Washington - Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth seeks his first victory since last year's British Open at this week's PGA Fort Worth Invitational, where he produced
top-two finishes the past three years.
Spieth arrives at Colonial Country Club, just down the road
from his hometown of Dallas, after placing 21st at the Byron Nelson and 41st at
the Players following his third-place Masters showing.
The 7 209-yard, par-70 Colonial layout has been a tonic for
Spieth the past few years. He was runner-up in 2015, one stroke behind
compatriot Chris Kirk, and the winner in 2016 by three strokes before losing
again by a shot last year to American Kevin Kisner.
"I don't struggle reading the greens at Colonial,"
And Spieth, with 11 PGA wins at age 24, looks forward to
even the most tedious work in improving his game with the US Open looming in
June and his defence of the Claret Jug in July at Carnoustie.
"I'm waking up excited about anything that's off in my
game. I'm enjoying working at it," Spieth said.
"I'm trying to find new and better ways to be a better
player and if the results come right away great and if it takes a little while
I'm OK with that at this point. I'm taking a more patient approach to peaks and
valleys throughout my career."
The field also includes American Webb Simpson, in his first
event since winning the Players Championship, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who shared
second at Colonial last year and vows to grind his way against all rivls this
"I fight every single shot," Rahm said. "It
doesn't matter if it's the last shot on 18 on Sunday or the first shot on the
first hole on Thursday. I'm going to grind just as hard on each one of
England's Justin Rose makes his first Colonial start since
2010 while Rickie Fowler makes his first appearance at the course since 2014.
Major winners Jimmy Walker and Adam Scott are also in the line-up on a layout
that has hosted a PGA event since legend Ben Hogan won the inaugural title in
Hogan remains the only player to win at Colonial in
Two-time Colonial winner Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters and
2015 British Open winner, likes the Texas layout. Only Hogan with five wins has
won more often at the famed layout.
"It's almost like a quasi-home for me on the PGA
Tour," Johnson said. "It requires patience more than anything. It is
one where the fairways are a premium. The rough can be difficult, especially
from a control standpoint. And then when the greens get firm, this place can be