Look, predicting a pre-tournament winner in golf isn’t easy. While it’s true sports bettors can find fantastic value, it’s incredibly frustrating when one of your picks doesn’t even make the cut. That’s why I’m here to help.
Every week I’ll highlight three golfers who have a good chance to win the hardware for the upcoming weekend. This week it’s the AT&T Byron Nelson.
For a full breakdown of the tournament, check out my betting preview.
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My favorite pick: Jimmy Walker +2000
Jimmy Walker loves competing in his home state of Texas, and with the tournament shifting to Trinity Forest Golf Club for the first time, the 2018 edition of the AT&T Byron Nelson is a virtual toss-up for sports bettors. That’s why it’s wise to back a player like Walker who’s both comfortable in his surroundings and is playing some excellent golf.
The 39-year-old has gotten better with age since becoming a regular on the PGA Tour in 2005, and it’s hard to argue with his recent results. Walker posted an impressive T-2 finish at The Players Championship and has gone T-20, fourth and T-25 since the Masters. At +2000 odds, sign me up.
Solid value: Charles Howell III +3500
Speaking of golfers in good form, don’t sleep on Howell. He is far from a household name to the casual golf fan, but sharp bettors are well aware of his penchant for stringing together solid results.
It’s hard to find many flaws in Howell’s game, and his well-roundedness was on display in a career-best T-17 showing last week at The Players. In his last six starts, Howell has five top-25s.
My favorite sleeper pick: Andrew Putnam +8000
For a course named Trinity Forest, the track ironically has barely any trees, so players who excel in windy conditions have a major edge at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Enter Putnam.
He goes into the event on a streak of five straight cuts made, with fantastic showings at windy tracks Coralas (T-5) and TPC San Antonio (T-8). For that reason alone, he’s worth a shot at +8000, and his rank of 30th on the tour in greens in regulation doesn’t hurt either.