AT & T Byron Nelson
Jordan Speith will be welcomed with open arms when he returns to Dallas for the Byron Nelson. He should feel a bit more comfortable on home ground and will hope to find his form after that disastrous back nine at Augusta. He’s the firm favourite but not for me this weekend as he’s openly admitted that he hasn’t spent enough time on his putting recently, and that is the biggest strength in his game.
My main pick at Dallas-Fort Worth is last weeks 3rd place finisher Matt Kuchar. Sometimes you wonder if he ever cares about winning and losing as he’s so laid back, but he is a competitor who always comes up trumps at least once every season. Now is the time for Kooch to shine, and the fact he has good past form here is a massive plus. At Sawgrass he was competing for places but went to the very end, and this week he won’t have the likes of Jason Day forging ahead early on.
Charl Schwartzel hasn’t appeared on the US PGA tour since he missed the cut in The Masters, which was a big shock to his system. He took a few weeks out and now returns to America and should be in prime condition to get in the hunt for another title. Finishing 3rd here a couple of years ago will stand him in good stead and positive memories will help him around a tricky course. He’s played well the majority of the time on the PGA this season and even won the Valspar back in March. He’s ready to put himself back in contention for a big tournament like this.
I have a love/hate relationship with Jason Dufner. I love his laid back attitude and the way he conducts himself on the course, but I hate that waggle that he has at beginning of every shot, it’s so irritating. I’m still going to let that idiosyncrasy pass and back him to win this week. He’s another who’s played well in Dallas and can rekindle some of that past form in a location he enjoys. A very up and down season so far, but coming back from a big injury has been hard, so I’m ready to forgive him the waggle and watch him put four good rounds together.
Finally my big outsider is Sean O’Hair who is playing exceptionally well this season. He’s been putting himself in contention but has not been able to finish it off. Coming from the state of Texas this event will feel like a homecoming and a couple of months ago he recorded an impressive top 10 in the Texas Open, that was in this part of the world. If he can recreate that form then a place or even a win isn’t out of the question.
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