Byron Nelson Championship
After 47 of the top 50 players in the world rankings contested the Players Championship last week the quality has taken an understandable dip this week with just 11 top 50 ranked players competing in Texas. The highest ranked player in the field is Louis Oosthuizen at seven, the only top 10 player in attendance.
Jason Dufner is the defending champion and looks a worthy market leader. His game is more about accuracy than distance which makes him a good fit for this week’s layout. Over the past two years he has the best course form of the entire field and is currently inside the top 20 for driving accuracy on the US PGA Tour.
Matt Kuchar has made his last five cuts in the Byron Nelson but never figured at the top of the leader board over the weekend. He was defending the Players Championship last week when he played solidly without ever looking like becoming the first player to win back to back at Sawgrass.
The favourite with most bookmakers is Jason Day and that looks about right based on his course and current form. The Aussie won this event in 2010 and showed his class by making the payout places in the US Masters in April. He has backed that effort up with two solid tournaments and has the temperament and skills to prosper on a course where avoiding bogeys will be more important than holing an above average number of birdie and eagle putts.
Of the bigger priced players Boo Weekley and Jimmy Walker have a great deal in their favour this week. Weekley is now looking near the level that earned him a Ryder Cup place in 2008 while Walker has contended too often this season not to eventually make the frame at a nice price.