Tuesday, May 14, 2013

HP Byron Nelson Championship - Fantasy Picks


HP Byron Nelson Championship:
Location: Irving, Texas
Course: Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas
Par: 70
Length: 7,166 yards
Prize Pool: $6,500,000
Last Years Champion: Jason Dufner

The PGA Tour season continues this week from Texas with the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  With the 2013 season well under way, players should have no excuses for not bringing their 'A' games this week.  We've seen some awesome golf over the last few weeks with a lot of close finishes.  I expect this week to be a similar fight to the finish, with many players still hunting for their first victory of the year.  

Here's a few of the players I'll be keeping a watch on...

Jason Dufner - I think the defending champ will be revitalized this week with a strong showing.  He's played well on this course, finishing T8 in 2011. He's still chasing his first top 10 on the PGA TOUR in 2013 and I think it will happen this week. 

Ben Crane - Ben has shown some improvements as the 2013 season unfolds including a T8 at The Players last week which was the second top 10 in his last four starts. I've been rooting for Ben all season, and it's exciting to watch him climbing the ranks, a trend I think will continue this week.

Jason Day - Day's found success at this event in the past, winning in 2010, following that with a fifth place finish in 2011 and a T9 in 2012.  He's been playing well so far in 2013, has made fourteen consecutive cuts including four top 10s this season. 

Matt Kuchar - Playing consistent golf has helped Kuchar survive 14 straight cuts, four of which lead him to  top 10 finishes this year. He's familiar with this event having finished T6 in 2011 and T15 (2012.  I think he'll be ready for a top 10 this year.

Keegan Bradley - Bradley is also a past winner of this event (2011) and will undoubtedly be gunning for the title in 2013.  He's chalked up five top 10 finishes already this season, but having missed his last two cuts, I think that should give him some additional motivation to get back on track.

Here's a closer look at my completed fantasy picks:




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This article was written by Scott Stevens and is part of the Eat Sleep Golf - Fantasy Golf series which focuses on introducing upcoming PGA Tour events as well as evaluating the field of players. We encourage you to comment below and/or join in the conversation with us on Twitter using #FantasyGolf & #PGATour. Be sure to connect with us @EatSleepGolf