2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Webb Simpson’s romp last week at TPC Sawgrass, the PGA Tour treks to the Lone Star state for the AT&T Byron Nelson.  It’s a new venue this week called Trinity Forest Golf Club, designed by the notorious Crenshaw and Coore duo.  It’s a links-style layout built on top of an old landfill, a la Chamber’s Bay and Liberty National.  Course history is out the window this week with nearly everyone in the field, other than Jordan Spieth and a few others who are members.

My picks last week at the PLAYERS Championship were a bit mixed, as I spot on nailed Rickie Fowler to miss the cut as my Hosel-Rocket BUST of the week, but my other picks didn’t fare so well, with the best finish being my Lockzilla Henrik Stenson finishing t-23rd.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Henrik t-23rd)

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
– Spieth and Koooooch finished 1-2 at Royal Birkdale at last year’s British Open and notably Spieth (a member here) compared Trinity forest to the Open track.  Spieth seems like the logical play this week, but I’ll gobble up all of the Kuchar that I can handle as per his usual good form is never too far astray and last week at the PLAYERS he posted 4 sub-par rounds en route to a t-17th.  A top 10 is an absolute Lockzilla this week for Kuch, with podium upside.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Hideki MC)

Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman
– After a stellar 2017 campaign, the Aussie’s form has been a bit spotty thus far in 2018 to say the least; however, he’s showed signs of life lately with a 9th at the Master and a t-7th at Bay Hill.  When it’s wide open and has the potential to be windy, the 34-year-old and his low ball flight elevate to the class of the field.  Love me some Leishman this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Rickie MC)

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia
– On paper, he’s one of the top plays this week as that his talent is supreme over nearly everyone in the field.  But, since becoming a dad earlier this year there’s no question that Sergio’s lackadaisical, spazzy attitude have affected his game.  Finally made the cut last week at Sawgrass following 3 straight cuts coming in, but exploded on the weekend with a 75-76 en route to a 70th place finish.  If he starts caring, he could contend again immediately.  Until then, stay away.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Hadwin t-57th)

Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer
– The streaky Texan finally regained some form last week at the PLAYERS with a t-23rd finish where he closed with 67-69-69 after an opening 74.  Always good in the wind and if the putter cooperates, we could be seeing him in the mix come Sunday afternoon.  Ryan Palmer is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

#isitThursdayyet 

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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