We move on after a tough week at The PLAYERS. Once again we were teased with players being all around the lead and came up just short. Tiger Woods claimed his 4th victory of 2013 in a very entertaining golf tournament. Despite another close call, we will continue to work towards our 8th straight winning season here.
The Tour is in Texas this week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Jsson Dufner managed his way around TPC Four Seasons better than anyone last year, winning by one stroke over Dicky Pride and capturing his 2nd 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 had some of the most difficult 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 only four players who have already won on Tour this year. The event will also feature eight people who have won this tournament previously. To help you gain a better understanding of what it might take for someone to win this week, let’s view some of these past champions (Jason Dufner 2012) (Keegan Bradley 2011) (Jason Day 2010) (Rory Sabbatini 2009) (Scott Verplank 2007) (Vijay Singh 2003).
The Young Guns are out in full force this week with a plethora of 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 three years ago when then 16-year-old Jordan Spieth was near the top of the leader board all week, only to finish T16.
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JORDAN SPIETH 35 TO 1 – I think Jordan is on almost every analysts short list this week. He has competed in this tournament twice already and is only 19 years old. In his first start on the PGA Tour he finished T16 here, but could have won the tournament had he not shot a two over par 72 in the final round. It was a great way to burst on the PGA Tour scene for one the most promising young talents. Spieth opened with rounds of 69 and 68 in 2011 here, but once again really struggled on Sunday with a 77 (He finished T32). I know some of you like hearing about my predictions for the future and here is one. Jordan Spieth will play on the United States Ryder Cup team the next time it takes place in the US (Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2016). He has all the talent and will just need to go through some learning experiences on the PGA Tour over the next few seasons. If he is going to pick up his first victory on the big Tour, the HP Byron Nelson seems like the perfect fit. Throngs of fans will be out to see this Dallas, Texas born golfer this week.