Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2017 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Preview

The PGA Tour will make the trip to Irving, Texas and the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas for the AT&T Byron Nelson this week. A year ago, it was Sergio Garcia who beat out Brooks Koepka in a playoff to win the Byron Nelson Championship. Garcia returns to defend his title this year but the 2017 Masters winner will have some tough competition in an absolutely loaded field. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day have all made their way to Irving with an eye on their piece of the $7.5 million prize pot for this week’s tournament.

Event Details

Event: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

Category: PGA

Date: May 18-21

Location: TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, Texas

A week ago it was Si Woo Kim celebrating with a breakout win at THE PLAYERS Championship. He was the youngest winner ever at the tournament. While another young gun could easily surprise with a victory this week there is no doubt that experience will play a role in the outcome of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. The course and conditions were very hard to read at last week’s event and we might see the same thing this week in Texas.

Past Five Winners

2016: Sergio Garcia -15

2015: Steven Bowditch -18

2014: Brendon Todd – 14

2013: Bae Sang-moon -13

2012: Jason Dufner -11

What To Know About The Course

TPC Four Seasons has tree-lined Bermuda grass fairways and the water comes in to play on eight holes. This venue has never been a favorite with the players and it likely won’t be this year either in what could be its final renewal here. Five of the last six winners here have ranked inside the top-14 for Driving Distance. Meanwhile, five of the last six winners have also ranked inside the top-nine in Greens In Regulation. Those two statistical categories are worth considering this week as we could see similar results at this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. Par 4 scoring should be another factor again this week so it might be worth taking a look at the numbers heading in to this week’s tournament.

The Field

Garcia is among the sports betting favorites to win here for the second year in a row. However, Dustin Johnson will be the favorite to win this event outright at +400 odds. D.J. has been absolutely on fire so far this season and he has the potential to win every time he takes to a course. Meanwhile, Garcia is listed at +1100 odds to win outright. Spieth is expected to be in the mix as well at +1200 odds, followed by last year’s runner-up Koepka at +1400 odds. Day has struggled with his recent form but is still listed at +1800 odds to win this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen and Tony Finau are among the other names expected to be in the mix this week.

A Good Matchup To Bet: Brooks Koepka over Jordan Spieth

Spieth has missed the cut entirely in two of his last three starts so there is decent value fading him with another potential contender. Koepka might be the perfect option as he has been in excellent form of late and he nearly won this tournament a year ago. Koepka was playing at a very high level before he stumbled in a playoff against Garcia. His overall form at the 2016 edition of this tournament should inspire confidence. Koepka doesn’t have to win the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. He just needs to finish ahead of the struggling Spieth.

Top-Five Pick: Sergio Garcia

Garcia looked primed to contend at The PLAYERS Championship before a brutal 78 on Sunday dropped him out of contention. However, Garcia has been playing at a high level including his 2017 Masters win and he should be primed to bounce back with a strong performance this week. Garcia is the defending champion at this tournament so he is definitely capable of contending for the outright win again this week. If he doesn’t win, there is a good chance Garcia still finishes in the top-five at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Odds To Win 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

Dustin Johnson +450
Jordan Spieth +1050
Sergio Garcia +1050
Jason Day +1550
Brooks Koepka +1550
Louis Oosthuizen +2550
Russell Henley +3250
Matt Kuchar +3250
Patrick Reed +3250
Charley Hoffman +3250
Brandt Snedeker +3550
Ryan Moore +3550
Tony Finau +3550
Jason Dufner +3550
Charl Schwartzel +4050
Bud Cauley +4050
Ryan Palmer +4550
Ollie Schniederjans +4550
Marc Leishman +5050
J B Holmes +5050
Ian Poulter +5050
Byeong Hun An +5500
Kevin Tway +5500
Sung Kang +6550
Graham Delaet +7050
Smylie Kaufman +6050
Gary Woodland +7050
Keegan Bradley +8550
Hudson Swafford +8550

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About Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey has been setting his fantasy rosters since his days in the womb, just don't ask him how he used to get his waiver-wire reports back then. He's a lifelong fan of sports, especially the fantasy and betting aspects.

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