AT&T Byron Nelson Preview
After Max Homa secured his second title of the season at the Wells Fargo Championship, the PGA Tour moves back to Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson.
World number 1 Scottie Scheffler returns to the tour following a two-week hiatus, and Justin Thomas will also be present – remarkably looking for his maiden win of the season.
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The AT&T Byron Nelson is typically a well-attended event on the PGA Tour, attracting prominent players.
Last year Lee Kyoung-hoon recorded his inaugural victory on tour after a three-stroke victory against Sam Burns, who occupied second.
The field contained notable players such as Ryder Cupper Daniel Berger, Jordan Spieth, Will Zalatoris, Lee Westwood, Jon Rahm and Hideki Matsuyama.
Lee had opened with consecutive 65s before supporting his promising start with a 67 and subsequent 66.
He was fantastic across all four days and finished comfortably ahead of Burns, who endured a marvelous season of his own.
The AT&T Byron Nelson will be contested at TPC Craig Ranch, and this is only the second time it has featured on tour following its debut in 2021.
The venue had previously acted as the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament and even hosted Korn Ferry Tour events.
It boasts a par of 72 and measures 7,468 yards, which is understandably long without being outrageously lengthy.
Tom Weiskopf was the name responsible for the unique design, and it opened for play in 2004.
We also implore you to get used to its set-up and characteristics, as TPC Craig Ranch will play host to this tournament for the next four installments.
Scheffler will be returning to the PGA Tour with the utmost of confidence, having experienced what is likely to be the greatest three months of his life.
As we entered the new year back in January, Scheffler would have been hoping that this would be the season he could record his maiden PGA Tour win.
Not even he could have envisioned what actually played out, winning at the Phoenix Open before capturing the Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and The Masters.
You may think that he has peaked for the season, but with Southern Hills’ PGA Championship around the corner – which is incidentally his favorite course – don’t look past back-to-back major championships.
Jordan Spieth will also return to the tour after a brief spell of reprieve, fresh off the back of his unlikely RBC Heritage victory.
The Texan looked certain to have blown his slim chance when he missed a short putt on the 54th hole of his tournament.
He displayed his relentless belief during the final round however, as he secured his first victory since the 2020 Texas Open.
There will also be two iconic figures teeing it up since The Masters, and that’s Brooks Koepka and Matsuyama.
Koepka would have been severely disappointed with missing the cut at Augusta, especially with his recent absence from the winner’s circle in major championships.
The American endured a riveting period of form which culminated in the capture of two U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships from 2017-2019.
Last year, he finished in the top ten of three majors – including a T2 position at the PGA Championship – but he did miss the cut at Augusta.
Matsuyama will have been feeling disheartened by his unsuccessful defense, especially after making such a strong start.
He has already won on multiple occasions this year on tour, and he’ll have that to lean on if he finds himself in contention again come Sunday.
With a relatively strong field, there are multiple contenders for this year’s championship – although a consistent performance with the driver could be the difference.
Who do you think will win this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson?