Colonial at the 1941 US Open

This week’s PGA event is the Crowne Plaza Invitational (yuck!), where the Tour wraps up its tasteless trifecta of Texas-hosted events before heading to play in Buckeyes’ nation (not exactly an upgrade) next week . The PGA Tour ladies and gentlemen, feel the excitement!

This week’s event, however, is somewhat palatable for two separate reasons. The first is the track, Colonial Country Club. Colonial is an extremely historic course, hosting several Major Championships since its inception in 1936. Its traditions include Hogan’s Alley, The Wall of Champions, and stretch of holes labeled the Horrible Horseshoe. If you’re interested, read about the course here; I’m not getting paid for this.

The second reason to watch this week’s event is the field. We’re only three weeks away from the US Open and the big names are competing to fine-tune their games during upcoming weeks in preparation. So you can expect to see Mickletits, Tim Clark, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Angel Carbrera and Geoff Ogilvy paired with young talent like Rickys Barnes and Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney and Jason Gay (aka The Next Tiger). So between the field and the track, there’s plenty to be excited about this week.  And maybe with a little luck (and Lefty’s untimely case of a random severe illness), I will pick someone who makes the cut and produces less than 100pts…