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AT&T Byron Nelson: PGA Golf Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/17/18

The 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson

AT&T Byron Nelson: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Trinity Forest Golf Club) See the Latest Odds


We make our fourth trip to Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson, an event that debuted in 1944 and has finished in a playoff each of the last two years. Despite the history of this event, there have only been five players who have won it multiple times. Tom Watson leads the way with four victories. Guys have about a month to get their game ready for the upcoming US Open.

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AT&T Byron Nelson: PGA Golf Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/17/18

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Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.

Jimmy Walker - Few golfers are hitting the ball like Jimmy Walker at the moment, as he has four straight top-25 finishes, which includes finishing fourth in the Valero Texas Open and runner-up last week in the Players Championship. Walker should be able to carry that momentum into the Byron Nelson, an event where he’s made the cut nine of 11 tries and finished runner-up in 2015. Walker should get more respect this week, but we’ll still take our odds of +2200.

Sergio Garcia - Sergio Garcia is one of the favorites this weekend, but you can still get him at +1400 odds, and nobody has ever complained about making 14 times their money. Garcia is one of the players to win this tournament at least twice, with his most recent victory coming in 2016. Garcia has also finished 20th or better in each of the last four years at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Garcia has been awful since his top-10 finish at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which includes missing the cut three of his last four events, but there’s few golfers who have consistently contended in Dallas the way he has over the years.

Scott Piercy - Scott Piercy has missed the cut in two of his last three events and three of his last seven events overall. However, when Piercy is golfing the last day of the weekend, he’s pretty damn good. Piercy won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and has top-25 finishes in his last three tournaments when making the cut. Piercy has also finished 26th or better in four of his last six appearances at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which includes a fifth place finish back in 2013. Piercy is worth a look this week with +5000 odds.

Rory Sabbatini - Rory Sabbatini has just four top-25 finishes in his last 17 events and hasn’t really even come close to winning a tournament. However, Sabbatini is extremely consistent when it comes to making the cut and has finished top-30 or better in five of his last eight starts. As for this tournament, Sabbatini won it in 2009 and actually holds the record with a 261 and his -19 to par was one stroke below Sam Snead’s record set in 1957. Sabbatini also finished third here back in 2007 and has made the cut in 12 of 18 starts. Hard to pass up Sabbatini and +6000 odds.

Billy Horschel - Billy Horschel has missed the cut twice in three career appearances at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but that one time he made the cut, he ended up winning it. Horschel is the defending champion at this event. And it just turns out, Horschel is playing some of his best golf of the season, which includes a victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a fifth place finish at the RBC Heritage. Horschel had a brutal stretch where he struggled to make the cut, but he’s finished 11th or better in three of his last four events. Nobody has won this event back-to-back years since Watson in the late 70s, but there’s no denying the current from of Horschel. I’ll take a stab with +2000 odds.

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