Fantasy Tip Sheet: Crowne Plaza Invitational

Zach Johnson celebrates on the 18th green with his caddie Damon Green after his one-stroke victory after the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at the Colonial Country Club. Green's father passed away last week.

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With much of the European contingent overseas at Wentworth this week, the field is wide open at Colonial, leading to an array of potential favorites.

With 22 of the top 50 in our Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings teeing it up this week, all four of our panelists have chosen a different favorite.

Defending champion Zach Johnson, perennial contender Jim Furyk, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and unheralded Chris Kirk are all players to watch this week.

As for our panel, Lance Ringler keeps his lead over Nick Masuda, while Jim McCabe had the best pick of the week with Marc Leishman at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Take a look at this week's picks:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Zach Johnson

OK, he isn't in his best form, though he did tie for 19th at The Players. More important, he comes alive at Colonial, where he has four consecutive top-10 finishes, including victories in 2010 and last year.

Tim Clark

Needs to put anchoring ban and thoughts of legal challenge aside while inside the ropes. Plays well at Colonial, in large part because he drives the ball so straight. Two of his 11 career runner-up finishes have come there. Tied for 11th at the Masters and for 24th at the RBC Heritage before missing Players cut.

Winner: Jason Day ($46,565); wild card: Jordan Spieth ($13,601). 2013 total: $5,874,311

McCabe Jim Furyk

Has sprinkled in a few missed-cuts here, but by in large he's a great fit for Colonial.

Josh Teater

T-2 at Torrey Pines, T-6 at Riviera. Guess he likes the old-guard courses on Tour and nothing is more "old guard" than venerable Colonial.

Winner: Jason Day ($46,565) ; wild card: Marc Leishman ($131,320). 2013 total: $5,470,843

Ringler Charl Schwartzel

Don't be concerned with Schwartzel never playing in this event. Finished third last week and also had not played in that event. 2013 form is good with five top-10s worldwide.

Sang-Moon Bae

Time for a consecutive-week winner on the PGA Tour.

Winner: Jimmy Walker ($46,565); wild card: Jordan Spieth ($13,601). 2013 total:$7,459,963

Masuda Chris Kirk

Has been a model of consistency this season and finished fifth at Colonial last year. Good enough for me.

Martin Laird

Has two top-10 finishes at Colonial in two appearances, finished T-5 at the Players two weeks ago and has won this season.

Winner: Jason Day ($46,565); wild card: J.J. Henry (MC). 2013 total: $6,936,611

The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 6. Matt Kuchar
  • 7. Charl Schwartzel
  • 9. Jim Furyk
  • 15. Jason Dufner
  • 17. Freddie Jacobson
  • 20. Brendon de Jonge
  • 23. Bo Van Pelt
  • 24. Vijay Singh
  • 29. Chris Kirk
  • 31. Pat Perez
  • 33. Jeff Overton
  • 34. Henrik Stenson
  • 36. Carl Pettersson
  • 37. Ryan Moore
  • 39. Zach Johnson
  • 40. Harris English
  • 41. Rickie Fowler
  • 43. Ryan Palmer
  • 44. Hunter Mahan
  • 45. John Senden
  • 47. Kevin Streelman
  • 48. Bob Estes
  • 51. Greg Chalmers
  • 52. Graham DeLaet
  • 60. Scott Piercy
  • 62. Jordan Spieth
  • 64. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 66. Josh Teater
  • 69. Marc Leishman
  • 72. John Huh
  • 73. Tim Clark
  • 76. Luke Guthrie
  • 79. Brendan Steele
  • 82. Ben Crane
  • 86. Charley Hoffman
  • 87. David Hearn
  • 90. Kevin Stadler
  • 91. John Merrick
  • 92. Stewart Cink
  • 95. Henrik Norlander
  • 98. Morgan Hoffmann
  • 102. Aaron Baddeley
  • 103. Justin Hicks
  • 104. Patrick Cantlay
  • 105. Davis Love III
  • 106. Charlie Wi
  • 107. Brian Stuard
  • 109. Martin Flores
  • 110. Angel Cabrera
  • 111. Richard H. Lee
  • 112. Justin Leonard
  • 114. Doug LaBelle II
  • 122. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 125. Bryce Molder
  • 126. Martin Laird
  • 128. Bud Cauley
  • 130. Matt Every
  • 132. Roberto Castro
  • 133. Sean O'Hair
  • 135. John Peterson
  • 136. William McGirt
  • 137. Boo Weekley
  • 138. Brad Fritsch
  • 140. Casey Wittenberg
  • 142. D.H. Lee
  • 143. Y.E. Yang
  • 147. Nicholas Thompson
  • 150. Stuart Appleby
  • 152. Camilo Villegas
  • 158. Ken Duke
  • 160. J.J. Henry
  • 161. Ben Kohles
  • 162. Daniel Summerhays
  • 165. David Toms
  • 167. Kyle Stanley
  • 170. Cameron Tringale
  • 173. Jonas Blixt
  • 175. Robert Streb
  • 176. John Rollins
  • 178. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 180. Kevin Chappell
  • 181. Chez Reavie
  • 183. Tim Herron
  • 184. Justin Bolli
  • 185. Trevor Immelman
  • 186. Scott Stallings
  • 194. Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 195. Greg Owen
  • 196. Brian Gay
  • 197. Jason Kokrak
  • 200. Tom Gillis
  • 203. Chris Stroud
  • 206. Brian Davis
  • 210. Lee Williams
  • 211. Matt Jones
  • 214. Erik Compton
  • 216. Scott Brown
  • 217. James Hahn
  • 221. Rory Sabbatini
  • 229. Chad Campbell
  • 230. D.A. Points
  • 231. Troy Matteson
  • 233. Jonathan Byrd
  • 237. Tag Ridings
  • 238. Steve LeBrun
  • 240. Vaughn Taylor
  • 247. Michael Thompson
  • 252. Scott Langley
  • 253. Scott Gardiner
  • 255. Charlie Beljan
  • 260. David Lingmerth
  • 262. Tommy Gainey
  • 266. Ricky Barnes
  • 270. Luke List
  • 274. Robert Karlsson
  • 285. John Daly
  • 290. Patrick Reed
  • 304. Shawn Stefani
  • 318. Johnson Wagner
  • 324. Kyle Reifers
  • 327. Fabian Gomez
  • 335. Aaron Watkins
  • 337. Dicky Pride
  • 341. Derek Ernst
  • 342. Steven Bowditch
  • 403. Darron Stiles
  • 406. Bobby Gates
  • 438. Colt Knost
  • 593. Robert Allenby
  • N/R. David Frost
  • N/R. Franklin Corpening
  • N/R. Steve Flesch
  • N/R. Steven Fox
  • N/R. Tom Lehman
  • N/R. Corey Pavin
  • N/R. Keith Clearwater
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