Golf Rankings for HP Byron Nelson Championship
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Spieth has played the Byron Nelson three times since 2010. He is yet to finish better than 16th; just T68 last year, but was sitting inside the top 10 after three rounds in his first two attempts. Spieth is coming off a T4 in last week’s PLAYERS Championship, his second top-five and fourth finish of 12th or better in his last five starts.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #17
Kuchar is competing in the Byron Nelson for the fourth consecutive year. Over the last three seasons he has recorded finishes of T6, T15 and T33 at the TPC Four Seasons. Kuchar’s T17 at THE PLAYERS snapped a streak of four straight top-fives and is still playing good enough to keep rolling with him.
Martin Kaymer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #46
Kaymer (a former World No. 1 player) is back on the radar with last week’s win at THE PLAYERS Championship. The timing couldn’t be better as he recorded a T5 in last year’s debut at the Byron Nelson. Since missing his last cut, Kaymer has finished 31st or better in four straight events.
Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #24
Walker has finished T27 and T29 at the Byron Nelson the last two years, but was sitting inside the top 20 after the third round of each event. Over his last six starts, Walker has only missed one cut and scored a top-25 in the other five. His last two top-10s have come at the Masters and last week at THE PLAYERS.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #106
Bradley won this event in his 2011 debut, blew a top-10 in the final round of 2012 and lost out on a wire-to-wire victory last year. Unfortunately, Bradley has missed two of his last three cuts (the Masters, THE PLAYERS), but scored a T8 at TPC Louisiana in between.
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #42
If not for a pair of meltdowns, Woodland would likely own two top-fives over the last three years at the Byron Nelson. Last year, he was fifth after three rounds, but went 9-over on Sunday. Two years ago, Woodland was in the same position prior to shooting an 11-over. Woodland hasn’t missed a cut this year and has finished 26th or better in five straight.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #18
Schwartzel finished third in last year’s Byron Nelson debut, but is playing a bit inconsistent right now. Over his last five starts he has scored a top-10 and a total of three top-20s, but missed the cut at Augusta and struggled last week at THE PLAYERS, T48.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #64
Dufner won this event in 2012 after a T8 the year before. In last year’s title defense, he only managed a T33. After a pair of top-15s in his two March appearances, Dufner has missed the cut at Augusta and is coming off a T48 last week at TPC Sawgrass.
Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #87
Palmer lost in a playoff at the Byron Nelson in 2011 and placed T9 the following year. However, he struggled in the final two rounds last year after sitting inside the top five after two rounds. Over his last five starts, Palmer has been all over the place with a T2 at The Honda and a T7 at the Houston Open as his only results coming inside the top 50.
Fredrik Jacobson [Yahoo Class C]
Last week’s 64 at THE PLAYERS ended a streak of six finishes inside the top 30 for Jacobson. If not for a combined 6-over during the weekend rounds, he could have challenged for a top-15. After skipping the Byron Nelson in 2012, Jacobson recorded a T17 at TPC Four Seasons last year.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
Johnson is set to play the Byron Nelson for the first time since a T20 from 2011. The two previous years saw him place T7 and T4. DJ got off to a hot start this season, but in his last three starts he’s withdrawn after shooting an 80, missed the cut at Augusta and finished T59 last week at THE PLAYERS.
Graham Delaet [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #111
In his third start at the Byron Nelson, DeLeat scored a career-best T10 at the TPC Four Seasons. Since missing the cut in the Masters, he has placed T29 at TPC Louisiana and missed another cut last week.
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