The Tour turns its attention to a familiar course in Colonial Country Club for this year’s Fort Worth Invitational. All of the uncertainty around the course from last week is gone as we have plenty of data to go off of for this week’s tournament. Colonial CC is a par 70 that plays right around 7,200 yards. The golfers will have to contend with 85 bunkers and 4 water hazards as they make their way around the course. The greens average right around 4,500 square feet and should be running pretty quickly at approximately 12 feet on the stimp.
Past Five Winners
Off the Tee
When looking through past results, it becomes evident that distance takes a bit of a backseat, and you need to find fairways at Colonial. Of the 91 courses in my database, this course ranks 11th in Top Ten Rank Advantage for Driving Accuracy. Meaning that those who finish in the Top 10 of Driving Accuracy, see the 11th highest DK Point differential (+7.3) of any course that’s been played since 2015. Golfers that finish in the Top 10 of Driving Distance at Colonial average -3.8 DK Points compared to those golfers outside the Top 10. Kenny Perry did manage wins here while being in the Top 3 of Driving Distance, but he was also in the Top 3 of Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulations Hit in 2003 and 2005.
When we take a look at approach game, Colonial plays about what you’d expect. It ranks out as average in both Top Ten Rank Advantage for Strokes Gained: Approach and Greens in Regulation. Golfers that finish in the Top Ten in those two stats see +14.1 and +11.7 DK Points, respectively. Those golfers who make the cut and hit at least two-thirds of greens in regulation have averaged -4.8 Relative To Par for the week and have averaged nearly 70 DK Points.
Around the Green
Gaining strokes around the green doesn’t affect DK scoring much, if at all, here. Rank Advantage for Strokes Gained: Around the Green ranks out as 62nd out of the 70 courses in my database with Strokes Gained data. Finishing in the Top Ten in that category only nets you 2.1 DK Points. It doesn’t hurt to have good scramblers if it goes along with some of our other key stats this week, but scrambling isn’t a “must” at this week’s event.
Other Stats to Consider
Par 4 (400-450): Seven of the holes golfers will face with this week fall in that yardage range.
Proximity (150-175): A majority of approach shots will come from this range if history is any indication.