May 21 2013
So, it appears the mythical Texas Slam is safe for another year. Nobody has ever done it. Not Nelson, not Hogan, not Snead, not Palmer. Nary a player has ever managed to win all four PGA TOUR stops in Texas — Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.
To date 12 players have won three of the four legs. Only two of them still regularly play the PGA TOUR — 2007 Shell Houston Open champion Adam Scott and 2011 winner Phil Mickelson. The other 10 are either Champions Tour regulars, retired or deceased.
Unfortunately, 2013 Masters champion Scott, who only lacks a title at Colonial to complete the slam, is not in the field this week as the PGA TOUR stops in Fort Worth for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Mickelson lacks a win in San Antonio but chose not to play this year because of his schedule.
However, one other player with three legs of the slam on his resumé is teeing it up at Colonial. Corey Pavin, 1983 Shell Houston Open titleholder who now plays the Champions Tour, is in the field. He lacks a victory at the HP Byron Nelson Classic, which was won last week by Sang-Moon Bae.
The other players who have won three legs and the victory they lack include: Ben Crenshaw (Houston), Bruce Devlin (San Antonio), Roberto DeVicenzo (San Antonio), Ben Hogan (Houston), Byron Nelson (Fort Worth), Arnold Palmer (Dallas), Sam Snead (Houston), Bruce Crampton (Dallas) and Mike Souchak (Dallas). Eleven players have won two of the four legs, including current PGA TOUR players Rory Sabatini and Vijay Singh, who are entered at Fort Worth and need to add a win at Hogan’s Alley to join the players with three legs to their credit.