Last week’s Players Championship once again proved why it is the most popular regular season event on the PGA Tour. We had a thrilling four days play at a world class venue and, happily, there’s another hugely popular event starting on Thursday in the form of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
This is a tournament with an amazing pedigree having been first won by Byron Nelson way back in 1944 when it was known as the Texas Victory Open. Over the years the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods have triumphed at the Byron Nelson Championship and Sergio Garcia is the defending champion.
Garcia is back to defend his title and he’s far from the only big name in the field. Six of the world’s top 20 players are in attendance so it’s going to take a brilliant performance to claim the almost $1.5 million prize on offer to the winner.
While the Byron Nelson remains a very popular event, the same cannot be said of the host venue, TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas Golf Course. The 7,166 yard, par 70 layout regularly comes out last when players are asked to rank the venues used on the PGA Tour and the tournament is heading for pastures new starting next year. For now though, the players know that a fair amount of power off the tee is required while outscoring the field on the par fours has proven to be vital to success at TPC Four Seasons over the years.
Kuchar Well Set to Overcome Unpopular TPC Four Seasons
The unpopularity of TPC Four Seasons means that players who have consistently performed well at the venue could be worth your support. Matt Kuchar perhaps sits top of that list. The popular American has played in nine of the last 10 renewals of the Byron Nelson without missing a cut. He’s also finished inside the top 10 three times including a third placed finish last season.
Kuchar ranked first when it came to scoring on the par fours in last year’s Byron Nelson and, although he’s been a little hit and miss so far this season, he’s never been too far away from his best stuff and this could be the perfect week for him to return to winning ways at 40/1 with BetVictor.
Hoffman Trending Towards Success
There is a long tradition of Texans doing well in the Lone Star State but there is something different going on with California born Charley Hoffman. The 40-year-old has had some big results in Texas and could be about to secure another one at the Byron Nelson.
Hoffman has finished now worse than 12th in his last three starts at this event and his form so far this season suggests that a win is not very far away. He finished fourth at the Genesis Open, second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and was the first round leader at the Masters before fading in the latter stages. That combination of suitability with the course and quality recent form makes Hoffman stand out at odds of 40/1 with Betfred.