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THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT
Edited by JIM GORANT
June 01, 2009
CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL
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June 01, 2009

This Week's Main Event

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CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL AT COLONIAL

Bird Watching

Besides a strong field that is scheduled to include 10 of the top 20 players in the world, the Colonial will provide an interesting subplot. CBS analyst Ian Baker-Finch, who won at Colonial in 1989, will enter the tournament. "I turn 50 in a couple of years, and I want to see where I am, whether it's worth putting extra effort into playing a bit," says Baker-Finch. His last Tour appearance was at the 2001 Colonial, at which he shot 74--77 and missed the cut. If he plays better this time, Baker-Finch says he'll consider teeing it up at St. Andrews for the 2010 British Open, which he won in 1991.

Drive for Dough?

Driving accuracy rules on the short, tight fairways of Colonial, which is why from 1999 through 2005 the winner ranked in the top five in that category (chart). But the last three victors have used hot putters to negate wayward tee shots, ranking second, tie for fourth and tie for third in putting, respectively. That bodes well for Luke Donald, who ranks first in putting on Tour this year.

—Compiled by Sal Johnson

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