A field of 156 is in McKinney, Texas, for the AT&T Byron Nelson. This will be the first-ever PGA Tour event at TPC Craig Ranch as the Byron Nelson is played for the first time since Sung Kang won it in 2019. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings and odds for the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson, with PGA Tour picks and predictions.
Jon Rahm, ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings, leads three others from the top 10 in the field this week. This is the final event before next week’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite for the year’s second major after winning the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club last week.
2021 AT&T Byron Nelson: Fantasy Golf Top 20
20. Lee Westwood (+8000)
The veteran Englishman has been off since a 63rd-place finish at the RBC Heritage capped a four-event stretch which included missed cuts at The Honda Classic and the Masters. He previously had back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship to climb as high as No. 19 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
19. James Hahn (+12500)
Few in this week’s field have the experience of Hahn at TPC Craig Ranch. He finished as the runner-up at the 2012 Web.com Tour Championship played here. His victory at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship was at a similarly long course (Quail Hollow Club).
18. Keith Mitchell (+8000)
Mitchell remains a quality value play coming off a T-3 finish at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship. He was second in the field with 1.85 Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee per round and will need to rely on that same part of his game this week.
17. Cameron Champ (+8000)
Sixth on the PGA Tour among qualified golfers and fourth in this field in SG: Off-the-Tee through 32 measured rounds this season. His putting has been awful, but the new venue should help level the field on the greens.
16. Luke List (+7000)
Tied for sixth last week with 1.33 SG: Off-the-Tee and 1.77 SG: Tee-to-Green per round. He tied for 13th at the 2012 Web.com Tour Championship.
15. Harris English (+6000)
Rose as high as No. 16 in the OWGR earlier this year but has struggled since returning to the mainland after the two events in Hawaii. He tied for 43rd last week with 1.04 SG: Putting but 0.75 strokes lost off-the-tee per round.
14. Sam Burns (+3500)
Returns to play after a week off following his first career PGA Tour victory at the Valspar Championship. It’s another venue that should suit his long irons well.
13. Matt Fitzpatrick (+1800)
Still in search of his first PGA Tour win after a T-4 finish at the RBC Heritage. He has gained an average of 2.13 strokes per round on the average Tour pro over his last 20 rounds, according to Data Golf.
12. Si Woo Kim (+4000)
Looking for his sixth straight made cut since a rough stretch of play following his win at The American Express. He’s eighth on Tour in Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 Yards and there are five such holes at TPC Craig Ranch.
11. Brooks Koepka (+2000)
Playing his first event since a missed cut at the Masters following knee surgery. The two-time PGA Championship winner is a risky play this week as he tunes his game to Kiawah Island.
10. Jordan Spieth (+1000)
Hasn’t played since a T-3 finish at the Masters on the heels of his resurgent win at the Valero Texas Open. He seems to always play well in Texas, but he’ll need his driver this week and that has been his greatest weakness this season.
9. Sergio Garcia (+4500)
Still second on Tour among qualified golfers in SG: Off-the-Tee per round. Like Champ, he’ll hope everyone’s lack of familiarity at the venue helps negate his woeful putting.
8. Hideki Matsuyama (+2000)
The 2021 Masters champ will play his first event since donning the green jacket, as he prepares for 2021’s second major. He’ll look to again rely on his excellent iron play.
7. Ryan Palmer (+4000)
Twenty-fourth on Tour in par 4 efficiency from our chosen distance and tied for 11th in Birdie or Better Percentage.
6. Marc Leishman (+3300)
Playing his first solo event since a T-5 finish at Augusta National Golf Club, but he won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans partner event with fellow Aussie Cameron Smith in the interim. He’s averaging 0.44 SG: Approach per round on the season.
5. Will Zalatoris (+2500)
Likely to be one of the most motivated of the top names in the field ahead of the PGA Championship, as he still needs a PGA Tour win in order to qualify for this year’s FedExCup Playoffs despite beginning the week 10th in the Golfweek rankings.
4. Daniel Berger (+1400)
The third-best player in the field by the Golfweek rankings tees it up for the first time since a T-13 finish at the RBC Heritage. One of the leaders in this field with 0.69 SG: Approach per round.
3. Jon Rahm (+700)
The top player in this field by both the Golfweek and OWGR measures following Monday’s withdrawal by Dustin Johnson. He looks to shake off a missed cut last week when he lost 1.36 strokes per round around the green.
2. Bryson DeChambeau (+800)
Barely made the cut last week but finished 68-68 to tie for ninth. He struggled mightily on approach to the green at Quail Hollow Club, but it’s another venue well-suited to his added distance.
1. Scottie Scheffler (+2000)
An excellent value play this week while sharing just the seventh-best odds to win. He’s seventh on Tour in par 4 efficiency and 16th in birdie or better percentage.
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