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The PGA Tour wraps up its Texas Swing Part Deux this week in Dallas with the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. TPC Four Seasons hosts a pretty solid field, with Jordan Spieth leading the way. Jimmy Walker is in the field, too, along with past champion Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.
We had your back with Chris Kirk last week, so we’re getting on a roll again here. We go for three in a row this week.
1. Jordan Spieth — Not sure how this is a discussion. Co-runner-up last week with a flurry of a finish. Really, it was one bad, strange hole at Colonial that cost him the title. Was in contention here as a teenage amateur.
2. Dustin Johnson — Johnson has cooled off since coming hot out of the gate from his six months away from the PGA Tour. However, a T-7 here last year in a nice indicator, and he’s been in the top seven in three of his last four Nelson starts dating back to 2010.
3. Jason Day — Day wasn’t in the field here last year because of injury, but he’s cashed in four Nelson starts, including a breakthrough win in 2010. He’s been in a bit of a rut compared to his pace toward the end of last year, but good overall.
4. Justin Thomas — Thomas is going to figure this out sooner than later. He’s been in the top 12 in three of his last four PGA Tour starts. He’s great through three rounds, then just can’t get over the hump on Sunday. That’ll take a little experience, which he’s gaining.
5. Marc Leishman — The Aussie has cashed in his last four starts and his life has likely settled down some after his wife’s health scare. Has a very nice Nelson record: made five of six cuts and hasn’t finished outside of the top 12 when he makes a check.
6. Gary Woodland — Woodland has enjoyed a nice run of late, getting to the WGC Match Play final and finishing (a distant) T-4 at Quail Hollow. He was T-7 here last year.
7. Charl Schwartzel — The 2011 Masters champion is making money on the PGA Tour, but not spectacularly. He missed the cut at Quail Hollow, but he’s been in the top 11 in two Nelson starts.
8. Matt Kuchar — We haven’t seen Kuchar since a Players MC, but he’s been largely solid — if slightly less than we expect — this year. Seven for seven here with three top-15 finishes in his last four starts.
9. Jimmy Walker — Most weeks, Walker would be higher on this list, but he’s shown an inability to really stand out at TPC Four Seasons. He’s made the cut in eight of 10 Nelson starts, but finished inside the top 25 just once.
10. Ryan Palmer — Palmer had been on a nice little run and was expected to do some good things at Colonial, but didn’t. He’s made his last four Nelson cuts and was runner-up to Keegan Bradley in 2011.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Matt Kuchar — $9,500
2. Justin Thomas — $9,200
3. Marc Leishman — $8,800
4. Charl Schwartzel — $8,500
5. Brian Harman — $7,000
6. Jason Dufner — $6,900