HP Byron Nelson Championship
We discuss Matt Kuchar's big win, chips and salsa, the Macarena, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop
HP Byron Nelson Championship
Where: Irving, Texas
Course: TPC Four Seasons Resort
Defending champion: Keegan Bradley beat Ryan Palmer in a playoff to pick up his first PGA Tour title.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Louis Oosthuizen
3. Keegan Bradley
4. Jason Day
5. Brian Davis
6. Jeff Overton
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we learned there are things that can cause Matt Kuchar's ever-present smile to grow even wider -- 1.7 million of them in fact. It was a big week for me in Jacksonville as well as I extended my mythical Ripken-like streak of eating at the same Chili's to 10 nights while also setting an unofficial record for the most chips and salsa eaten in the media center. But now the focus is squarely back on having a big week of predictions. Let's get to it before I start having cilantro withdrawal...
The PGA Tour heads to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the first of consecutive Texas stops: The HP Byron Nelson Championship. It should be a special year this year since golf's famed triumverate of Nelson, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead all would have turned 100 this year if they were still alive.
Random tournament fact: The winner of the Nelson traditionally gets to put a full Nelson hold on the runner-up.*
Keegan Bradley. Before he became known as the first belly-anchored putter to win a major, Bradley was known simply as the first belly-anchored putter to win the Byron Nelson. Last year, the world got its first big taste of Bradley when he beat Ryan Palmer in a playoff to pick up his first PGA Tour title. After a terrific start to 2012, he's cooled off a bit, but he's a strong bet to get back on track against this field.
STUD OF THE WEEK
Adam Scott. A winner here in 2008, Scott has been tough to gauge this year since he's played so few tournaments. But the Australian has finished at least T-17 in all four stroke-play events in which he's competed. Perhaps he makes history this week as the first player to use a chest-anchored putter to win the Nelson.
WEEKLY YAHOO! ROSTER SELECTIONS
Starters: Adam Scott, Jason Day, Brian Davis, Louis Oosthuizen
Bench: Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Chad Campbell, Jeff Overton
GUEST PICK OF THE WEEK
I'm keeping it in the office this week after colleague Stephen Hennessey (@s_hennessey) picked Matt Kuchar to win last week. And yes, that pick was documented thanks to our Major Championship Challenge. Here's his take on this week:
Brian Gay's had his sights on this week. He's had a decent year up to this point, the highlight being a T-4 at TPC San Antonio. And with the tour returning to Texas, the expert scrambler/putter Gay should be a factor this weekend. He plays this course really well, with a runner-up in 2010 (with a final-round 63), a T-14 in 2011, and a T-7 in 2008. You also have to look at Texas residents Ryan Palmer, who gave Keegan Bradley his first tournament last year, and John Rollins, who's playing solid right now. Jhonny Vegas went to college in Texas and it looks like his game is back on track, playing great at a much-tougher TPC Sawgrass course last week. But Brian Gay's the safer play.
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BIG NAME TO PLAY
Matt Kuchar. So where does Kuchar go from here? We're not necessarily expecting another 'W' this week, but we do expect him to start picking up more trophies now that he finally broke through in a big event. He had a T-6 here last year, so we expect another high finish. Then again, don't we always from this guy?
BIG NAME TO STAY AWAY FROM
Phil Mickelson. Coming off a week in which he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and finished T-25 at TPC Sawgrass, we're not sure how much Mickelson has in the tank right now. Sure, he's won here before, but that was before Tiger Woods even turned pro. And before "the Macarena" polluted U.S. airwaves.