While hockey news is taking up much of the spotlight as the Stanley Cup playoffs are in high gear, the golf season is starting to heat up after The Players Championship, the flagship event of the PGA Tour and the unofficial “Fifth Major”. Matt Kuchar outlasted the field, and now he’ll look to go back-to-back when he tees it up at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here is a look at Kuchar and four other golfers worth a look.
Matt Kuchar (+1200): A 5 dimes review of Kuchar’s Players win would show that he managed to minimize his mistakes and sometimes, that’s all that counts. Winning tournaments is tough, but winning back-to-back is even tougher; still, if anyone can do it, it’s Kuchar, who is always smiling and finished T6 at last year’s Byron Nelson Championship.
Adam Scott (+1400): Scott won this event in 2008, the first year that TPC Four Seasons was used throughout the tournament, and he is coming off a T-15 at The Players, although he struggled a little after an opening-round 68. The Aussie star is a favorite of those that use sportsbook software because of his beautiful swing, and he should be a fan favorite for the galleries as well.
Jason Day (+2000): Another Aussie makes his way up the rankings, and Day also won this event as it remains his lone PGA win to date, back in 2010. He also finished fifth in this event last year and even though he missed the cut at The Players, Day finished T-9 at Quail Hollow, so the 24-year-old is coming around after opening this season in a slump.
Jason Dufner (+2000): Dufner won in New Orleans for the first time on the PGA Tour, and online betting sharps know about his quest to finally earn that first victory, which took 164 starts and a handful of near-misses. Dufner was T-8 at the HP Byron Nelson last year and he’ll be the first to tell Kuchar how tough it is to win two consecutive PGA events; he took a couple weeks off after New Orleans, then finished T-68 at Sawgrass last week.
Brian Gay (+4000): Gay will get a lot of love from the galleries as a hometown boy from Fort Worth, and he has finished in the top 15 in three of his last four starts here, while finished T-2 behind Day in 2010. Gay also finished T-4 at the Valero Texas Open, so he should be able to find something extra to compete this weekend, if he can keep his nerves at bay. Gay could turn out to offer some excellent sports betting value this weekend.