Last week David Toms hung on to win after posting a 62-62 36-hole score. It was nice to see such a great guy bounce back after a difficult finish at The Players Championship. Toms is not in the field this week but plenty of the worlds top players are. The Tour is in Texas this week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Jason Day managed his way around TPC Four Seasons better than anyone last year, winning by 2 shots. Lets 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 the golf course is played they way it was designed to be. This course was designed to be a shot makers course.
Players will be forced to be extremely accurate off the tee, something easier said than done. Last year TPC Four Seasons was the 2nd hardest fairways to hit for PGA Professionals. The players 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 many players by itself. 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.
9 of the Top 23 on the PGA Tour Money List will be competing this week in Texas. The event will also feature 7 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 (Jason Day 2010) (Rory Sabbatini 2009) (Scott Verplank 2007) (Sergio Garcia 2004).
The Young Guns are out in full force this week with 43 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 last year when then 16-year-old Jordan Spieth was near the top of the leader board all week, only to finish T16. He will be back in the field this year and looking to make another run at the title.
Steves Six Pack
We are look to begin to build our bankrolls for the US Open which is fast approaching. This six-pack should do just that.
Dustin Johnson -14.5/1 – DJ or Watney are the best golfers in this tournament and we are going with them both. Dustin has to be on the six-pack as he has finished inside the Top 10 at this event in each of the past two years. He also has a freakish ability to drive the ball further than almost everyone, yet has soft hands around the greens. Look for Dustin’s name to once again be near the top of the leader board.
Nick Watney- 15/1 – As previously stated it is either Watney or DJ for who is the best player playing this week. Taking them both is a no-brainer to me. Watney also has the ability to hit the ball a long ways yet finds a way to be accurate with his irons and woods. Look for Nick to continue to play terrific golf and possibly pick up his 2nd win of the season.
Rory Sabbatini -24/1 – A short price to being paying for Rory but a must have. I had pegged him to be priced around 33/1, but he did win here in 2009, which most likely has inflated his value in the eyes of the books. Rory has had a superb golf season to date and is someone who will hit plenty of Greens in Regulation this week. Look for the man in the cowboy style hat to be in one of the last groups come Sunday.
John Senden – 44/1 – We get the Aussie sharp shooter at a very fair price this week. John is one of the most accurate players on Tour and will have an excellent time at TPC Four Seasons. Senden finished 7th at the HP Byron Nelson in 2009, and will most certainly feed of good memories this week
Gary Woodland – 45/1 – Another player looking for his 2nd win of the season, Woodland is someone who may challenge DJ for driving distance this week. The reason I like his game this week is because I know he is extremely accurate (and Long) with his 3 wood. Look for Gary to find plenty of Greens in Regulation based solely upon his ability to hit the ball a long ways and in the fairway.
Jeff Overton – 46/1 – Jeff played well last week but his score was not indicative of his play. We will take another shot with Mr. ‘Boom Baby’ this week. A key for Jeff this week will be to keep his emotions in check. This golf course has the ability to play extremely difficult if the winds pick up even slightly. His tie for 2nd at last year’s event should give him the confidence to play well again though.
Good luck to everyone and enjoy the Golf!