2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Prediction
Ready for 2016 PGA AT&T Byron Nelson Championship betting predictions? After a riveting week at TPC Sawgrass the PGA pros head to Irving, Texas to play the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship on TPC Four Seasons Resort’s 7,166 yards, par 70 track. This is a tournament that the standout Steven Bowditch won last year proving that absolutely anything is possible here – ANYTHING!
2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
Date: May 19-22, 2016 on Golf Channel/CBS
Location: TPC Four Seasons Resort – Irving, TX
Purse: $7,300,000 / Winner Share: $1,300,000
Defending Champion: Steven Bowditch
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TPC Four Seasons is a bit of a quirky test – length shouldn’t be a factor but it is – there is a pair of 500+ yard par 4s and there is one par 4 that measures 325 yards.
Obviously on a par 70 track par 4 scoring average is something to look at – Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green is also something I will keep in mind.
So who should we focus on this week? Let’s take a look.
2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Favorites:
Jordan Spieth +700
It’s pretty tough to support Spieth after last week, especially on a track he has posted just one top 25 in five tries.
Dustin Johnson +900
Has never missed a cut in this event with four top 10s and had five straight top 15s on TOUR (four top 5s) before a respectable T28 at THE PLAYERS last week on a track that doesn’t fit his eye in the least. DJ has quietly been one of the hotter guys on TOUR and in arguably his favorite annual stop has to be in the conversation.
Matt Kuchar +1800
Kuchar finally had a good week when he finished T3 at THE PLAYERS – he may be ready to explode! Quietly Kuch now has top 25 finishes in four of his last five starts overall.
He has been inside the top 10 three of the last five years at this event and has never missed a cut here in eight tries. Kuchar is overdue for a huge week – TPC Four Seasons could provide that.
2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Contenders:
Charley Hoffman +2200
Missed the cut at THE PLAYERS but he was due for a letdown after three top 20s including a win at the Valero Texas Open in his previous four starts. He has had some success on this track – a T8 in 2013 and a T2 last year. He ranks 36th on the TOUR in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and is as confident a guy as there is out there right now. Current form (outside of last week) and track history have Hoffman on my radar this week.
Charl Schwartzel +2500
Was last seen missing the cut at The Masters but he does have a good record here – three starts with three cuts made including a third place finish in 2013 and a T11 in 2014. He had been on fire prior to Augusta – a win at the Valspar was the culmination of a pretty good streak. Schwartzel has a bit of momentum and some pretty good track history on his side this week.
Zach Johnson +2500
Has definitely been up and down but on shorter tracks ZJ seems to always show up on my lists and why not?
His iron play is terrific and outside of one bad round (a closing-day 80), Johnson was good last week. He finished fifth on this track last year and seems overdue for a break-out performance.
Ryan Palmer +4000
Palmer is a guy that is a sexy pick of many his week and rightfully so. He has made the cut in 12 straight events with a T4 at the Valero (another Texas event) and T23 at THE PLAYERS in his last two. The Texas guy lost this event in a playoff in 2011 and since has gone 4-for-4 with two top 10s. He’s 11th in driving on TOUR and 19th in birdie or better percentage – perfect stats for this track. Palmer is another guy that is due and his game seems perfectly suited for this track.
2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Sleepers (+5000 or higher):
Danny Lee+ 5000
Lovin’ me some Danny Lee this week. It was at this time last year that he started to really make a name for himself. He played pretty well at THE PLAYERS last week and despite finishing an OK 34th here last year is on my radar this week. He ranks 26th in driving accuracy and eighth in sand saves – attributes that will definitely come in handy this week. Lee is a talent and could threaten.
Scott Piercy +6600
Has been consistently strong all season long – eight top 25s, including a T23 at TPC Sawgrass. His history here is pretty good – three top 30 finishes, including a T5 in 2013 and a T15 in 2012 and with a solid all around game could be a factor again this week. He ranks T27 in GIR and 24th in birdies-or-better percentage – good stats for TPC Four Seasons.
2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship Picks:
I am tempted to go with Ryan Palmer at +4000 but I am sticking with the safer pick – Dustin Johnson at +900 gets my vote. He has recorded two top 10s and a playoff loss in his last five Nelson starts. He has also finished inside top 25 in last two starts coming into this week.
My sleeper is Danny Lee at +5000. His game is well suited for this track and his confidence has to be high after a decent week at TPC Sawgrass.
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