The PGA Tour stays in the DFW area this week for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational from Hogan's (other) Alley: Colonial Country Club.
Four par 3s and two par 5s join 12 par 4s along the piece of Ft. Worth real estate known as Colonial Country Club. Plenty of bunker and tight tee shots green golfers of the tee. Add to that the bevy of doglegs at the Bredemus and Maxwell-designed track, and precision (often with less than driver) is the order of the day off the tee. The greens are bentgrass (famously the first of the kind in Texas) and generally roll in the 11.5 to 12 range on the stimpmeter. The course was reworked ahead of the 2014 edition: something to keep in mind when reviewing course history.
The tight, classic-style track was built in 1936 in hopes of hosting the U.S. Open. Colonial Country Club is anything but a bomber's paradise. Proximity to the hole on approach shots is paramount, particularly iron play from 125 to 175 yards, as that's the range of most approach shots. Accuracy, rather, than distance is important off the tee, as mentioned, and scrambling checks a box this week too.
Creme de la creme
Paul Casey: $10,200
Casey arrives at Colonial Country Club on the heels of three-consecutive top-25 finishes. He's made three of his last four cuts at Colonial, finishing tied for 43rd last year. Casey is 10th on tour in strokes gained: approach-the-green and 12th in strokes gained: tee-to-green. He finds the fairway better than 63 percent of the time and is seventh in approach proximity from 150 to 175 yards.