AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
May 13th -16th, 2021 at TPC Craig Ranch
Par 71, 7438 yards
This week on the PGA Tour the action moves to Texas for one of the tour’s longest-standing events, dating back to 1944. The TPC Craig Ranch is a new track to the roster, although it has held Korn Ferry Tour Championships’ and Korn Ferry Tour School on several occasions. Set in lush parkland on Zoysia grass with Rowlett Creek meandering its way through the majority of the holes to the Bentgrass greens, it is a track that could easily be suited to the longer hitters in the PGA Tour.
Sam Burns Has the Profile to Fly This Week
Two weeks ago, at the Valspar Championship (which we previewed here at SBR), Sam Burns landed what seemed a long-overdue first PGA Tour Title. If that seems an unfair statement given Burns is still only twenty-four years of age, it is born from the knowledge that he has been a prodigious talent from junior golf right through until now. His junior career was a stellar one which has brought high expectations for the golfer from Shreveport, Louisiana.
Apart from taking a little longer than some expected for his first PGA Tour Title, his career has been nothing but success at the highest level. Earlier in the season he played superbly at the Genesis Invitational without landing the first win, in similar tough conditions to last week’s Valspar Championship.
But don’t be mistaken in believing Sam Burns only thrives on difficult tests. He has always been long off the tee and that means he could overpower the course and with his short game in fine order, his confidence at an all-time high, he could win back to back this week. The icing on the cake for supporting Sam Burns this week is his previous course experience in 2017 at the Korn Ferry Tour Q-school second stage when he completed the task with ease, leading the field by five strokes at twenty-two under par. Remember that for your sports betting.
PGA Tour Betting Picks:
- Sam Burns to Win at +3300 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
- Sam Burns Top 10 Finish at +300 with BetOnline
Andrew Putnam Looked Back to Form Last Week
2020 was a difficult year for us all, but on the golf course, it was particularly difficult for Andrew Putnam as his form left him completely. It was good to see the Washington born, thirty-two-year-old kick start his PGA Tour career in 2021 with three top 10 finishes in five events. He had lost that golden form a little in recent weeks with a string of missed cuts’, so it was encouraging to see a strong showing at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship.
Like Sam Burns, he has course experience from Q-school stages of the Korn Ferry Tour and often reserves his best performances for bentgrass greens as his one and only PGA Tour title at the Barracuda Championship of 2018 suggests. Coming into form at the right time, combined with his course experience makes him a strong look for this week’s top 20 markets. I also think he is worth a smaller stake in the win market at sportsbooks and therefore he qualifies as our PGA Tour Banker and Long shot on the same week.
PGA Golf Banker:
PGA Golf Long Shot:
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.