It’s the final PGA Tour event with the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas before most of these players head to Kiawah Island for next weeks Major, The PGA Championship.
The 156 field will be competing on this par 72 creeky parkland track for the $8.1M prize money with the winner collecting a cool $1.42M.
Some good news before I continue, 10,000 spectators will be in attendance each day, a sign that things are improving and slowly but surely we are returning to some sort of normality .
The weather is forecast to be nice and sunny for the spectators to bask in with winds expected to pick up over the weekend.
This event will be screened on Sky Sports Golf with live coverage starting with selected groups at 6.30pm GMT on Thursday then live tournament coverage at 8.30pm GMT.
Before I move on with this weeks selections, I just want to say congratulations to Rory McIlroy winning the Wells Fargo Championship last week. It’s Rory's first victory in over 18 months and his first since becoming a father, well done Dad, I’m sure that one was for the wee yin.
You all know I’m a big fan of the talented 32 year old Irishman and to make it even better I tipped Rory as my main selection last week in my preview at a not to shabby 20/1. I also had him as my NAP to beat Webb Simpson which obviously would have also won but Simpson pulled out with an injury.
My next selection was Viktor Hovland also at 20/1 Each Way and the young Norwegian didn’t disappoint either with a 3rd place finish to the delight of each way punters who collected some tidy place money.
It actually doesn’t stop there either, over on the European Tour my main selection also prevailed. Garrick Higgo won the Canary Islands Championship in impressive style at a recommended 16/1 while the NAP also landed after only 36 holes when Kalle Samooja seen of Adrian Meronk with ease in the 72 hole matchbet.
It’s been the case of another week another winner recently with my selections but let’s not get too high and mighty, let’s keep it real . I’ll always continue to strive and do my best to help out this special and amazing community at MFT but as I’ve mentioned before, golf is one of the hardest sports to pick out winners, you're basically up against around about another 150 players every time. What I can guarantee is I’ll keep on researching and studying whilst keeping track of the players on my radar but please don’t expect me to pick 150/1 winners like Stewart Cink every week who I tipped at RBC Heritage or transatlantic doubles like last weekend.
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What I would like to mention is that it’s overwhelming and gives me so much satisfaction to be able to help anyone and also to receive all the kind messages and DMs from everyone thanking me for my efforts as they withdraw from their online betting account or make their way to the nearest bookies to collect. It’s what makes it all the more fulfilling and worthwhile.
A massive thank you to everyone who sent me a kind message and well done to everyone who followed my selections and emptied those bookies satchels yet again last weekend.
Bryson De Chambeau
Right let’s move on with some selections for this week shall we? For my main selection at Byron Nelson I’m kind of swithering between two golfers. I’m going to stick with my gut feeling here as I just think the Hulk of golf will rip this course up for fun and for that reason, yes you’ve guessed it, it’s the one and only powerhouse that is, Bryson De Chambeau 10/1 EW Betfair.
Sorry for sounding like a boxing MC announcer there but this guy deserves the build up, as if he’s not already built up enough. I had to laugh last week when Bryson jumped back to Dallas on a plane thinking he had missed the cut. He said he was on his way back home to the gym to do a workout believe it or not only to be informed that in fact he had actually made the cut by one shot.
He had to quickly organise a flight back to Charlotte to prepare for the weekend and continue in the tournament – absolute quality!
After being so far behind he actually went on to have an impressive weekend and finished 9th believe it or not. That’s not too bad for a guy who thought he’d missed the cut, is it?
Bryson’s always on my radar but some tournaments suit him and some dont, it’s as simple as that. This track will almost certainly suit his style and he can let rip knowing some wayward power drives won’t get him into to much bother. It’s like a licence to hit it as hard and as far as he can.
Currently ranked 4th in the world rankings, the still young 27 year old American will be looking for a strong performance before The PGA Championship next week.
Since winning the US Open he has had five Top 10 finishes with one of those being yet another victory on the PGA Tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. With seven wins on the PGA Tour and a major to his name it will be no surprise to see Bryson streak away once again and be the one they all have to catch over the next few days.
For my next selection I’m going to advise the other player I was juggling with, Jordan Speith 14/1 EW Betfair.
I’ve just been so impressed with the young 27 year old American and the way he has come back from absolutely nowhere – he was to good not to.
He’s back to inside the worlds Top 30, currently 28th, but that will get better for sure in the coming months the way he’s playing.
In his last eight tournaments, check this out, Jordan has finished inside the Top 5 on no less than five occasions with another Top 10 finish and a Top 15 finish. One of those finishes was a much needed and well deserved victory at the ValeroTexas Open.
He finished T3rd last time out at The Masters, playing some stunning golf and has since had a month lay off since Augusta. I just feel that in that month away he’s been practicing and improving and having already bounced back on the scene in impressive style, he’s here to stay with lots of upcoming victories, the Jordan of old.
It sounds funny saying that as he’s only 27 years of age. This kid is a talent like no other when on his game and with three majors already to his name and far too many victories on the PGA tour to mention, it would be no surprise to see Jordan Speith triumph in his homeland Texas once again.
For my next pick I’m going to single out Scottie Scheffler 20/1 Bet365. A native to these parts, Scheffler is still on the hunt for that elusive PGA maiden breakthrough title but it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.
Craig Ranch will more than suit the young 24 year old's style of play and where better to make that breakthrough than on home turf?
Currently ranked 22nd in the world, Scheffler is just simply a model of consistency. He was 4th at last year's PGA Championship and with that only a week away, he’ll be looking to find a groove.
He has been knocking on the door and was 2nd at the WGC Dell Matchplay just a few weeks back. Since then he finished a very respectable 18th at The Masters and I just feel that with the fans back in good numbers this week and a home support at that then this can spur Scheffler on to that well deserved maiden title.
He’ll be a fans favourite this week to do just that and it’s a very likey possibility.
Matthew Fitzpatrick v Hideki Matsuyama
For my final selection I’m going for the customary 72 hole matchbet and I’m going for Matthew Fitzpatrick to get the better of Hideki Matsuyama. The recent Major champ hasn’t been seen since winning The Masters more than a month ago while Fitzy has been competing recently and faring not to badly.