Byron Nelson Championship Preview

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Byron Nelson Championship | Thursday 16 May - Saturday 19 May | TPC Four Seasons

It can’t be easy for tournament organisers to generate hype when their tournament follows the Players. However, the string-pullers of this one seem to be doing a good job, as there is a ton of anticipation building around  this year’s instalment of the competition. With that in mind, you can be sure that some of the top names in the game will be here to try and claim a portion of the $6.5 million prize fund. The course is TPC Four Seasons, a par 70 measuring in at 7,166 yards. The greens are large and undulating and the fairways are lined with trees. Add to this a variety of creeks and ponds and you have a remarkably picturesque course. Last year, Jason Dufner edged out Dickie Pride in an exciting final day and so it comes as no surprise that he is one of the favourites to win. Will he be able to retain his title though? Let’s have a look.

To Win Outright
Jason Day  12/1
Matt Kuchar  14/1
Jason Dufner  16/1
Keegan Bradley  20/1
Charl Schwartzel  20/1

Angel Cabrera (75/1 a win, 19/1 a place)
It would appear that Angel Cabrera is angling for a position in the President’s Cup and is taking his golf a lot more seriously these days, which is great to see. A favourite amongst golf fans around the world, he has been playing brilliantly of late and his improved accuracy off the tee and amount of greens in regulation he is hitting are showing dividends. The course should suit his game. I’m hoping he goes well here.

Graeme Delaet (80/1 a win, 20/1 a place)
Delaet certainly hasn’t set the golfing world on fire this season but he has been ultra-consistent. At 80/1, I’m going to throw my hat in the ring and say that he has a real place chance here. A top 10 at the Honda Classic, which was also played on a par 70 course strongly affected by wind, proves he should be able to handle the conditions and with his ranking of 4th in Total Driving and 3rd in GIR%, he has a real chance. 80/1 is a huge price.

Harris English (66/1 a win, 17/1 a place)
Harris English knows how to play in the wind and he has posted some great finishes on par 70 courses, so I’m giving him a chance at 66/1 this week. He’s still relatively new to the tour and looking to make a name for himself so he’ll be excited about a tournament that should play into his hands. Strong driving, GIR% and putting stats instil even more confidence in the young man. Get on while you can.

TOP BET: Louis Oosthuizen (22/1 a win, 11/2 a place)
The course appears as though it will suit Oosthuizen and with his form so far this season, I reckon he has a real chance of pulling off a victory here. He is long off the tee and incredibly accurate, which will go a long way if he is to avoid the numerous trees lining the course. Add to this his ability to hit greens in regulation and you have a serious contender on your hands. At 22/1 I reckon he offers a huge amount of value.

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