TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas will make its PGA TOUR debut on Friday (AEDT) as the host of the time-honoured AT&T Byron Nelson.
Several of the world’s top golfers will be in attendance with the PGA Championship only a week away, and it is no surprise to find the usual suspects like Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama towards the top of the market.
Three Aussies have also won this event with Adam Scott achieving success in 2008, Jason Day in 2010 and Steven Bowditch in 2015.
For our best bets ahead of tee-off, be sure to read our 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson Preview below!
AT&T Byron Nelson Best Bet
Scottie Scheffler – $17.00
Most of these guys are unfamiliar with TPC Craig Ranch, so you have to think scoring should be relatively low this week.
Backing a guy that can consistently strike the ball with the irons and also find the greens is a must, but I also think putting is paramount with some wild weather expected over the final couple of days.
Scottie Scheffler currently ranks 14th on TOUR in birdie average, while he’s also sitting just outside the Top 10 in ball striking coming off a T29 last week at the Valspar Championship.
He’s made the cut in each of his last five events and also played this course when he was 17.
As a Texas native, this is basically Scheffler’s home tournament, so I expect big things from his this week.
Marc Leishman – $29.00
I fancy something small on Leish this week coming off a T5 at Augusta and a win alongside Cameron Smith at the Zurich three weeks ago.
Unlike most guys on TOUR, he’s one of the few that is capable of handling windy conditions, while he’s also saved some of his best golf for Texas throughout his career.
Lastly, Leishman also played this course back in 2008, so he might just have a slight experience edge over his opponents.
AT&T Byron Nelson Best Value
Will Zalatoris – $26.00
Again, another Texan that looks way over the odds if you ask me.
Zalatoris missed the cut for the first time since October two weeks ago at Quail Hollow, but if anyone is worthy of a mulligan, it’s the 24-year-old.
As far as stats go, Zalatoris ranks 32nd in ball-striking and 26th in Greens in Regulation, so everything suggests he should perform well in his first look at TPC Craig Ranch.
AT&T Byron Nelson Best Roughie
Charl Schwartzel – $51.00
It’s been an up and down year for the South African, but this is probably the time to jump on while he’s still at long odds.
After finishing T26 at the Masters, Schwartzel has gone on to finish T21 at the Valspar, before a strong T14 at Quail Hollow last week.
The putter has let him down at times this year, but it’s typically been the strongest part of his game.
If he can clean things up on the greens, he rates as a decent knockout chance.
Luke List – $51.00
Big watch on Luke List this week after finishing T6 at Quail Hollow last weekend.
The American has largely been a footnote for most of this year, but if he can strike a hot putter like he did last week and also find the same distance off the tee, he’s in with a chance.
Most importantly though, List actually finished T13 on this course on the Korn Ferry Tour back in 2012, so there’s a bit to like about him at these odds.