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Fort Worth Invitational

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The Charles Schwab Challenge is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played annually in May in Fort Worth, Texas at Colonial Country Club, which organizes the event. It is one of five invitational tournaments on the PGA Tour; the inaugural event was held 73 years ago in 1946.

Charles Schwab Challenge
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LocationFort Worth, Texas
Established1946, 73 years ago
Course(s)Colonial Country Club
Par70
Length7,209 yards (6,592 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.3 million
Month playedMay
Aggregate259 Zach Johnson (2010)
To par−21 Zach Johnson (2010)
United States Kevin Na
Fort Worth is located in the United States
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Fort Worth is located in Texas
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OverviewEdit

The tournament was founded 73 years ago in 1946,[2] and honors the history of golf by using an official Scottish tartan plaid jacket for its champions and top committee chairmen. Another tradition feeding Colonial history is the Wall of Champions on the first tee, engraved with the name and score of each champion dating back to 1946, plus the 1975 Tournament Players Championship, 1941 U.S. Open, and 1991 U.S. Women's Open.

The tournament is unofficially associated with Ben Hogan (1912–1997), the long-time Fort Worth resident who won the tournament five times,[3] the most of any player. One of the top players in golf history, he won nine major titles, six after a near-fatal automobile collision in 1949 that kept him hospitalized for two months. Hogan's final three major wins were consecutive in 1953; a statue of him at swing completion is near the clubhouse.[4]

Annika Sörenstam played in the 2003 tournament and became the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event in 58 years, since Babe Zaharias made three cuts as an amateur in 1945.[5][6] Sörenstam's participation drew high media attention, but she shot 71 and 74 and missed the cut by four strokes.[7]

SponsorsEdit

The Charles Schwab Corporation will become the title sponsor of the event for a four-year deal starting in 2019.[8]

Previous sponsors were Dean & Deluca (2016–2017), Crowne Plaza (2007–2015), Bank of America (2003–2006), MasterCard (1996–2002), and Southwestern Bell (1989–1994). There was no title sponsor in 1995 or 2018.[9]

The event name had "Colonial" in its title through 2015, when the "Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial" was renamed the "Dean & DeLuca Invitational". Even the unsponsored 2018 event used the name "Fort Worth Invitational", as opposed to "Colonial Invitational" which was used the last time the event was without a sponsor back in 1995.

The 2018 tournament, renamed the Fort Worth Invitational, was held through the support of four local corporate supporters that had stepped-in to provide financial support after Dean & DeLuca suddenly pulled-out of a six-year sponsorship agreement. American Airlines, AT&T, XTO Energy Inc. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway agreed to fund the 2018 tournament to allow time for the PGA Tour and Colonial Country Club to find a new sponsor.

Invitational statusEdit

The Charles Schwab Challenge is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour, and consequently it has a reduced field of approximately 125 players (as opposed to most full-field open tournaments with a field of 156 players). The other four tournaments with invitational status are the Genesis Open (to be converted in 2020), Arnold Palmer Invitational, the RBC Heritage, and the Memorial Tournament.

Invitational tournaments have smaller fields (between 120 and 132 players), and have more freedom than full-field open tournaments in determining which players are eligible to participate in their event, as invitational tournaments are not required to fill their fields using the PGA Tour Priority Ranking System. Furthermore, unlike full-field open tournaments, invitational tournaments do not offer open qualifying (aka Monday qualifying).

FieldEdit

The field consists of at least 120 players invited using the following criteria:[10][11]

  1. Colonial winners prior to 2000 and in the last five years
  2. Colonial Winners in top 150 of prior year FedEx Cup points list
  3. The Players Championship and major championship winners in the last five years
  4. The Tour Championship and World Golf Championships winners in the past three years
  5. Arnold Palmer Invitational and Memorial winners in the past three years
  6. PGA Tour tournament winners since the last Colonial tournament
  7. Playing members on the last named U.S. Ryder Cup team
  8. Current PGA Tour members who were playing members on the last named European Ryder Cup team, U.S. Presidents Cup team, and International President's Cup team
  9. Two players to be selected by the current and former champions of the Colonial tournament (Champions Choices)
  10. Top 15 finishers and ties from previous year's Colonial Tournament
  11. 12 sponsors exemptions -- 2 from among graduates of Web.com Tour finals, 6 members not otherwise exempt, and 4 unrestricted
  12. Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking through the Masters
  13. Top 80 from prior year's FedEx Cup points list
  14. Members in the top 125 non-member category whose non-WGC points for the previous season equal or exceed the points earned by the player finishing in 80th position on the prior year FedEx Cup points list
  15. Top 80 from current year's FedEx Cup points list through the tournament two weeks prior
  16. If necessary to complete a field of 120 players, any remaining positions are filled from current year's FedEx Cup points list

Colonial winners prior to 2000 that are not otherwise eligible are in addition to a field of 120.

Champion's Choice traditionEdit

Colonial has a unique PGA Tour tradition known as the Champion's Choice invitation. Each year, former Colonial champions select two deserving young players, who otherwise would be ineligible, to compete in the tournament.

Pros who made their first appearance at Colonial as a Champion's Choice include Al Geiberger, Tom Weiskopf, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Mark O'Meara, Paul Azinger and Davis Love III. Five Champion's Choices have eventually won the Colonial; Dave Stockton is the only Champion's Choice to win the tournament in the year selected (1967).

Course layoutEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 565 389 483 247 481 406 440 199 407 3,617 408 635 445 190 464 430 192 387 441 3,592 7,209
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 70

Source:[1]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
Charles Schwab Challenge
2019 Kevin Na   United States 267 −13 4 strokes   Tony Finau 1,314,000 7,300,000
Fort Worth Invitational
2018 Justin Rose   England 260 −20 3 strokes   Brooks Koepka 1,278,000 7,100,000
Dean & DeLuca Invitational
2017 Kevin Kisner   United States 270 −10 1 stroke   Sean O'Hair
  Jon Rahm
  Jordan Spieth
1,242,000 6,900,000
2016 Jordan Spieth   United States 263 −17 3 strokes   Harris English 1,206,000 6,700,000
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
2015 Chris Kirk   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Jason Bohn
  Brandt Snedeker
  Jordan Spieth
1,170,000 6,500,000
2014 Adam Scott   Australia 271 −9 Playoff   Jason Dufner 1,152,000 6,400,000
2013 Boo Weekley   United States 266 −14 1 stroke   Matt Kuchar 1,152,000 6,400,000
2012 Zach Johnson (2)   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Jason Dufner 1,152,000 6,400,000
2011 David Toms   United States 265 −15 1 stroke   Charlie Wi 1,116,000 6,200,000
2010 Zach Johnson   United States 259 −21 3 strokes   Brian Davis 1,116,000 6,200,000
2009 Steve Stricker   United States 263 −17 Playoff   Tim Clark
  Steve Marino
1,116,000 6,200,000
2008 Phil Mickelson (2)   United States 266 −14 1 stroke   Tim Clark
  Rod Pampling
1,098,000 6,100,000
2007 Rory Sabbatini   South Africa 266 −14 Playoff   Jim Furyk
  Bernhard Langer
1,080,000 6,000,000
Bank of America Colonial
2006 Tim Herron   United States 268 −12 Playoff   Richard S. Johnson 1,080,000 6,000,000
2005 Kenny Perry (2)   United States 261 −19 7 strokes   Billy Mayfair 1,008,000 5,600,000
2004 Steve Flesch   United States 269 −11 1 stroke   Chad Campbell 954,000 5,300,000
2003 Kenny Perry   United States 261 −19 6 strokes   Justin Leonard 900,000 5,000,000
MasterCard Colonial
2002 Nick Price (2)   Zimbabwe 267 −13 5 strokes   Kenny Perry
  David Toms
774,000 4,300,000
2001 Sergio García   Spain 267 −13 2 strokes   Brian Gay
  Phil Mickelson
720,000 4,000,000
2000 Phil Mickelson   United States 268 −12 2 strokes   Stewart Cink
  Davis Love III
594,000 3,300,000
1999 Olin Browne   United States 272 −8 1 stroke   Fred Funk
  Paul Goydos
  Tim Herron
  Greg Kraft
  Jeff Sluman
504,000 2,800,000
1998 Tom Watson   United States 265 −15 2 strokes   Jim Furyk 414,000 2,300,000
1997 David Frost   South Africa 265 −15 2 strokes   Brad Faxon
  David Ogrin
288,000 1,600,000
1996 Corey Pavin (2)   United States 272 −8 2 strokes   Jeff Sluman 270,000 1,500,000
Colonial National Invitation
1995 Tom Lehman   United States 271 −9 1 stroke   Craig Parry 252,000 1,400,000
Southwestern Bell Colonial
1994 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 266 −14 Playoff   Scott Simpson 252,000 1,400,000
1993 Fulton Allem   South Africa 264 −16 1 stroke   Greg Norman 234,000 1,300,000
1992 Bruce Lietzke (2)   United States 267 −13 Playoff   Corey Pavin 234,000 1,300,000
1991 Tom Purtzer   United States 267 −13 3 strokes   David Edwards
  Scott Hoch
  Bob Lohr
216,000 1,200,000
1990 Ben Crenshaw (2)   United States 272 −8 3 strokes   John Mahaffey
  Corey Pavin
  Nick Price
180,000 1,000,000
1989 Ian Baker-Finch   Australia 270 −10 4 strokes   David Edwards 180,000 1,000,000
Colonial National Invitation
1988 Lanny Wadkins   United States 270 −10 1 stroke   Mark Calcavecchia
  Ben Crenshaw
  Joey Sindelar
135,000 750,000
1987 Keith Clearwater   United States 266 −14 3 strokes   Davis Love III 108,000 600,000
1986 Dan Pohl   United States 205^ −5 Playoff   Payne Stewart 108,000 600,000
1985 Corey Pavin   United States 266 −14 4 strokes   Bob Murphy 90,000 500,000
1984 Peter Jacobsen   United States 270 −10 Playoff   Payne Stewart 90,000 500,000
1983 Jim Colbert   United States 278 −2 Playoff   Fuzzy Zoeller 72,000 400,000
1982 Jack Nicklaus   United States 273 −7 3 strokes   Andy North 63,000 350,000
1981 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 274 −6 4 strokes   Hale Irwin 54,000 300,000
1980 Bruce Lietzke   United States 271 −9 1 stroke   Ben Crenshaw 54,000 300,000
1979 Al Geiberger   United States 274 −6 1 stroke   Don January
  Gene Littler
54,000 300,000
1978 Lee Trevino (2)   United States 268 −12 4 strokes   Jerry Heard
  Jerry Pate
40,000 200,000
1977 Ben Crenshaw   United States 272 −8 1 stroke   John Schroeder 40,000 200,000
1976 Lee Trevino   United States 273 −7 1 stroke   Mike Morley 40,000 200,000
1975 Colonial hosted the Tournament Players Championship.
1974 Rod Curl   United States 276 −4 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus 50,000 250,000
1973 Tom Weiskopf   United States 276 −4 1 stroke   Bruce Crampton
  Jerry Heard
30,000 150,000
1972 Jerry Heard   United States 275 −5 2 strokes   Fred Marti 25,000 125,500
1971 Gene Littler   United States 283 +3 1 stroke   Bert Yancey 25,000 125,000
1970 Homero Blancas   United States 273 −7 1 stroke   Gene Littler
  Lee Trevino
25,000 125,000
1969 Gardner Dickinson   United States 278 −2 1 stroke   Gary Player 25,000 125,000
1968 Billy Casper (2)   United States 275 −5 5 strokes   Gene Littler 25,000 125,000
1967 Dave Stockton   United States 278 −2 2 strokes   Charles Coody 23,000 115,000
1966 Bruce Devlin   Australia 280 E 1 stroke   R. H. Sikes 22,000 110,000
1965 Bruce Crampton   Australia 276 −4 3 strokes   George Knudson 20,000 100,000
1964 Billy Casper   United States 279 −1 4 strokes   Tommy Jacobs 14,000 75,000
1963 Julius Boros (2)   United States 279 −1 4 strokes   Gary Player 12,000 60,000
1962 Arnold Palmer   United States 281 +1 Playoff   Johnny Pott 7,000 40,000
1961 Doug Sanders   United States 281 +1 1 stroke   Kel Nagle 7,000 40,000
1960 Julius Boros   United States 280 E 1 stroke   Gene Littler
  Kel Nagle
5,000 30,000
1959 Ben Hogan (5)   United States 285 +5 Playoff   Fred Hawkins 5,000 27,300
1958 Tommy Bolt   United States 282 +2 1 stroke   Ken Venturi 5,000 25,000
1957 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 284 +4 1 stroke   Dick Mayer 5,000 25,000 [12]
1956 Mike Souchak   United States 280 E 1 stroke   Tommy Bolt 5,000 25,000 [13]
1955 Chandler Harper   United States 276 −4 8 strokes   Dow Finsterwald 5,000 25,000 [14]
1954 Johnny Palmer   United States 280 E 2 strokes   Fred Haas 5,000 25,000 [15]
1953 Ben Hogan (4)   United States 282 +2 5 strokes   Doug Ford
  Cary Middlecoff
5,000 25,000 [16]
1952 Ben Hogan (3)   United States 279 −1 4 strokes   Lloyd Mangrum 4,000 20,000 [17]
1951 Cary Middlecoff   United States 282 +2 1 stroke   Jack Burke, Jr. 3,000 15,000 [18]
1950 Sam Snead   United States 277 −3 3 strokes   Skip Alexander 3,000 15,000 [19]
1949 No tournament - cancelled due to course flooding[20]
1948 Clayton Heafner   United States 272 −8 6 strokes   Skip Alexander
  Ben Hogan
3,000 15,000 [21]
1947 Ben Hogan (2)   United States 279 −1 1 stroke   Toney Penna 3,000 15,000 [22]
1946 Ben Hogan   United States 279 −1 1 stroke   Harry Todd 3,000 15,000 [2]

^ Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source:[23][24][25][26]

Multiple winnersEdit

Eleven men have won this tournament more than once through 2018.

5 wins

2 wins

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2015 PGA Hole Statistics - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial". ESPN. May 24, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Little Ben Hogan takes Colonial golf match". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. May 20, 1946. p. 10.
  3. ^ "Ben Hogan winner in Colonial playoff". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. May 5, 1959. p. 1C.
  4. ^ Sirak, Ron (May 17, 2011). "Spirit of Hogan remains at Colonial". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Ferguson, Doug (May 21, 2003). "Moment of proof". Times Daily. Florence, Alabama. Associated Press. p. 5C.
  6. ^ Lozano, Juan A. (May 18, 2003). "Babe was bigger than the game". Daily News. Bowling Green, Kentucky. Associated Press.
  7. ^ Ferguson, Doug (May 24, 2003). "Rough cut". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. p. B1.
  8. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/charles-schwab-taking-over-as-colonial-country-club-pga-tour-event-sponsor-in-2019/
  9. ^ "Dean & DeLuca announced as title sponsor of Colonial event". PGA Tour. February 15, 2016.
  10. ^ Colonial National Invitation Tournament - 2016 Eligibility
  11. ^ "2015–16 PGA Tour Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations" (PDF). October 5, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Vicenzo Wins Colonial Golf". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. Associated Press. May 6, 1957. p. 14A. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  13. ^ "Souchak Wins Colonial Open". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. May 7, 1956. p. 16. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  14. ^ "Chandler Harper Wins Colonial Golf By Eight Strokes". The Palm Beach Post. West Palm Beach, Florida. Associated Press. May 9, 1955. p. 11. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  15. ^ "Palmer Captures Colonial Golf". Reading Eagle. Reading, Pennsylvania. United Press. May 31, 1954. p. 10. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
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  17. ^ "Hogan's Hot Finish Wins Colonial Golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. May 26, 1952. p. 21. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  18. ^ "Middlecoff Wins Colonial Golf Title". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. United Press. May 28, 1951. p. 22. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  19. ^ "Snead Wins Colonial Golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. May 29, 1950. p. 15. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  20. ^ "Flood Washes Out Colonial Golf Date". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. May 27, 1949. p. 21. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  21. ^ "Heafner Cops Colonial Golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. May 31, 1948. p. 27. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  22. ^ "Hogan Wins in Colonial National". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. May 17, 1947. p. 11. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  23. ^ 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Media Guide - p. 114
  24. ^ Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial – Winners – at www.pgatour.com
  25. ^ Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1970–2009)
  26. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.

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