World number two Scottie Scheffler leads the way through the first two rounds of this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson, played at TPC Craig Ranch, this is Scheffler’s home tournament, and he would love nothing better than to warm up for next week’s PGA Championship with a win in front of his home fans. Here the AT&T Byron Nelson Highlights
Despite the presence of Scheffler at the top of the leaderboard, the tournament is still wide open. Looking to chase the former Masters champion down will be the duo of Mackenzie Hughes and Ryan Palmer with both starting the day one stroke behind the Texan.
Winning scores at the Byron Nelson tend to be low with KH Lee winning the last two editions of the tournament with scores of -26 and -25.
This year looks no different and keeping up with the fine recent South Korean tradition, Noh Seung-Yul surged into a first-round lead after shooting a stunning -11, round of 60.
The first man to shoot 60 since Patrick Cantlay achieved the feat at last year’s Shriners Championship, Noh’s impressive opening round consisted of nine birdies and one eagle.
Ranked at 536 in the world, in his second round Noh showed why he has been struggling of late. Unable to back up his stunning first round effort, the South Korean crashed back down to earth posting a disappointing +3, 74.
Noh will start his third round six strokes behind Scottie Scheffler who leads the way courtesy of two successive rounds of 64.
Ominously for the rest of the field the Texan started this week’s tournament posting -6 through his first six holes. Some inconsistent golf would only see him pick up one more shot in round 1, but he kept the errors down during his second round to end the halfway stage of the tournament leading the field by one.
In complete control of every facet of his game, everything looks perfectly placed for Scheffler to win his third title of the year.
With a one stroke lead and entering the week as the highest ranked player in the field, it isn’t a surprise that Scottie Scheffler is already the odds-on favorite for victory.
He has already defended his Phoenix Open title and crushed the field in the Players Championship. Everything looks on track for him to lift his third title of the year and close the gap to Jon Rahm at the top of the world rankings.
Starting as the second favorite is Mackenzie Hughes.
The Canadian has become a fixture on the PGA Tour but has had a mixed 2023. His best effort of the year came in the World Matchplay where he reached the quarterfinals but heading into this week, he had missed the cut in three of his last five tournaments.
By no means a prolific winner, it would be somewhat of a surprise to see him end the weekend out on top.
Rounding out the top three in the betting is Ryan Palmer.
Now ranked 205 in the world, Palmer has missed the cut in three of his last four events. Looking for something to reignite his career, he looks well placed to contend for his first PGA Tour victory since 2010.
The best value of the day could lie with Si-Woo Kim.
There must be something about TPC Craig Ranch that South Koreans like as Kim’s compatriot KH Lee has won the last two iterations of this event.
Looking to keep up the fine recent winning tradition, Kim will start today three shots off the lead. A devastating ball striker when at his best, he could well make a move up the leaderboard today and odds of +1200 could end up looking vastly overpriced.
|GOLFER||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|SI WOO KIM||+1200|
|FIELD (ANY OTHER)||+210|
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