2016 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational Roundup

by | May 30, 2016

The final leaderboard for the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational (previously the Crowne Plaza Invitational) at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas is in. Jordan Spieth clinched the title with an ending string of 3 straight birdies, beating runner-up Harris English by three strokes. It marks Spieth’s eighth PGA Tour win, outpacing Tiger Woods’ win progression at his age. Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:

(1) Jordan Spieth (-17)
(2) Harris English (-14)
(T3) Ryan Palmer (-13)
(T3) Webb Simpson (-13)
(5) Kyle Reifers (-12)
(T6) Anirban Lahiri (-9)
(T6) Jason Dufner (-9)
(T6) Matt Kuchar (-9)
(T6) Martin Piller (-9)
(T10) Chad Campbell (-8)
(T10) Kevin Kisner (-8)
(T10) Bryce Molder (-8)

Here are my thoughts on the champion and some notables near the top of the leaderboard:

Winner: Jordan Spieth (-17) – Believe it or not, this is 22-year-old Spieth’s eighth PGA Tour win since making his splash on the professional scene in 2013. Aside from this week, his best finish since his last win at the Hyundai TOC in January was a T2 at the Masters. Here are his previous five finishes: T18 (Byron Nelson), MC (Players), T2 (Masters), T13 (Shell Houston Open), T17 (WGC Match Play). Previous finishes at this event for Jordan were a T2 last year, T14 in 2014 and T7 in 2013 — looks like he has always tended to do well at Colonial, and that trend continues now. It will certainly be very interesting to see how he performs moving at the Memorial and U.S. Open in the coming weeks. Will he one or more majors this year? Possibly. Will this be his last win of the season? Unlikely, but who knows what’ll happen?

Final round: 6 birdies and 1 bogey (all on the back nine) for a 5-under 65. Scores in regulation: 67, 66, 65, 65 (263). Spieth was tied with English going into 16, but he pulled away after making three straight closing birdies — one as a chip-in from off the green and two putts from over 20 feet. The birdies on 17 and 18 were just gravy.

Harris English (-14) – This would have been English’s third Tour win; his last was at the 2013 OHL Classic at Mayakoba. This is his best finish of the 2015-2016 season thus far, eclipsing his solo third at the Phoenix Open back in February. This guy is a proven winner on the professional scene; his best year was clearly 2013, but since then he unfortunately hasn’t had particularly good results. He missed two cuts in his previous four starts. Last week at the Byron Nelson he finished T49. Previous finishes at Colonial for English include a T30 in 2014, missed cut in 2013 and T5 in 2012. I don’t expect English to contend in the coming weeks, but much stranger things have happened on the PGA Tour.

Final round: 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 2 bogeys for a 4-under 66. Scores in regulation: 67, 69, 64, 66 (266). Unlike Spieth who ran away with birdies, English closed with six straight pars after a bogey on 12 and fell behind.

Have any congratulations for Jordan, or any other thoughts about the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational?  Be sure to drop a comment below!

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Image attributed to: Erik Charlton

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