Handicapping the Byron Nelson field
05/14/2014 7:27 PM
11/12/2014 5:21 PM
Handicapping the field
Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps his top 10 picks, with odds, to win the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship:
5-1Jordan Spieth: Dallas resident has been close at Masters and The Players, seeks to slam the door in his hometown event.
6-1Matt Kuchar: No. 5 player in world golf rankings is top-ranked competitor in the Nelson field.
7-1Keegan Bradley: Perpetual leader board presence in Irving won the event in 2011, was runner-up last year.
9-1Jason Dufner: A frequent frontrunner in DFW events, the 2012 Nelson champ also won last year’s PGA Championship.
10-1Charl Schwartzel: The 2011 Masters champ is comfortable on undulated greens, like most he will see this week at TPC.
12-1Ryan Palmer: A Nelson contender the past three years, including a runner-up finish to Bradley in 2011 playoff.
15-1Dustin Johnson: Big hitter should love these wide fairways, has the touch to capitalize on the multi-tiered greens.
16-1Tarrant County Residents: Lots of locals could contend, whether it’s J.J. Henry, Chad Campbell, John Rollins or someone else.
18-1Harris English: Made some early noise in last year’s Nelson debut, capable of finishing the job this year.
20-1Robert Streb: Eight starts made, eight checks collected on PGA Tour, including runner-up finish in New Orleans.
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