The AT&T Byron Nelson returns to the PGA TOUR schedule after being canceled last year due to the ongoing pandemic. Navigating Byron Nelson odds this week will require a new challenge, as the tournament will be played at a new home in McKinney, Texas just North of Dallas. TPC Craig Ranch will host, and fans will be allowed to attend with up to 25% capacity, or approximately 8,000 fans.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has withdrawn with a knee injury, but No. 3 Jon Rahm and No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau lead the field along with 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. Returning for his second event since knee surgery in March is Brooks Koepka, who adds star power to the field with nine of the top-25 players in the world rankings shooting for birdies at Byron Nelson’s event.
AT&T Byron Nelson Odds 2021
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Notable Players in the Field
Hideki Matsuyama will return for his first event since winning The Masters. Another top finish in Texas, and and he can join four other top-10 players in the world rankings in Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.
Dallas native Jordan Spieth also plays for the first time since finishing T3 at the Masters, where he was the most popular bet at Augusta.
Top players in the field include: World Golf Ranking (OWGR)
- Jon Rahm (3)
- Bryson DeChambeau (5)
- Brooks Koepka (10)
- Hideki Matsuyam (14)
- Daniel Berger (16)
- Matthew Fitzpatrick (17)
- Scottie Scheffler (21)
- Harris English (23)
- Will Zalatoris (28)
- Ryan Palmer (29)
- Jordan Spieth (31)
- Marc Leishman (38)
- Sergio Garcia (47)
- Matt Kuchar (49)
- Si Woo Kim (50)
Also in the field are Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, who has fallen to No. 116 in the world rankings. Keith Mitchell will play, and at No. 249 in the world, he led the Wells Fargo Championship into the final round. Sam Burns will play, and he’s cracked top-50 in the world rankings for the first time since winning the Valspar Championship to start the month of May. The 2019 Byron Nelson champion Sung Kang is currently No. 156 in the world after reaching No. 52 a year ago.
AT&T Byron Nelson Winners and Runner-ups
- 2019 – Sung Kang (-23), Matt Every, Scott Piercy (Trinity Forest GC)
- 2018 – Aaron Wise (-23), Marc Leishman (Trinity Forest)
- 2017 – Billy Horschel (-12), Jason Day (TPC Las Colinas)
- 2016 – Sergio Garcia (-9), Brooks Koepka (TPC Four Seasons)
* The 2016 and 2017 events were won in a sudden death playoff
COURSE AND TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
- Course: TPC Craig Ranch
- Location: McKinney, Texas
- Date: May 13-16
- Par: 72 / Yardage 7,468
- Purse: $8.1 Million / Winner $1.42 M
- Fairways: Zoysiagrass
- Rough: Bermudagrass
- Greens: : Bentgrass
- TV/Online: Golf Channel, CBS (Sat/Sun), PGA Tour Live
- Twitter & Hashtag: @attbyronnelson
- Defending Champion: Sung Kang (2019)
Designed by former PGA TOUR player and architect Tom Weiskopf, TPC Craig Ranch opened for play in 2004 and hosted the Nationwide Tour Championship in 2008 and Web.com Tour Championship in 2012, when the winning score was 16-under par. Current PGA TOUR pros James Hahn (2nd), Adam Hadwin (T3), Russell Henley (T6) and Luke List (T13) all competed in the 2012 tournament, but only Hahn plays this week.
TPC Craig Ranch features gently rolling hills and mature woods surrounding the limestone banks of Rowlett Creek, which crosses the course 14 times. The golf course has lush Zoysia fairways and Bentgrass greens.
Next week it’s the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Golfers to Watch
A solid field is set to tee it up at TPC Craig Ranch for the AT&T Byron Nelson a week before the PGA Championship. Beyond the favorites like Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, there are other golfers to watch and wager on to win and finish among the leaders.
Look down the odds board, and you’ll see some players at attractive prices that could cash in with proven profiles. Think outside the box in your Golfers to Watch, knowing we cashed in with Sam Burns as a 100/1 winner at the Valspar Championship, and last week Joel Dahmen and Cameron Davis cashed top-20 and top-30 for +225 or better returns.
Here are four golfers outside of the leading favorites to consider for your fairway foursome to win or for a top finishing position at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Referenced stats taken from Fantasy National database.
Matthew Fitzpatrick ()
Fitzpatrick is a fit this week based on his exceptional Putting and Short Game stats which rank No. 2 in this field over his last 36 rounds. He’s not as strong on Bentgrass greens, but add in top-15 ranking in SG: Tee-to-Green, Off-the-Tee and Ball Striking, and the 26-year-old Englishman can clearly challenge for his first PGA TOUR win. Lone concern is driving length this week, but his accuracy and potential added wind over the weekend only adds to his strength and positive profile. Fitzpatrick’s ability to score is shown in his four top-10 finishes plus a T11 in his last seven PGA Tour starts since February.
Thomas Pieters ()
Pieters splits his time between the PGA TOUR and European Tour, but the 6-foot-5 Belgium is a big hitter with rock solid Strokes Gained stats ranking top-10 in Tee-to-Green, Ball Striking and Approach over his last 36 rounds on the PGA TOUR. His weakness is Putting and Short Game, yet his worst finish in four PGA TOUR events since last September is T23 at the U.S. Open. He’s playing this week in preparation for next week’s PGA Championship, but Pieters is a clear contender and top talent who has finished top-15 in his last four starts between the two Tours.
Doug Ghim ()
Ghim’s game is on the rise, and the All-American from the University of Texas has improved as his iron play has been firing well for a few months. His putting has held him back, but Ghim still has seven top-25 finishes this season and contended at THE PLAYERS Championship before struggling on Sunday. Over his last 36 rounds, Ghim ranks top-11 in this field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, Ball Striking and Approach (No. 3). He’s also top-20 on TOUR this season in Greens in Regulation. Ghim is a former No. 1 ranked amatuer player, and he went through Q-School on this course in 2018 and shot 16-under par.
Patton Kizzire ()
Kizzire is a two-time PGA TOUR winner and will enjoy the wider and more forgiving fairways at TPC Craig Ranch. His struggles have come from off the tee, but he finished top-10 at the Valero Texas Open and has been playing well enough recently with top-25 ranking over his last 36 rounds in SG: Putting and Approach. Kizzire has posted scores in the 60’s in 40% of his rounds this year, which is among the tops on the TOUR. Those stats should carry him to more birdies, which will be required to go low and contend.