Golf's flashiest, most eye-catching prize is on the line in Fort Worth, Texas, this week. The famed Scottish-tartan plaid jacket will once again be awarded to the winner of this year's Crowne Plaza Invitational. One of the longest running PGA Tour events, this tournament can trace its roots backs to 1946.
Played at Colonial Country Club, the home of the "Horrible Horseshoe," players will try to get off to a quick start before hitting the three hardest holes on the course -- numbers three, four, and five. Successfully navigate the Horrible Horseshoe and you're in good shape to pick up a new red, blue, white and yellow plaid blazer in the tradition Scottish pattern.
Where they'll struggle:
Hole 5 - Par-4 - 481 yards
The final leg of the Horrible Horseshoe, this 481-yard par-4 demands an accurate shot off the tee. Miss to the left and you'll find yourself in a large ditch. Miss the fairway to the right and you're in the drink, courtesy of a river that runs the along the right side of the hole. A successful tee shot is just the first step of this journey; the approach shot requires another long accurate approach down a narrow stretch of fairway. A trio of bunkers ring the front.
Where they'll score:
Hole 1 - Par-5 - 565 yards
Pros will be looking to start their round in the red on this simple par-5. On paper, it looks like an easy scoring opportunity with a decent chance of reaching the green in three shots. In reality, a handful of strategically placed bunkers make that extremely tough. Off the tee, this par-5 doglegs to the right. You can go for the green in two shots, but the aforementioned bunkers make that very difficult. Most players will chose to lay up, grab the wedge, and attempt to stick it close and take a birdie.
Kent Lister is a journalist working in the Midwest. He's covered a number of PGA Tour events over the years, and has spent the better part of his life playing competitive golf. From junior tournaments all the way up to NCAA tournaments, and while organized golf has come to an end for Lister, he continues spending a disproportionately large amount of time perfecting his game. Follow him on twitter @listerkent for a complete rundown of all his previews.
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