Spieth returns to Colonial as he prepares to defend title

Jordan Spieth was the champion at Colonial in 2016.

Golf phenomenon Jordan Spieth returned to Fort Worth on Monday as he prepares to defend his title this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational set for May 22-28 at Colonial Country Club.

Spieth won the 2016 tournament with a dramatic finish of three closing birdies for a 17-under-par win. The Dallas native was in Fort Worth Monday for a luncheon with top tournament officials and sponsors.

“To win here is very special to me,” he told the group. “I will remember that entire back nine and the feelings it gave me. It is so special to win a tournament I came to for years as a kid.”

Then Spieth commented about his two jackets that came with championships, the Colonial plaid jacket and the Augusta green jacket from the Masters. “The two jackets that I have are the coolest trophies,” he said. “You feel like you’re part of the place when you put it on; it’s another home. I feel like Colonial is a second home to me.”

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Some early commitments to the field include eight-time tour winner Brandt Snedeker, 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner and local recent winners Rod Pampling and Cody Gribble. About 125 total players are expected for the tournament.

Full list of early commitments:

Aaron Baddeley

Ricky Barnes

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Chad Campbell

Greg Chalmers

Keith Clearwater

Jason Dufner

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Matt Every

Cody Gribble

Emiliano Grillo

David Hearn

Charley Hoffman

Si Woo Kim

Colt Knost

Jason Kokrak

Martin Laird

Danny Lee

Marc Leishman

David Lingmerth

Ben Martin

William McGirt

Kevin Na

Ryan Palmer

Rod Pampling

Martin Piller

Kyle Reifers

Brandt Snedeker

Jordan Spieth

Kevin Streelman

Chris Stroud

Brian Stuard

Daniel Summerhays

Vaughn Taylor

Johnson Wagner