Expert Picks: AT&T Byron Nelson
The PGA TOUR continues its Texan swing this week for the newly named AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons Resort. With devastating rains hitting the Lone State this week, the course will be very soft, with pick, clean and place rules applying. A soft course could see some record low scores, although wind can often be a factor at TPC Four Seasons resort.
Of the 156 players total, 78 have won a PGA TOUR event, 13 have won a Major, and combined they have 261 Tour wins.
Dustin Johnson is having a killer year since he returned to the PGA TOUR after a leave of absence. In 10 starts on tour he has 5 top-5 finishes and win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. DJ is a strong performer around the TPC Four Seasons course, with 3 top-10 finishes in his last 4 starts. Soft playing conditions should make the course play a lot longer this week, a huge advantage for the No.1 driving distance player on tour. Dustin enters this week 2nd favorite behind Jordan Spiith, and is paying decent odds at 8/1
Brandt Snedeker is fresh off a T-2nd finish at last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. After a tough 2014, Snedeker is already back in the PGA TOUR winners circle, having won the AT&T Pebble Beach back in February. Snedeker currently ranks 3rd on tour for strokes gained putting and scrambling, both being important factors on this wet course. Currently ranked No.32 in the world, Snedeker is good value at 22/1 to capture his 2nd PGA TOUR title of the year.
Brooks Koepka completed his maiden PGA TOUR victory at the Waste Management Open. Put that along with 3 top-10 finishes and 9 made cuts in 10 starts, and it’s safe to say he’s having a good first full season on tour. Like DJ, Koepka’s distance could be key to shorten this course, and currently sits 9th on tour for driving distance. This will only be his 2nd time playing the Byron Nelson having missed the cut last year. Currently ranked No.23 in the world, Koepka is great value at 50/1 to capture his 2nd PGA TOUR title.
With the withdrawal of Jason Day, my final pick will be Gary Woodland. The big hitting Kansas native currently sits 20th in the FedEx Cup standings, on the back 4 top-10 finishes including T2 at the CIMB Classic in the fall. In his last start, Woodland finished T-4th at the Wells Fargo Championship. Last year Woodland finished the Byron Nelson in a tie for 7th. Gary Woodland enters this week offering good odds of 30/1 for victory.