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Odds favor Jordan Spieth at the Byron Nelson

Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for second at last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for second at last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Star-Telegram

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.

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