Matt Kuchar was third at the Byron Nelson last year.
The PGA Tour begins its two-week Texas Swing – both in the Dallas area — on Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson. There will be no back-to-back winner come Sunday as the surprise champion of last week’s Players Championship, South Korea’s Si Woo Kim, has withdrawn with a back injury. At 21, Kim was the youngest winner in Players Championship history. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the betting favourite again on Sports Interaction golf odds this week.
AT&T Byron Nelson Betting Odds
While not the caliber of the Players Championship, it’s a pretty good field at the TPC Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas in Irving. Four of the top six players in the world rankings as well as eight of the Top 19, and 16 of the Top 50 players are set to tee it up. Late additions included 2014 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel and Ian Poulter, who finished second last week, three shots behind Kim with Louis Oosthuizen.
This is the 35th and last time the tournament is held at the course, which measures 7,166 yards and is a par 70. That means two fewer par 5s. The course record is a 60 set by Keegan Bradley four years ago. The event moves to Dallas’ Trinity Forest Golf Club next year.
Johnson most likely will be favoured in every event he plays the rest of 2017 and is priced at +482. DJ finished tied for 12th last week at TPC Sawgrass, a course that simply hasn’t suited him in his career. That was his worst finish in his last six Tour starts. Johnson hasn’t won this event but has four Top 10s in his past six trips. He was 12th last year.
Hometown boy Jordan Spieth is +1300 along with Sergio Garcia. You may remember that Spieth played this tournament at age 16 on a sponsor exemption, and he finished T16. Believe it or not, that’s still Spieth’s best finish. He missed the cut last week, his second MC in his past three tournaments. Garcia is the defending champion, beating Brooks Koepka on the first hole of a playoff. Both finished at 15 under. Sergio is the only player to win this event twice at the current course. He also did in 2004 in a playoff.
Koepka (+1000) and Jason Day (+1900) are the only other players below +2000. Koepka looked in control on the back nine last year on Sunday but bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes and just missed a birdie chance at 18 to end up in that playoff with Garcia. On the first extra hole, Koepka found the water. That’s Koepka’s only Top 10 in three trips. Day won in 2010 but hasn’t played the tournament since 2013. Day is struggling this year with just one Top 10 and two missed cuts.
Canadian Golfer Odds
Graham DeLaet is the highest-ranked Canadian in the field at No. 117 in the world (Adam Hadwin and Mackenzie Hughes aren’t playing) and is +7400 to win. DeLaet missed his fifth cut of the year and third in his past five tournaments last week following rounds of 74-74. He was seventh here in 2014 but missed the cut in 2016.
Nick Taylor is +7600 and Brad Fritsch +41600. Taylor is off an eighth-place finish at the Wells Fargo and plays this event for the first time. Fritsch was T71 at the Wells Fargo and looking for his first Top 25 of the year. He was 59th last time at the Byron Nelson in 2014.
No Canadian has won this tournament. Mike Weir was second in 2014, two shots behind winner Brendon Todd.
AT&T Byron Nelson Betting Predictions
Take Johnson and Jason Dufner for Top 10s. Dufner won here in 2012 and has two eighth-place finishes as well this decade. My winner is Matt Kuchar at +4700. Since 2007, he hasn’t missed a cut or finished worse than T42 at the Nelson. Kuchar, who had an MDF at the Players Championship, was third last year.