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FORT WORTH -- The formula for success at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial rarely deviates from one year to the next.
In 2001 in his first-ever start at Colonial, Garcia ranked third in the field in driving accuracy and tied for first in greens in regulation.
In 2010, Johnson led the field in greens in regulation.
Last year, Toms ranked tied for fourth in driving accuracy as well as greens in regulation.
In other words, three players with superb ball-striking weeks found their way to victory on one of the PGA TOUR's premier ball-striking courses.
Will one of those three past champions be able to recreate their winning ways this week?
Garcia hasn't won on TOUR since the 2008 PLAYERS Championship. He hasn't missed a cut since last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic, but each week he seems to be doomed by one round. In five of his last six stroke-play starts, he's suffered at least one round of 75 or higher.
Johnson has made every cut this year, but went through a three-month stretch when he didn't really contend. Lately, though, he's gotten into the mix down the stretch on Sunday, with a second at the RBC Heritage and a tie for second at THE PLAYERS.
"As of late, I started to play a little better," Johnson said. "It's just a matter of being patient."
Toms has been plagued by a balky putter this year; he currently ranks 102nd in the TOUR's primary putting category. A year ago when he entered Colonial, he was ranked 10th on TOUR.
But their excellent play goes back even further. Consider this:
Of Kuchar's last eight starts, he's finished inside the top 15 seven times.
Of Dufner's last eight starts, he's finished inside the top 30 seven times.
Of Fowler's last eight starts, he's finished inside the top 10 four times.
Now consider this:
Kuchar currently has the TOUR's longest active made cut streak at 18.
Dufner has had at least a share of the lead in one of the first three rounds on nine separate occasions this year, most by any player in 2012.
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Any way you slice it, the threesome of Dufner, Kuchar and Fowler are red-hot.