FORT WORTH, TEXAS | Two-time
Colonial champion and Dallas resident
Lee Trevino made a rare Monday ap-
pearance at the driving range at the
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
He had little trouble holding court for
an hour with players and others, mar-
veling at the changes in the game.
Trevino, who won here in 1976 and
‘78, took a look at the equipment and
fitness trailers lining the range and
couldn’t believe the updates since he
won $40,000 each for his Colonial wins,
a fraction of the 2012 $1 million-plus
winner’s Colonial check.
“When I started, if we had a club
broken we had to go find a shop who
could repair it or just do it ourselves.
“Now, this place looks like a damn
Walmart. I really believe the PGA Tour is
the only place you could show up without
clothes, shoes, clubs or a bag and be
ready to play the next day,” Trevino said.
Trevino, 72, recently competed in
a one-day exhibition with Jack Nick-
laus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player
in Houston during a Champions Tour
event and he said it was a blast.
“We had a great time. I think we’re
looking forward to doing it again next
year,” he said.
for the first pitch and remained for the
entire game, a 13-4 Rangers victory.
As part of his continuing rise to
fame, Dufner was asked to throw out
the first pitch of the Texas Rangers
game on Friday night, another first-
After a second-round 64, he traveled
to the Rangers’ ballpark, 30 minutes
from Colonial, with his caddie for the
opening pitch. Despite the lack of a
warm up, he said he was pleased with
the result – high and outside.
“I got it over the plate and I didn’t
bounce it. That’s all that matters. I
know what my sport is,” Dufner said.
Growing up in northern Ohio, Dufner
became a huge Cleveland Indians fan, a
loyalty he still holds, and claims base-
ball as one of his few non-Auburn sports
to watch. He wore a Rangers 34 jersey
Two-time Colonial champion Corey
Pavin had a guaranteed spot in this
week’s first senior major champion-
ship, the Senior PGA Championship, but
he decided to play in the Colonial as the
field’s oldest player at age 52.
Kevin Na shot a final-round 66, the
low score among the early Sunday fin-
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ishers, for a 278 total, but said he was
most pleased about his increased rate
“I was very happy this week. I felt a
made good progress with my pre-shot
routine. I know nobody has put more
effort into it than me,” Na said.
While he was put on the clock once
in Friday’s second round, he ended the
week getting compliments from Tour
rules officials and his fellow players.
“I had one official tell me for what
it’s worth he knows I’m trying more
than anybody,” Na said. “It’s a work in
progress, but I want to be known as a
Na said from his low point during
The Players Championship when he
struggled to get off a shot to this week at
Colonial, it’s been remarkable progress.
Cameron Tringale is used to being
paired with all kinds of pro-am part-
ners, but even he was surprised to see
local LPGA star Angela Stanford in his
group Wednesday at Colonial.
“I saw her bag next to the tee box
and I thought, ‘Surely, that can’t be in
my group.’ It was pretty cool. We don’t
get to see the women’s tour ever. A