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Playing the field at the Crowne Plaza Invitational


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ach week, we break down the coming week's tournament, giving you the big dogs, the sleepers, and the storylines to watch. This week, it's Hogan time as we're at the Colonial for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. And here's who we like:

Phil Mickelson: The 2008 champion skipped this event in 2009 to be at the side of his ailing wife. Now he's back, and if he wins, he's the world No. 1. The last time he was in this position, only a round for the ages by Rory McIlroy kept him from winning.

Steve Stricker: Beset by injuries all season long, Stricker's not looking much like the guy who held the $10 million FedEx Cup in his hands for a few moments last fall. But if the worst of his health woes are behind him, Stricker has picked a good time to start his comeback; he won here last year.

Jim Furyk: The Undertaker's hot-then-cold, yes-then-no season continues onward. Which Furyk will show up this weekend — the championship-caliber one or the one who can't figure out which end of the putter to use. (And yes, that was a Katy Perry reference in the first sentence. Sorry, I'll go put myself in timeout for that one.)

Tim Clark: Quietly putting together one of the best seasons on tour. He's first in fairways hit and second in putting, and those two combined will keep you in the hunt even if you're not quite razor-sharp in getting your ball up onto the green. One to watch.

Jeff Overton: He's never won on the tour, but with three first-timers in the last month, it's the season of the n00b on the PGA Tour. And since Overton notched a second at Zurich and a T2 at the Byron Nelson, he's as good a bet as anyone to keep that first-timer streak alive.

All right, your turn. Who are your picks this weekend? Go!

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