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2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational Preview: David Toms Looks To Defend Title

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is once again home to the PGA this weekend, as the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is set to get underway on Thursday.

FT. WORTH, TX - MAY 19: Sergio Garcia of Spain walks to his ball on the 18th green during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club on May 19, 2011 in Ft. Worth, Texas. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
FT. WORTH, TX - MAY 19: Sergio Garcia of Spain walks to his ball on the 18th green during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club on May 19, 2011 in Ft. Worth, Texas. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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The PGA Tour continues its stay in the Dallas area on Thursday, just days after the Byron Nelson Championship ended. This week, the world's best golfers will be competing in the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, in Fort Worth, Texas.

The last four champions of the Crowne Plaza Invitational have been Americans, with golf superstar Phil Mickelson winning in 2008, before Steve Stricker in 2009, Zach Johnson in 2010 and defending champion David Toms in 2011. Johnson's -21 in 2010 remains the best score in tournament history.

The tournament has been held since 1946, and has also been known as the Colonial National Invitation (until 1988 and again in 1995), the Southwestern Bell Colonial (1989-1994), the MasterCard Colonial (1996-2002), and the Bank of America Colonial (2003-2006).

Experts at the PGA Tour's official website have made their picks for the tournament -- and as you'll see, there are some pretty big names participating including Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk.

The tournament will begin very early on Thursday, with the first round of golfers set to tee off at 7:10 a.m. CT. David Toms, the defending champion, will tee off at 7:43 a.m.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.