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Dean & Deluca: Power Ranking

Monday, May 22, 2017


The Dean & Deluca Invitational returns to Colonial Country Club, with Jordan Spieth as the defending champion in his Lone Star State. The PGA TOUR honors Ben Hogan this week, having just done so for Byron Nelson last week.

 

Colonial Country Club is a classic layout, tipping out at 7,209 yards and playing to a par of 70. As one would expect, it offers just two par 5s to go with 12 par 4s and four par 3s. One of the trademarks of the course is known as the “Horrible Horseshoe”, which encompasses the third, fourth and fifth holes. Any player on the field will gladly take three pars and run on that tricky triangle.

 

As a general rule, accuracy and ball-striking tend to rule the day at Colonial Country Club. That’s fitting, given Hogan’s reputation as an elite ball-striker that is often modeled to this day. Spieth’s title defense will test that theory, as the Texan is struggling with accuracy off the tee this season.

 

The perfect formula for success this week is to identify a player able to work the ball both ways, find greens in regulation, hole a few putts and avoid big numbers. Par 4 proficiency would be a nice touch as well. Of course, that formula works most weeks.

 

Dissecting the players this week reveals a lack of true top-shelf options at the top, but plenty of depth throughout the power rankings. With that as the backdrop, here is this week’s power ranking!

 

1.  Jordan Spieth – The yellow flags are present, to be sure. He’s experimenting with the putter, and he’s struggling to find fairways. To be fair, he’s never been the most accurate driver. That said, his course history here is excellent. His finishes are T7-T14-T2-Win. Some people are panicking due to back-to-back missed cuts, but plenty of great players miss the cut at THE PLAYERS and he’s never been great at the Byron Nelson.

 

2.  Jason Dufner – He’s made six of eight cuts at Colonial, including two runner-up finishes and a T6 last year. Was on the cusp of contending last week before falling just outside of the top 10. Fits the mold of a great ball-striker on a course that usually demands just that.

 

3.  Bud Cauley – He’s been sneaky hot of late, with back-to-back top fives and top 10s in his last four starts. He’s made two of his three cuts in this tournament, with both going for top 25s. There is no reason to expect any type of slip up this week.

 

4.  Jon Rahm – No course history, but who really cares. He’s been really good everywhere this year. In a field that lacks major sizzle at the top, the Spaniard should rise like the cream of the crop.

 

5.  Marc Leishman – Never missed a cut in six trips, with a T13 last year marking one of two top 25s. His form is in good shape, with a win already on the resume in 2017 and coming off a T13 last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

 


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Ryan O’Sullivan joined Rotoworld in 2012. The Clemson grad blogs as The Golf Aficionado and can be found on Twitter @ryangolfblogger.
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