Handicapping the field
Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps his top choices, with odds, to win the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, which begins Thursday:
4-1 Jordan Spieth Masters champion and Dallas resident has been runner-up at first three tour stops in Texas. He’s due for a hometown triumph.
5-1 Dustin Johnson Power player is rested, ready and should benefit from a wet course that will play longer than its scorecard yardage.
6-1 Brandt Snedeker Missed last week’s putt on final hole with Colonial title on the line. Could convert similar chance this week in Irving.
8-1 Tarrant County Trio Expect one of these three golfers with Tarrant County addresses to be in the final-round mix: Ryan Palmer, Rory Sabbatini, Ben Crane.
10-1 Gary Woodland Long hitter is a good fit for this layout and has climbed to No. 28 in world rankings.
12-1 Jimmy Walker Former Baylor star, a Boerne resident, has won twice this season and sits at No. 12 in world rankings.
14-1 Jason Dufner Perpetual presence on DFW leader boards won the 2012 Nelson, has two recent runner-up finishes at Colonial.
15-1 Spieth’s house guests If the hometown hero cannot win a Nelson title, one of two fellow competitors bunking at Casa Jordan (Justin Thomas, Patrick Rodgers) might turn the trick.
18-1 Matt Kuchar (18-1) Steady veteran should have his game grooved after huddling this week with his Dallas-based instructor.
20-1 Brooks Koepka (20-1) Rising tour star won earlier this season at Phoenix Open is capable of doing the same at Byron Nelson.