Dean & Deluca Invitational preview: Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth look to add to win total

Written By Alec Brzezinski
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This week, the PGA Tour heads down the highway about 20 miles from last week's stop in Dallas as famed Colonial Country Club hosts the newly sponsored Dean & Deluca Invitational.

Nestled amongst the trees in Fort Worth, Texas, Colonial is the longest-standing course on the PGA Tour. The course was made famous by Ben Hogan, when he won his first of five events in 1946. This event has lost a bit of its edge since then, but plenty of top players still come to play this gem of a course.

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Adam Scott, winner here in 2014, and Jordan Spieth, runner-up last year, headline the event this year. Spieth will have to put some recent disastrous Sundays behind him if he hopes to contend. Scott, on the other hand, has been solid since winning twice in Florida, but he's failed to record a top 10 since the Cadillac-WGC Championship.

Colonial is a 7,204-yard par 70. It tends to favor better ball-strikers, so length off the tee isn't regarded as a necessity. With tight, tree-lined fairways and greens heavily guarded by big, white bunkers, the winner will struggle to make it to 10-under par.

Here are this week's top players:

Adam Scott (7) — Scott's putting has held up so far this season; he ranks 71st in strokes gained putting. He also ranks first in strokes gained tee-to-green and scoring average. Scott won here in 2014 one week after moving into the top spot in the world rankings. That spot is currently unattainable, but he could move within shouting distance of the Big Three if he wins again this year. Fantasy advice: It's a bit of a weaker field, so everyone should play one star. We like Scott over Spieth this week.

Jordan Spieth (2) — Spieth is clinging to the second spot in the world rankings after turning in yet another horrible final round last week. With that being said, he's desperate to win in front of his hometown fans, and he has the game to turn things around in a hurry. Fantasy advice: Expect to see his name on the first page of the leaderboard all week. But will it end there Sunday?

Matt Kuchar (20) — Kuchar heads into the week on the heels of back-to-back third-place finishes. After struggling to contend last season, Kuchar — a top-10 machine — appears to be back in form this year. He finished runner-up here in 2013 and is seven for eight in cuts made at this event. Fantasy advice: Play with confidence. When he's in a groove like this, everyone in the field is playing for nine spots in the top 10.

Patrick Reed (13) — After a top-10 laden start to the season, Reed, a Texas native, has cooled off a bit in recent months. Still just 25 years old, he's a threat in Texas — he finished t-10 at the Houston Open and solo second at the Texas Open. It would not be a surprise if he won his first tournament since last January this week. Fantasy advice: Not a sure bet like Kuchar, but he has a little more upside in the birdie and eagle department.

Chris Kirk (53) — Last year's champion has two top fives in his last five starts and is six for six with four top 20s on this course. He may not be as flashy as some of the guys on this list, but he's a gritty player that quietly has four PGA Tour wins. Fantasy advice: Withdrew from The Players, but he's comfortable on this course, so you should feel comfortable implementing hi into your lineups.

Best of the rest

Zach Johnson, Danny Lee, Brandt Snedeker, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker

Sleepers

Tony Finau, Smylie Kaufman, Kevin Chappell, Ian Poulter, Sean O'Hair

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