With Jason Dufner winning his second event of the year at the HP Byron Nelson Championship last week, the PGA Tour now moves a short distance away to Fort Worth, Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. What follows are the top three storylines heading into the event.
Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan competing for win number three
Dufner and Mahan are the only two players to have more than one win on the PGA Tour this year, and will both be in the same field for this week's event as they seek to get a third. Dufner has been on fire of late with two wins in less than a month, while Mahan won his two over a two month stretch, with the last one coming in early April. What is interesting about them is that both players have similar golf games. They don't drive the ball very far, but are accurate with the driver and irons and make putts when they matter most. I would expect both to be in contention come the weekend, with Dufner having the greater chance of picking up his third win of the year.
The resurgence of Vijay Singh
Coming off of two straight missed cuts, Vijay finally looked like his old self at the HP Byron Nelson Championship last week, finishing in the top 10 for first time all year. He still struggled as far as driving accuracy was concerned at 55% for the event, but ranked second overall in greens in regulation hit, and I think that will give him a lot of confidence heading into this week. He can still hit the ball a long ways for his age (315 yard average last week), but will need to not only hit more fairways this week but also continue putting better as well, as that area of his game has been slipping for some time for Vijay.
Both Fowler and Kuchar put themselves on the map in 2012 with their recent wins over the past few weeks, and will look to continue their momentum heading into this week's event. Kuchar played well to begin last week's event but fell off over the weekend by shooting two-over, while Fowler finished T2 at The Plays Championship in his last event played. The key area for both of them to watch this week will be their putting, as both players are solid from tee to green but have been a bit inconsistent with putts going in.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @RyanKekoufski
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