The PGA Tour moves to Texas this week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving.
The 7,166-yard course has staged the tournament since 1994, and it’s traditionally one of the harder tracks on the PGA Tour roster.
This week, a number of the game’s biggest names have made the trip from the Players Championship to take part in the Byron Nelson.
Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day and Jason Dufner – who holed a 30-footer on the 72nd green to claim victory last year – are all in the field.
The TPC Four seasons is a relatively tight track with tree-lined fairways and numerous water features.
It isn’t the longest course in the world, but it’s imperative to find fairways in order to attack pins on the large, undulating putting surfaces.
This week, Jason Day is the 12/1 favourite with Ladbrokes, and I think he’ll take some beating. The Australian is in good form, coming so close at the Masters and finishing in a tie for 19th at last week’s Players Championship. He won his first PGA Tour event at the Byron Nelson in 2010, finished alone in fifth in 2011 tied for ninth last year. Day currently ranks 14th in the All-around ranking and 21st in Scoring Average.
Marc Leishman, at 20/1 with Ladbrokes, is another who can’t be ignored this week. After his impressive and unexpected performance at the Masters, the Australian finished ninth at Harbour Town and 8th at TPC Sawgrass. His record in the Byron Nelson Championship – where he’s notched three top 12s in his last four starts – is also exemplary.
Jimmy Walker, at 33/1 with Ladbrokes, looks a good bet this week. The American has made 22 consecutive cuts and recorded eight top 25s this season, including a tie for 15th at last week’s Players Championship. He currently ranks 17th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained – Putting, 10th in Adjusted Scoring and tied first in Par-4 Scoring.
Greg Chalmers, at 80/1 with Ladbrokes, could threaten the each way places this week. The Australian’s game – centred on course management, accuracy and an impeccable short game – is perfectly suited to the TPC Four Seasons, and he’ll be encouraged after playing some good golf at the Players Championship. Chalmers currently ranks fourth on the PGA Tour in Total Putting.
J.J. Henry, at 100/1 with Ladbrokes, is generously priced this week. The American resides in Texas and his record at the Byron Nelson – where he finished third last year – is excellent. What’s more, he currently ranks inside the top 30 on the PGA Tour for both Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation.
HP Byron Nelson Championship advised bets:
3pts each way on Jason Day at 12/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Marc Leishman at 20/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Jimmy Walker at 33/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Greg Chalmers at 80/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on J.J. Henry at 100/1 with Ladbrokes