Spieth Is Crowne Plaza Invitational Favorite With McIlroy Out

Rory McIlroy will not have the opportunity to follow up his masterful -21 performance last weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy, the first two-time winner of the tournament, shot a third-round 61 on Saturday, which accounted for -11 strokes of his total score. Golf’s superstar has left the country, so golf fans can say with absolute certainty that he will not be winning this weekend’s Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

According to the event’s website, 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational tickets for weekly admission, valid each day from Wednesday, May 20, through Sunday, May 24, are $125.

With the field not at full strength, 2015 Masters Tournament winner Jordan Spieth will be the odds-on favorite to capture the 500 FedEx Cup points that are up for grabs. Daily admission, which allows golf fans to pick any day from the dates listed above (and access to the Crowne Plaza Grille), cost $50. There are also youth daily passes available for anyone between the ages of 13-17 that can be purchased for only $15. Children 12 years and younger are allowed in for free.

It should be a high-scoring event, as some of the golf courses in Texas allow for further driving distances and friendly putting surfaces. Hipmunk.com can get any golf fan to the event, with available reservations for flights to Dallas, along with Dallas hotels starting from $69 for attendees looking to stay longer than one day of the tournament.

From an odds standpoint, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Paul Casey, Adam Scott, Chris Kirk, Kevin Na and Patrick Reed are the group trailing Spieth.

The thing to keep an eye on is to see how Spieth responds to the recent scorched-earth approach of McIlroy. The No. 1 ranked golfer in the world hasn’t finished worse than tied for 11th in his last five tournaments. Prior to his first-place finish last week, McIlroy tied for eighth at The Players Championship, finished fourth at the Masters Tournament, tied for 11th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and tied for ninth at the World Golf Championships (Cadillac Championship). The first event of the season, the Honda Classic on March 1, McIlroy did not make the cut.

After his impressive Masters Tournament victory, Spieth still has work to do to prove he can be as consistent as some of the world’s top-ranked players. A win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational would certainly be a step in the right direction.