We move on after a tough week at The Players. Once again we could not get that 3rd straight outright victory but we will continue to work towards our 7th straight winning season here.
The Tour is in Texas this week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Bradley managed his way around TPC Four Seasons better than anyone last year, winning in a playoff and capturing his 1st PGA TOUR victory. Let’s take a closer look at this beautiful golf course.
TPC Four Seasons is a 7166 yard Par 70 course that has had work done to it over the past years to help protect the overall design of the course. As we all know technology has made course designers alter the layout of their courses to ensure they are played the way they were designed to be. This course was designed to be a shot maker’s course.
Players will be forced to be extremely accurate off the tee, something easier said than done. Last year TPC Four Seasons was the 6th hardest fairways to hit for PGA Professionals. Golfers who have the ability to hit plenty of Greens in Regulation this week, figure to be atop the leader board.
My favorite hole on TPC Four seasons and one everyone will have to pay attention to is the 3rd. A Par 4 measuring 528 yards will test any player. Throw in a lake that runs all the way down the right hand side and a green that was just re-contoured and you have a very difficult hole. The hole also features a new fairway bunker and is guarded by a bunker on each side of the green. A par at number 3 will be an excellent score for the players this week.
This week we will see 6 players who have already won on Tour this year. The event will also feature 10 people who have won on Tour this year. To help you gain a better understanding of what it might take for someone to win this week, let’s view some of the past champions (Keegan Bradley 2011) (Jason Day 2010) (Rory Sabbatini 2009) (Scott Verplank 2007) (Sergio Garcia 2004).
The Young Guns are out in full force this week with 39 players competing that are younger than 30 years of age. Like most weeks on Tour, there will be a surprise or two near the top of the leader board. It happened two years ago when then 16-year-old Jordan Spieth was near the top of the leader board all week, only to finish T16.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. **Odds are based on 5dimes.com**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
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Below is a sneak peak pick from our 6-Pack System picks this week for the Byron Nelson Championship:
Brian Gay 42 TO 1 – We are going with Mr. Up-and-Down himself this week with the selection of Brian Gay. Gay is currently ranked 3rd on Tour in Scrambling at just a shade under 67%. Brian has always possessed an excellent wedge game but this year his flat stick has been rolling the ball with the best of them. Gay ranks 5th on Tour in Total Putting and 9th on Tour in Strokes Gained through Putting.
Brian has also had previous success at TPC Four Seasons. In 2011 Gay was just a handful of shots off the lead and finished with a T14. In 2010 Gay was the runner up to the champion Jason Day. He has enjoyed success here mostly because the tournament takes place in his home state of Texas. When you analyze the last event played in Texas (Valero Texas Open), Gay finished in a Tie for 4th.
I look for Brain to chase down his 4th career PGA TOUR victory this week in front of plenty of hometown supporters.