The Byron Nelson Championship has been a great tournament for outsiders so our man's focusing all his attention on Texas this week in his pursuit of a monster-priced winner...
"I was more than happy to concentrate entirely on the PGA Tour action this week where six of the last seven winners have been matched at a three-figure price before the off."
With the USPGA Championship starting a week tomorrow, this week's European Tour event, the British Masters, is already underway, giving participants plenty of time to get to South Carolina ahead of the year's second major.
Given the early start at the Belfry, and the incredibly strong record outsiders have in the Byron Nelson Championship, I was more than happy to concentrate entirely on the PGA Tour action this week where six of the last seven winners have been matched at a three-figure price before the off. Here are my three for the week...
In-form Uihlein worth chancing again
Having finished 21st and fifth in the last two editions of the Byron Nelson Championship, Peter Uihlein will be one of the few players upset to see the tournament move from the largely unpopular Trinity Forest to TPC Craig Ranch but there's absolutely no reason why this layout won't suit him.
His fifth two years ago was by some distance his best effort in 2019 but his 21st a year earlier was sandwiched between two impressive top-fives at the Wells Fargo Championship and the Memorial Tournament and that's the sort of level of form this 31-year-old Californian is more than capable of on his day.
Having finished second in the Louisiana Open on the Korn Ferry Tour in March, Uihlein hacked up by four strokes at the MGM Resorts Championship last month before finishing third alongside Richy Werenski in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans - beaten by a stroke.
Uihlein followed that great effort with a disappointing 57th at the Valspar after a slow start and he didn't begin well back on the Korn Ferry Tour last week either, sitting tied for 77th after round one of the Simmons Bank Open. He climbed the leaderboard relentless after that though, suggesting he's still in fine fettle, to eventually finish seventh and if he can start nicely here, I can see him contending again.
Back 1 ½ u Peter Uihlein @ 170.0169/1
Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.35/4
Hahn can get repeat at the Ranch
Two-time PGA Tour winner, James Hahn, is one of the few in the field to have played TPC Craig Ranch before, finishing second here on the Korn Ferry Tour back in 2012.
He's missed his last two cuts on the PGA Tour but that doesn't put me off given he's found form out of the blue on numerous occasions previously. He finished 10th at the Phoenix Open in February, where he hit the front in round four and traded at a low of 2.01/1, after a string of poor performances and a missed cut the week before and I'm happy to chance him on the strength of his second here and his third in the event back in 2017 when played at TPC Four Seasons.
Look to Landry to cause another shock
There were plenty of players I liked here at huge odds and given we've seen so many outsiders win here of late, I wouldn't put anyone off backing a handful or more outsiders.
John Catlin has been in terrific form on the European Tour and Patton Kizzire is someone I thought would go well in this sort of low-scoring test but I'm going for a really big-priced Texan to make up the trio.
As highlighted in the preview, although Texans have a great record in their home state, they don't have a fantastic recent record in this particular event but I'm happy to have a few pounds on Andrew Landry, who's already won once in his home state.
Landry won the Texas Open just a few months after losing a playoff to Jon Rahm at the American Express in 2018, and event he subsequently won two years later in 26-under-par so at odds of 700.0699/1 we're getting a local that's won twice on the PGA Tour in the last three years, who's shown he can go low.
He's another player that can find something from nowhere and both his wins, as well as a couple of placed efforts, have come on the back of some very poor runs.
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