FORT WORTH, Texas -- In 2010, Zach Johnson came out of a 90-minute lightning delay and thundered to a 21-under 259 to break the 72-hole scoring record at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by two strokes.
Johnson and Jason Dufner, who are tied at 12-under through five holes on Saturday, are both in contention to make a run at the mark.
In 2010, almost no wind to speak of throughout the tournament served up plenty low scores. Brian Davis shot 262 and Ben Crane and Jeff Overton each shot 263. Scott Verplank and Bryce Molder each shot 264, giving 2010 six of the best 11 four-day totals in Colonial history.
This time around, players have had to deal with steady 20-mph winds and gusts better than 30 mph. Winds have seemed to die down some Saturday and the forecast for Sunday calls for lighter winds, as well.
Among players that have appeared in six to 10 Colonial tournaments, no one has navigated the track better than Johnson, who is working on 14 consecutive rounds in the 60s entering Saturday's third round. Johnson's average score in his previous six stops at Colonial is 67.79.
And nobody is playing better overall golf than Dufner, who has won two of his last three Tour starts, including last week's one-stroke win at the HP Byron Nelson.
Jim Furyk, after his round on Friday, suggested that if the fairways remain lush and the greens stay "soft and receptive," he would expect to see low scores.