Hoff Is The Man For The AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
- 17 May 2016
The TPC Four Seasons Course at Los Colinas will again play host to this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour. The Texas venue underwent a major redesign in time for the 2008 edition of this event and the 7,166 yard track is again likely to be buffeted by rain and thunderstorms as Jordan Spieth bids to win the title in his home town...
|19th May - 22nd May||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
| Charley Hoffman (each way)
|@ 25 / 1|
|Ryan Palmer (each way)||@ 45 / 1|
|Scott Piercy (each way)||@ 66 / 1|
The Market Leaders
Spieth is the 15/2 favourite here (Betfred) but it is telling that his best effort at the Byron Nelson was a tie for 16th here when he was a teenager in 2010 and he is still searching for a first victory at a PGA Tour event in Texas having finished runner-up on three separate occasions in his home state.
Spieth will be desperate to end his drought in the 'Lone Star State' and he obviously demands respect, as does Dustin Johnson, who can be backed at 8/1. Length off the tee is often a crucial component when playing here and an ability to cope with the wind is beneficial, which are two facets of the game that Johnson clearly enjoys as he has finished no worse than 20th in his past four appearances at Las Colinas. Johnson has a real chance but his price is skinny enough to ensure we will head elsewhere for each-way value.
Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar has never missed a cut at the Byron Nelson and he heads here as a 20/1 shot off the back of his best result in fifteen months on the PGA Tour - tie for 3rd at The Players - but again, his price makes little appeal after what he had produced before last week.
Sergio Garcia came up short after we backed him last week and is priced 25/1, as is the more appealing Charley Hoffman, who must rank as a major threat this week. He may have missed the cut at The Players but he was superb before that, making ten successive cuts, including five top-20s and his victory at the Texas Open since February. Hoffman seems to love playing in Texas as he hasn't missed a cut in any of his past 16 stroke-play starts in the state, racking up twelve top-20s in that time, and he has a decent record at Las Colinas - T8 in 2013 and runner-up in 2015.
Tip #1: Charley Hoffman (each way) @ 25/1 with Coral.
Ryan Palmer is another who enjoys Texas as he was born and resides there and the ultra-consistent American is long enough off the tee to contend here. He may not have won on the PGA Tour since 2010 but few players can match the consistency of a man who hasn't missed a cut in twelve starts worldwide, including his tie for 4th at the Texas Open. Palmer lost a play-off to Keegan Bradley at the 2011 edition of the Byron Nelson but he has secured a couple of top-tens in this event since and he catches the eye at 45/1.
Tip #2: Ryan Palmer (each way) @ 45/1 with Bet 365.
Finally, Scott Piercy is as short as 35/1 with some bookmakers but we are going to jump on the 66/1 available with Bet Victor while we can. He is another player who has been so consistent without getting the plaudits and it is telling that his career best effort of 29th at the US Masters was his lowest finishing position in his past four starts. The 37-year-old seems to enjoy playing Las Colinas as a progressive list of results read 26-15-5 before he withdrew following the first round last year and we fancy he can get back on the upward curve in Texas.
Tip #3: Scott Piercy (each way) @ 66/1 with Bet Victor.