The PGA Tour is in Fort Worth, Texas, this week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational -- one of the true classic course layouts and an old stomping ground of legend Ben Hogan, who won the event five times.
Colonial is one of the few shorter courses left on the PGA Tour... which seems strange to write considering it still measures just a shade of 7,200 yards. That said, it is most certainly a shotmaker's golf course.
At Colonial, it's all about positioning. Here are the five players you'll want to keep an eye on this week at the course affectionately known as, "Hogan's Alley."
5. Robert Streb
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won the McGladrey Classic
Reason to watch: Streb, somewhat quietly, is enjoying a fantastic season on the PGA Tour. Along with his victory early in the season way back in October, Streb has compiled five other top-10 showings, including a T4 just last week at Quail Hollow. That may have been just the shot of confidence Streb needed to get his stellar season back on track after having missed four cuts in six starts prior to that T4.
4. Chris Kirk
Best finish in 2014-15 season: T4 at the McGladrey Classic
Reason to watch: Kirk showed everyone what he and his game are capable of in stretches with his performance in the FedExCup Playoffs last fall, where he finished second to champion Billy Horschel. I really thought that might be the start of huge things for the former Georgia Bulldog. While he has been solid at times this season, he hasn't done anything sensational. Maybe he's turning a corner now. Following a T8 at the Masters, Kirk recorded a T17 in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship and a T13 at the Players Championship. Maybe that will help him to turn the corner. He's got three top-20 finishes at Colonial, the best of which was a T5 in 2012.
3. Zach Johnson
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Seventh at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Reason to watch: Over the course of an impressive 11-win, PGA Tour career, Johnson has been spectacular at Colonial, where he won in both 2010 and 2012. Along with the victories, Johnson also had a T9 in 2009; a fourth in 2011 and a third in 2013. Talk about a horse for a course. It's been a mixed bag for the 2007 Masters champ in recent months, so surely this return to Colonial is a welcome one. He's got a shot at picking up a Colonial hat-trick this week.
2. Jordan Spieth
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won Valspar Championship and the Masters
Reason to watch: It's simple... because you've got to watch him every time he tees it up now. That's the type of player Spieth has become. I bet he's also excited about getting back to action in his home state after a missed cut at the Players -- one of just two missed cuts this season. We saw last weekend how dominating Rory McIlroy is. I'm not going to say Spieth is on that level, because he's not, but he can get going good in stretches like his four consecutive starts between the middle of March and the middle of April when he went: win-second-playoff loss-win. Then, honoring his commitment to the RBC Heritage after the Masters win, Spieth finished T11. He's a special talent with two top-20 finishes at Colonial.
1. Adam Scott
Best finish in 2014-15 season: T4 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship
Reason to watch: At the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational -- his first start since becoming the No. 1 player in the world at the time -- Scott did what you'd expect a No. 1 player to do and won the tournament. Since then, it's been a struggle for the 2013 Masters champ. It's hard to believe that in eight starts this season, Scott has just one top-10 to show for his efforts. Down to No. 11 in the world now, Scott is one of those players you'd expect to be a top-10 mainstay. Maybe this week he gets back on track.
Here's how my five to watch fared last week in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow:
5. Webb Simpson -- T2
4. J.B. Holmes -- Missed cut
3. Jim Furyk -- Missed cut
2. Rory McIlroy -- Won
1. Bill Haas -- T68