Teeing off on Thursday (AEDT), the luscious Trinity Forest Golf Club plays host to the 74th annual AT&T Byron Nelson from Dallas, Texas.
This time honoured event is one of the highlights on the PGA calendar, with Aussies Adam Scott, Jason Day and Steven Bowditch all claiming the prize-money over the last 11-years.
There’s notable talent missing in this year’s field as Brooks Koepka opens as the only single-digit favourite in the market. Even so, this famous par 71 event has holds a cool $7.9 million for the overall winner as well as a spot in the history books alongside Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
With the PGA Championship only a fortnight away, this weekend’s tournament should provide an ideal form guide in the lead up to the second major of the year. As always, we’ve analysed all the top hopefuls in our 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson Preview below.
2019 Byron Nelson Best Bet
Marc Leishman – $26.00
It would be a crying shame if Leishman goes his whole career without winning this event. The Aussie finished second at Trinity Forest last year adding to his impressive resume. It’s been an up and down season as Leishman still hunts his fifth Tour victory, but with five Top 10 finishes, these odds look massive overs.
2019 Byron Nelson Top 20 Finish
Peter Malnati – $4.50
The 31-year-old is still searching for his second win on Tour but looks right on the cusp of a breakthrough. Malnati owns two Top 20 finishes over his last three starts and should enjoy the large greens Trinity Forest has to offer this weekend. Malnati quietly ranks 13th in the PGA’s putting rating and has also enjoyed close to a 90% success rate on putts inside 10ft.
2019 Byron Nelson Field
Brooks Koepka – $7.00
The World No. 3 has made four appearances at this tournament in the past, finishing runner-up in 2016 behind Sergio Garcia. Koepka will have his sights firmly set on defending his PGA Championship crown next week, but he’s a huge winning chance this weekend after skipping last year’s event. The 29-year-old tied for second at Augusta, backing up that performance tieing for 22nd at the Zurich Classic last week. Ranking inside the Top 50 in the PGA’s tee-to-green and approach-the-green ratings should help him tackle the difficult 15th hole at Trinity Forest.
Hideki Matsuyama – $17.00
Don’t let Matsuyama’s back-to-back finishes outside the Top 30 confuse you, the Japanese sensation knows how to put together four strong rounds at Trinity Forest. He finished tied for 16th at this event last year largely due to his brilliance with the putter. So far in 2019 Matsuyama has been a mixed bag, but with one of the more consistent short games on Tour, he’s more than capable of returning to his Player’s form.
Aaron Wise – $21.00
The defending champ returns to Dallas hoping to improve on back-to-back Top 20 finishes. It’s a short turnaround for Wise after attending the Wells Fargo last week, but the good news is he’s been one of the most accurate players off the tee this year. Unfortunately, this tournament calls for some big putts and smart play around the greens – and while that isn’t beyond Wise, the fact he’s nailed only 23% of putts between 10-15ft suggests he could struggle this weekend.
Jordan Spieth – $21.00
Spieth’s results speak for themselves. The American has finished outside the Top 20 in his last four tournaments to slip all the way down to 39th in the world rankings. Spieth finished tied for 21st at Trinity Forest last year with his best performance being a T18 back in 2016.
Keith Mitchell – $26.00
Mitchell burst onto the scene with a thrilling win at The Honda Classic back in March and hasn’t looked back since. He owns two Top 10 finishes since his maiden victory on Tour, including last week’s eighth-place finish at Quail Hollow. The 27-year-old is red hot right now and a popular pick this weekend with the 11th best off-the-tee rating.
Scott Piercy – $41.00
Scott Piercy has quietly been ticking all the boxes this year. He finished tied for 13th at the Zurich Classic last month adding to his list of five Top 20 finishes in 2019.
Kevin Na – $41.00
The Tour veteran has been around the money over the last month finishing inside the Top 10 at both the WCG Match Play and the RBC Heritage. Na has enjoyed an extended break and now looks to improve on his T6 at Trinity Forest last year. His short game around the green should keep him competitive if he can find some consistency with the putter.
Shawn Stefani – $151.00
Coming in fresh from a T13 at Quail Hollow last week, Stefani returns to his home state hoping to make up for his poor performance at the Texas Open. If you fancy a roughie, Stefani’s accuracy with the irons certainly makes him a chance this weekend, though.