The door is open for players such as Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Aaron Wise, and Hideki Matsuyama to add to their resumes. The AT&T Byron Nelson is the last event before the PGA Championship and the field has been set. Some star power will be lacking as the event shares the weekend with the British Masters which will draw some of the stars that play on the PGA and European Tour away.

And, several names such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and others are taking a week of rest prior to the Championship. That’s what makes the Byron Nelson an opportunity for multiple players such as the ones listed above. Koepka comes in as the favored player at +650 with Matsuyama at +1400 and Spieth at +1600. From there the field is loaded with possible winners. Here’s the top-five favored players to win outright according to intertops.

Brooks Koepka +650

Hideki Matsuyama +1400

Jordan Spieth +1600

Aaron Wise +2200

Henrik Stenson +2200

Aaron Wise Set to Defend

Aaron Wise blistered the field in 2018 as he marched to his first Byron Nelson win by carding a 261 overall while going 21 under. Marc Leishman was the only player close to Wise on Sunday finishing three strokes behind. Of past winners, there’s only three of the last ten entered in the field. Wise being the defending champion followed by Brendon Todd who won the Nelson in 2014 and Rory Sabbatini who took the win in 2009.

2018 Aaron Wise +2200

2017 Billy Horschel Not in field

2016 Sergio García Not in field

2015 Steven Bowditch Not in field

2014 Brendon Todd +20000

2013 Bae Sang-moon Not in field

2012 Jason Dufner Not in field

2011 Keegan Bradley Not in field

2010 Jason Day Not in field

2009 Rory Sabbatini +4000



Open Spaces, Distance, Bunkers in Texas

The Byron Nelson is played on the Trinity Forest Golf Club outside of Dallas Texas and the course is known for targeted play, distance, and a lack of trees… despite the word “forest” in the name. It’s Jordan Speith’s home course and he could put everything together for the win this weekend. The event moved to Trinity Forest last season where Wise dominated. That could happen again due to his familiarity to the venue but his numbers don’t show that he’ll get past Speith this weekend.

Wise has not won on the Tour since the Byron Nelson last season and he’s missed four cuts with a driving percentage that’s taken a hit. A weak driver is not something a player wants to deal with at Trinity Forest.

On the other hand, Koepka is coming into the Byron Nelson with strong play and a driver that has been finding fairways. Koepka could add to an impressive 2019 where he’s nailed down one win at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges and carded two T2 finishes one of which was at the Masters. His unfavorable is that he’s had a few tournaments where he’s been buried deep in the field and has missed one cut this season. He’s not been able to string together consistent play through several tournaments.

Players to watch at the end could include Rafael Cabrera Bello, +4500, and Hideki Matsuyama as mentioned above. Bello has been playing strong golf as of late and he has a powerful driver that’s been hitting fairways backed by his solid use of irons. He has finished T2 twice this year and has come in at T25 or below in six of his nine PGA Tour events this season. He’s also jumped to No. 31 on the Official World Golf Rankings list. The Spanish player could score his first professional stateside win this weekend.

Hideki Matsuyama has five PGA Tour wins in his career and has been close to getting his sixth this year. He has a T3 and several tournaments coming in under T15. His outing at the Masters was a bit iffy during the final rounds but he has ranged on the OWGR list in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s all season long. Matsuyama driver and great play around the greens – which are massive at Trinity Forest – may put him into the mix on Sunday.

Complete odds to win the 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson Outright

Brooks Koepka +650

Hideki Matsuyama +1400

Jordan Spieth +1600

Aaron Wise +2200

Henrik Stenson +2200

Branden Grace +2800

Patrick Reed +2800

Marc Leishman +2800

Keith Mitchell +3300

Sungjae Im +3300

Kevin Na +4000

Rory Sabbatini +4000

Charles Howell III +4500

Ryan Moore +4500

Rafael Cabrera Bello +4500

Thorbjorn Olesen +5000

Thomas Pieters +5000

Lucas Bjerregaard +5000

Brandt Snedeker +5000

Scott Piercy +5000

Alex Noren +5500

Scottie Scheffler +5500

Ryan Palmer +6000

Pat Perez +6600

Seamus Power +6600

Russell Knox +6600

Abraham Ancer +7500

Justin Harding +7500

C T Pan +7500

JJ Spaun +8000

Daniel Berger +8000

Trey Mullinax +8000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +8000

Jimmy Walker +8000

Nick Watney +8000

Kevin Tway +8000

Dylan Frittelli +8000

Max Homa +8000

Brian Stuard +8000

Bud Cauley +8000

Ollie Schniederjans +10000

JT Poston +10000

Brian Harman +10000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat +10000

Andrew Landry +10000

Aaron Baddeley +10000

Matt Jones +10000

Brian Gay +10000

Sam Burns +10000

Michael Thompson +10000

Scott Stallings +10000

Austin Cook +10000

Beau Hossler +12500

Denny McCarthy +12500

Martin Laird +12500

Russell Henley +12500

Wyndham Clark +12500

Nick Taylor +12500

Sunghoon Kang +12500

Luke Donald +12500

Peter Malnati +12500

Adam Schenk +12500

Shawn Stefani +12500

Bill Haas +12500

Troy Merritt +12500

Vaughn Taylor +15000

Roberto Castro +15000

Kramer Hickok +15000

Ryan Blaum +15000

Hank Lebioda +15000

Mackenzie Hughes +17500

Curtis Luck +17500

Matt Every +17500

Robert Streb +17500

Cameron Tringale +20000

Peter Uihlein +20000

Harris English +20000

Chris Stroud +20000

Anirban Lahiri +20000

David Lingmerth +20000

Johnson Wagner +20000

Padraig Harrington +20000

Doug Ghim +20000

Brendon Todd +20000

Fabian Gomez +20000

Jim Knous +20000

David Hearn +20000

Cody Gribble +20000

Alex Prugh +20000

Kelly Kraft +20000

D J Trahan +25000

Jonas Blixt +25000

Sam Saunders +25000

Jonathan Byrd +25000

Julian Etulain +25000

Tyrone Van Aswegen +25000

Hudson Swafford +25000

Ben Crane +25000

Carlos Ortiz +25000

Ernie Els +25000

Nate Lashley +25000

Sebastian Munoz +25000

Cameron Davis +25000

Dominic Bozzelli +25000

Brandon Harkins +25000

Adam Svensson +25000

Roberto Diaz +25000

Tony Romo +100000

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