PGA Tour extravaganza at Colonial
This year’s PGA Tour extravaganza at Colonial, the Fort Worth Invitational, will once again bring the world to Fort Worth, May 21-27. This year’s prestigious event features a $7.1 million purse and its world-famous golf course to bring in many top ranked and well-known golfers from all over the globe. At press time, top pros who had committed early to play include defending champion Kevin Kisner, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Charley Hoffman, Boo Weekley, Pat Perez, Patton Kizzire, Xander Schauffele and William McGirt.
The event will be broadcast worldwide by The Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday and by CBS on Saturday and Sunday. The Golf Channel will have early-day coverage on Saturday and Sunday prior to the CBS broadcast.
A special free event starting the week will feature the annual Family Day & Youth Clinic, a free event catering to kids at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, presented by B&B Butchers & Restaurant, on the course practice range. Monday’s activities include a Pro-Am with a 10 a.m. start, followed by practice rounds. Pros will also play practice rounds on Tuesday. Wednesday is the all-day Colonial Pro-Am, presented by MetLife. The championship rounds Thursday through Sunday begin at approximately 7:15 a.m. each day. The Colonial Country Club golf course is often rated one of Texas’ best, and is on “America’s best” golf list. The course is the site of two U.S. Opens and the Tournament Players Championship, and is the oldest event on the PGA Tour still played at its original site. The tournament’s popularity dates back to 1946 when golf legend Ben Hogan won the inaugural event. Since then, hosts of other golf superstars have stormed the course to win championships. Julius Boros, Bruce Devlin, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Tom Weiskopf, Ben Crenshaw, Peter Jacobsen, Nick Price, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia are just a few of the famous winners who have appeared throughout the event’s colorful history.
The main tournament entrance greets spectators at “Frost Park,” in the city park just across the street from the golf course. Detailed spectator information and parking instructions can be found at the official tournament web site www.fwinvitational.com. The tournament has generated cash and services for more than 150 different charity organizations in the last twenty years totaling more than $100 million. Every year since 1998, the tournament has surpassed the million-dollar mark in annual charitable donations.
One-day tickets are $50 for Wednesday through Sunday. Admission Monday and Tuesday is free. A grounds badge-good all week-costs $125. A special youth ticket can be purchased online for $15 – an adult attending the tournament must accompany any child. Kids 12 and under are free. A pass to the Champions Club, a large air-conditioned hospitality tent near the main practice green, is $250 for the week. Daily passes for the Champions Club are $95.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are not sold at the gate during the tournament. You may conveniently purchase tickets online at www.fwinvitational.com or by calling 817-927-4280.