Colonial Announces Champions’ Choice Invitees

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Sam Burns and Joaquin Niemann Announced as Colonial Champions’ Choice Invitees
The long-running tournament tradition of champions voting in two
players has placed Sam Burns and Joaquin Niemann in the 2018 Fort
Worth Invitational field. This unique tradition allows Colonial
champions to choose promising professionals who have never before been
eligible for the prestigious invitational event. The tournament
celebrates its 72nd championship this year, May 21-27.
Burns, 21, had a distinguished career at LSU, where he was an
all-American and the 2017 Jack Nicklaus Award winner. He turned
professional last fall and qualified for the Tour through its
Q-School. He also made the cut in two regular PGA Tour events. He has
won once already on the Tour is in the top five in the current
standings on that circuit. Niemann of Chile has been the #1–ranked
amateur in the world. His victory in the 2018 Latin America
Championship garnered him an invitation to this year’s Masters. After
competing in the Masters, the 19-year-old turned professional. He
placed sixth in his debut at the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open
recently, which earned him an invitation into the Wells Fargo
Other Champions’ Choice invitees who made their professional
debut in Fort Worth with this honor were Davis Love III, Paul Azinger,
Billy Mayfair, Mark O’Meara, Curtis Strange and Stewart Cink.
Five years ago, 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth
was invited as a Champions’ Choice; he later became the 2016 Colonial
In all, 72 of the former 125 choices have become PGA Tour
tournament winners, racking up 408 victories and 27 majors.
A purse of $7.1 million awaits the final field of 120
contestants. Tickets are on sale now at and at
local Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores.


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