2017 AT&T Byron Nelson Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following a true bizarro world leaderboard last week at the PLAYERS Championship, the PGA Tour heads back to the Lone Star state for this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson. 

The host course for one more year is TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas, which annually plays as one of the toughest par 70s on Tour, always hovering around the .5 to 1 stroke over par range.  Next year, the tourney will move to the new Trinity Forest Golf Club, a designed by the famed Crenshaw/Coore duo.

My picks last week at the PLAYERS Championship were not so hot, but the whole tourney was a page from the weird as Si Woo Kim won, Ian Poulter actually played well and no big names contended.  Two of my three picks did make the cut (Kisner, Kaymer), but both struggled on the weekend; however, I did spot on nail my BUST pick of the week on previously red hot Jon Rahm, as he imploded on Saturday and failed to secure a Sunday tee time with his MDF finish.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Kaymer t-69th)

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth
– Looking purely at his end finish results and you might think that Spieth has struggled here.  But, don’t forget that Jordan was the man to beat heading into Sunday here last year, after opening rounds of 64-65-67, before imploding to a Sunday 75 for a t-18th finish.  Don’t think for a second that collapse sat easy with him for the past 12 months.  He’s the local boy, a crowd favorite and is seeking revenge here in the tourney’s last go round at this venue.  I couldn’t care less about his missed cut at the PLAYERS last week.  Don’t even bother thinking twice about it.  Go all in on Spieth this week and thank me later.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Kisner t-56th)

Tony Finau
Tony Finau
– Another case where you need to simply toss out the results of last week at the PLAYERS and simply rest assured that he’s back in his comfort zone and ready to produce.  T-10th and t-12th in his two appearances here and finished t-3rd at the last PGA Tour event in Texas (Valero Texas Open).

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Rahm MDF)

Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
– As God is my witness, I was watching the final hole of the PLAYERS Championship on Sunday, cringing at Ian standing over his 6-iron second shot from the rough and to myself yelled “shank!” in my head prior to him taking the club back. Not only did I want him to hosel-rocket one into the trees, but I simply felt it coming.  Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.  Luckily for Ian, he pulled a SW fourth shot from straight between his cheeks and scraped out a bogey, finishing t-2nd and securing his PGA Tour card.  Not only would I have faded him anyway this week because he’s a 9 handicap ball-striker and doesn’t have the length to compete at TPC Four Seasons, but now he’s in letdown mode after a big paycheck last week.  BUST ALERT!

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Leishman MC)

Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
– The Canuck had notched three straight top 25s here, including a t-10th in 2013 and a t-7th in 2014, before missing the cut last year after opening 74-65.  I have a feeling that last year’s MC and also last week’s weekend off will keep many people from noticing him this week, but don’t forget that he has three top 10s already this calendar year and should enter this week with confidence.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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