Colonial CC is a par 70 that offers a modest test of 7,204. Despite being lengthen by 150 yards for the 2009 tournament, the leaderboard continues to reinforce that length is not a big deal. There are just two par 5s, as the par-70 number would suggest, to go with four par 3s and 12 par 4s. That would certainly confirm that par-4 scoring average is at a premium this week as much as ever. This is also a layout that really favors the accurate driver, and overall good ball-striker. The leaderboards here bear some semblance to those of the RBC Heritage and THE PLAYERS, which also are fairly unforgiving off the tee.
Here is a look at the winners and runners-up since 2005:
- 2005 - Winner: Kenny Perry (19-under 261) over Justin Leonard (267)
- 2006 - Winner: Tim Herron (268) over Richard S. Johnson in a playoff
- 2007 - Winner: Rory Sabbatini (266) over Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer in a playoff
- 2008 - Winner: Phil Mickelson (266) over Tim Clark and Rod Pampling (267)
- 2009 - Winner: Steve Stricker (263) over Steve Marino and Tim Clark in a playoff
- 2010 - Winner: Zach Johnson (259) over Brian Davis in a playoff
- 2011 - Winner: David Toms (265) over Charlie Wi (266)
- 2012 - Winner: Zach Johnson (268) over Jason Dufner (269)
- 2013 - Winner: Boo Weekley (266) over Matt Kuchar (267)
- 2014 - Winner: Adam Scott (271) over Jason Dufner in a playoff.
In addition to current form and course history, I intend to take a hard look at strokes gained: tee-to-green, driving accuracy, par breakers, par 4 scoring average and some sort of proximity statistic from 150 yards and closer.
I will return later in the week with a power ranking and one-and-done selection. Until then, happy research!