Fort Worth, Texas — There are 72 players in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial field, but when the sun rises on Sunday's final round, only two will be relevant.
Barring some sort of historic meltdown, either Jason Dufner or Zach Johnson will slide into a plaid winners jacket tomorrow afternoon, after the two distanced themselves from the pack on Saturday to set up a two-man showdown at Colonial.
Considering how both have played recently, it seems fitting that two of the hottest golfers in the sport will go head-to-head for one of the oldest trophies on the PGA Tour. On a day where blustery conditions kept the rest of the field from making a move, Dunfer and Johnson nearly matched each other shot-for-shot.
Johnson, currently 14-under after a third round 65, managed to cut into Dufner's two-shot lead early in the day, going birdie-birdie on his first two holes to cut it to one, which is exactly where things ended up when both players shook hands on the final green.
Dufner's 4-under 66 left him at 15-under for the tournament and holding a precious one-shot lead over a golfer who's thrived on Colonial's tight layout over the years. No doubt about it, tomorrow's final round is going to be a must-see Texas showdown.
On paper, you'd have to give Dufner the edge. He's going for his third win in a month and continues to look extremely comfortable in the lead. But if there's one guy who could topple the dude with the can of Cope, it's Zach Johnson, who, in his last three starts, has posted two second-place finishes, and is a former Colonial champion.
This isn't exactly the budding rivalry we were looking for, but if golf fans wanted to see a head-to-head battle between two of golf's very best, you're going to get it on Sunday at Colonial.