Spieth under the spotlight in Fort Worth

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All eyes will once again be on world number two Jordan Spieth at the newly named Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, after his latest struggles.

Since his stunning collapse at last month's Masters, it has been an all too familiar story for Spieth on the PGA Tour, evident at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Spieth entered last week's final round just two strokes off the lead before his capitulation, as he closed with a four-over-par 74, finishing five shots adrift of eventual winner Sergio Garcia.

But the two-time major winner has another chance to arrest his form slump at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational - previously known as the Crowne Plaza Invitational - starting on Thursday, as he seeks his first victory since January's Tournament of Champions.

If the 22-year-old is to get back among the winners, he will have to fend off defending champion Chris Kirk and 2014 winner Adam Scott, not to mention Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson at Colonial Country Club.

 

KNOST AND KUCHAR LOOM LARGE IN FORT WORTH

If form is anything to go by, Colt Knost is in for another strong showing at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Since sharing third at The Players Championship, where he matched the course record, Knost has gone on to finish in a tie for fourth at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The 30-year-old American - still waiting for his first Tour title - also tied for 10th at last year's tournament.

It is a similar story for Kuchar, who is without a victory in more than two years. For consecutive weeks, the seven-time PGA Tour champion has finished third in Texas and Florida.

NEW NAME, SAME COURSE

While a new sponsor means a new tournament name, the Colonial Country Club is still home of the invitational event. A par-70 course of 7,204 yards, the Colonial will provide golfers with another stern test as the Tour makes its final stop in Texas. The weather forecast is a little concerning, with thunderstorms expected over the first three days, though it is expected to clear for Sunday's final round.

THAT MAN AGAIN SPIETH

Given his form and the achievements of his rivals Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, it is a big week for Spieth. World number one Day maintained his stranglehold atop the golf summit with his victory at The Players Championship, while McIlroy recorded his first win of the season at the Irish Open. In that time, Spieth faltered dramatically at Byron Nelson last week. Can he get back to winning ways in his home state?

 

KIRK RETURNS TO DEFEND TITLE

Last year's tournament went down to the wire but Kirk came out on top. With a play-off looming, Kirk holed a par-saving and ultimately winning putt 12 months ago. The American's final-round 66 saw him edge Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn by one stroke at 12 under. Kirk has not won since, but a return to the scene of one of his greatest triumphs might kick-start the 31-year-old.

 

KIRK RELISHING CHANCE TO GET ONE OVER SPIETH... AGAIN

Countrymen Kirk and Spieth are good friends, which made the former's narrow victory last year even more enjoyable. Speaking ahead of the opening round, Kirk said: "I can't really say what he told me the next time I saw him on the range a few weeks later. He had a few choice words about my putt that I made on the last hole."