Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Texans Take Aim at Colonial

Here's a suprising fact, or at least, a fact that surprised me: Only three Texans other than Ben Hogan have won the Colonial. Hogan won Colonial five times; Lee Trevino and Ben Crenshaw won twice each, and Homero Blancas won once.

No Texan has won Colonial since 1990, when Crenshaw earned his second victory. And that win is the only Texas win in the past 29 years.

The PGA Tour further states:

A total of 19 native Texans currently are playing the PGA TOUR and eight of them have won a TOUR event somewhere in the state. None, though, have been able to win at Colonial.

A couple of players who have been close in recent years will return next week to try and end the Texas drought. Justin Leonard was the runner-up in 2003 and has enjoyed a strong 2008 season, standing 10th in the current FedExCup standings. Chad Campbell, the 2004 runner-up, has also played well and is 27th in the FedExCup standings at present.

Other Texans who are scheduled to compete next week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial include Mark Brooks, Bart Bryant, Harrison Frazar, Brian Gay, Sean O’Hair, Ryan Palmer, Scott Verplank and Johnson Wagner.

Three of them—Gay, O’Hair and Wagner—have already won this year and six stand among the Top 40 on the FedExCup points list. In addition to Leonard and Campbell, O’Hair, Bryant, Gay and Wagner are all inside the Top 40 on list and are looking to secure high seeds entering the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.

First, though, is a shot at becoming a Texas legend by winning at Hogan’s Alley and ending a long drought by native sons.

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