for Lefty to go top
Much of this week’s pre-Colonial speculation concerns Phil Mickelson and a possible change at the top of the Rankings.
As was the case before the Players Championship, much of the pre-Crown Plaza Invitational speculation concerns a possible change this weekend at the top of the World Rankings.
A wounded (both physically and mentally) Tiger is still up there at the moment, but he is out of tournament action right now and it means that if World No 2 Phil Mickelson can pull off a third win at the Crown Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth Texas this coming Sunday, he can elevate himself to the No 1 ranking for the first time in his distinguished career.
Mickelson won at the Colonial in 2000 and again as recently as 2008, but the course has changed a lot since then with extra teeth being given to its speedy bent grass greens and 84 bunkers and that might just negate the benefit seasoned golfers like Mickelson would normally have had via their local knowledge of the course.
The defending champion this week is World No 4 Steve Stricker, who defeated Tim Clark, the new Players Champion, and Steve Marino in a playoff to take away the title in 2009.
Although Stricker is scheduled to compete this week, his last tour event was the Masters in April and he might be a little rusty in his PGA Tour comeback.
He won the Northern Trust Open early in the 2010 season, but after his long break, he is not expected to come to the party this week with the same sparkle and form.
Mickelson and Stricker are not the only reasons this week’s Colonial field is a strong one with a lot of rankings and Ryder Cup points at stake.
Angel Cabrera, Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, John Daly, Lucas Glover, Hunter Mahan, Kenny Perry, Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson and YE.Yang are all scheduled to compete.
Jason Day, who came scorching through on the final stretch to win the Byron Nelson on Sunday, is also set to play in Texas.
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