The Fort Worth International is going ahead this year without a title sponsor. This is the first time in over two decades, as the tournament has been backed by the likes of Dean & DeLuca and Crowne Plaza. The tournament takes place at the Colonial Club in Fort Worth, Texas and was won last year by our 33/1 selection Kevin Kisner. The par 70 course, which currently measures 7,204 yards, earned the nickname ‘Hogan’s Alley’ after the late Fort Worth resident Ben Hogan won this event five times. Built on flat terrain, the course features small greens and large bunkers, forcing players to give serious thought to their strategy. Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson are both two-time winners at Colonial, with Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Boo Weekley and Chris Kirk among the other recent winners.
Spieth, who won here two years ago, returns to the Fort Worth International as he continues his quest for his first victory since last summer’s Open Championship. The world number three heads the betting at odds of 9/1* with a number of bookmakers, from Jon Rahm, who is a 14/1* chance with most firms. Justin Rose’s form has tailed off a little in recent weeks, but the Englishman who hasn’t missed a cut since last August is at 20/1* with Ladbrokes. Rickie Fowler, who finished second at The Masters last month, is also at 20s* with Bet365, with Webb Simpson at 22/1* after his victory at The Players Championship. Scott leads the rest of the field at best odds of 28/1*.
Missing the cut on his last two starts looks to have counted against Kisner in the betting, but it’s nevertheless strange to see him available at a bigger price than when he won here last year. Some courses suit certain players and their styles and for Kisner, Colonial is that course. The straight-hitting 34-year-old has finished 10th, fifth and first on his three visits to this venue. He was seventh at the Heritage last month and runner-up at the Dell Match Play before that and merits a shorter price than the 45/1* on offer from Bet365.
As one of the straightest drivers on the PGA Tour this season, Emiliano Grillo should find the Colonial layout to his liking and his ability to keep out of trouble has produced some strong results over recent months. The Argentinian has posted four top 10 finishes in his last eight starts, while he hasn’t missed a cut since last August. He was just inside the top 25 here a year ago but has the confidence to build on that this week. He’s a 50/1* chance with Bet365.
Matt Kuchar’s long run without a missed cut came to an end in Texas last week, but he has a proud record at the Fort Worth International and can get back to his regular, consistent form this week. The current world number 22 was runner-up here five years ago, sixth in 2016 and 12th on his last visit. The course clearly sets up to suit his game and of the players near the top of the market he stands out at 33/1* with Ladbrokes or Coral.
*All odds are subject to change.