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It’s the AT&T BYRON NELSON in Texas where the players get a final chance to find their game, or keep their form for next week’s US PGA Championship.

Prize money: $9.1m ($1.458m to the winner)

Field size: 156

Highest-ranked OWGR players: Scheffler (1), Thomas (8), Spieth (9), Burns (10), Johnson (11), Schauffele (12), Matsuyama (13), Koepka (16), Niemann (17), Zalatoris (28).

2021 Result:

-25 Kyoung Hoon Lee (175/1)
-22 Sam Burns (33/1)
-21 Patton Kizzire (150/1)
-21 Daniel Berger (20/1)
-21 Charl Schwartzel (66/1)

Byron Nelson: The Course

Once again this year the players return to TPC Craig Ranch, a Tom Wieskopf designed course located to the north of Dallas. Opened in 2004 the facility has staged Nationwide/Korn Ferry Tour events, but last year was the first time it had staged a full PGA Tour contest. It’s a par 72 laid out over 7,468 yards and punctuated by Rowlett Creek which weaves in and out of the 18 holes.

72-Hole Record 263, Kyoung Hoon Lee (2021).

18-Hole Record 62, Sam Burns (2021).

Byron Nelson: The Weather

A dry week is forecast with a daily precipitation forecast of 10%-0%-10%-0% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will reach the mid 80’s, with minimal cloud cover during the week. Winds will be light, with maximum wind speeds reaching just 12-14mph.

Byron Nelson: Value bets

These are two value bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

Sam Burns (each way): $19 with TopSport

Burns come out top of my personal ratings this week, and in what is a competitive top-end of the market, he’s the only one I’m prepared to back this week. To further his claims, Burns was 2nd here 12 months ago, when he arguably should have won, and his form this year has been excellent with a recent 2nd in the Zurich Classic coming after a MC at the Masters which, in turn, was preceded by a win in Valspar. Now with three wins since the start of 2021, Burns is a genuine elite performer and should come into this week with bags of confidence. 20/1 is a very fair price IMO.”

Aaron Wise (each way): $44 with TopSport

The 25-year-old hails from Cape Town, but plays under the US flag. A rock-solid performer from tee-to-green, I believe if he putts well this week, Wise could make some big waves in Texas. He was in great scoring form last time out in Mexico (rounds of 65-75-66-64) undermined by that poor R2 – but Wise still finished 6th at Vidanta Vallarta. He has won this tournament before, his sole PGA Tour success, and although at a different course he will still arrive here with plenty of positive vibes. I think 45/1 represents a price worth taking about this improving youngster.

The Golf Insider is a GUN. Look at these winners, all since the start of 2020...

Martin Laird $201, Rasmus Hojgaard $151, Mark Hubbard $126, Marc Warren $101, Sam Burns $67, Tyrell Hatton $51, Peter Malnati $46, John Catlin $46, Talor Gooch $41, Harold Varner $36, Harris English $34, Robert Macintyre $31, Adri Arnaus $26, Connor Syme $26, Scott Jamieson $24, JB Holmes $21, Seamus Power $21, Dustin Johnson $21

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