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STAR PREVIEW Thurs: AT&T Byron Nelson

G’day golf fans. We are now just one week out from the second major of the year, the PGA Championship. Hence the field for this week’s tournament, The Byron Nelson, is fairly stacked with top tier players looking to fine tune their games before heading to Tulsa next week in this rejigged schedule.

Last year’s defending champion K.H. Lee, who put on a clinic to win here at Craig Ranch last year faces an entirely different grade of opposition this year, but as ever it’s not the favourites I’ll be looking to tip. Anyone can do that. I’m looking for some real value that you can use either as an individual bet or in the one of the Top 5, 10, 20 finish. Or even in one of the nationality group categories.

So let’s have a look at the course. TPC Craig Ranch is a 7,468 Par 72 track. It’s a pretty open, generous design with the wind being its only defence to golfers of this calibre. Expect low scores from the get go and keep an eye on the weather forecast. The winds tend to get up in the afternoon so an early start on Thursday should deliver an advantage to players on that side of the draw. This week is going to be about two things iron play and putting. Good exponents around the greens should flourish.

AT&T Byron Nelson
TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas, USA
Live on Sky Sports Golf – Red Button from 12.45pm on Thursday

Blue Horseshoe Loves:

Matt Wallace – currently at ? with

This price is just wrong. Wallace has been in a little slump of late, but he started very well at the Wells Fargo with a three under first round to be right in contention out of the gates. Unfortunately, the torrential rain rather undid him in his second round, however those were fairly freakish conditions in which most struggled, so I’m not going to hold that against him. This course is not overly long or hard. Wallace has two strong points to his game; short iron play and putting. I think he could thrive here at a huge price. P.S. I’m also all over him for Top Englishman at 10/1.

KH Lee – currently at ? with

Lee was imperious here last year, winning by four shots. While the opposition is several notches higher this year, I think he’ll give a stout defence of his title at a course he clearly enjoys. He has also been trending well by putting in some solid performances of late including last week, where he finished in a tie for 25th at a ferociously difficult TPC Potomac. Lee knows how to get it done at Craig Ranch and that will stand him in good stead.

Tom Hoge – currently at ? with

Hoge is another player who will appreciate not having to bomb it off the tee. Hoge is not overly long but he is an excellent ball striker and if he gets into good position on the fairway he will be able to fire some darts at the pins. I like this kid. I think he’s class. He reminds me a young Raymond Floyd.

Sahith Theegala – currently at ? with

With no great challenge to get it to the green at Craig Ranch, a good deal of pundits are saying that this tournament could well develop into a putting contest. If there was one guy at a price who I think is an underrated putter then its Theegala. Not only can he shift it out there off the tees, but his touch on the greens is superb. This fairly benign layout could be just the venue for Sahith Theegala to get that first win after going so close in Phoenix earlier in the year.

EW Terms 1/5, 8 places

BACK Matt Wallace 0.5pt each/way at 300/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK KH LEE 0.5pt each/way at 66/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Tom Hoge 0.5pt each/way at 70/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Sahith Theegala 0.5pt each/way at 90/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)