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2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Odds To Win: Phil Mickelson Favored

2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Odds To Win: Phil Mickelson Favored

2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Odds To Win: Phil Mickelson Favored
By Drew Sharper

IRVING, TX (TheSpread) – This week the 2012 PGA Tour heads to Texas for the playing of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Here is a look at the odds for this event.

According to oddsmakers, Phil Mickelson is the favorite to win this week with 11/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Matt Kuchar (12/1), Adam Scott (14/1), and Keegan Bradley (18/1).

Mickelson won this tournament back in 1996. He is currently 10th in the world rankings. He has finished 26th or better in eight of his last nine tournament and in the top 10 in four of his last eight.

Kuchar is fifth in the world rankings after winning the PLAYERS Championship last week. Kuchar has now finished in the top 15 in six of his last seven tournaments.

Scott won this tournament back in 2008. Scott is 13th in the world rankings. He has finished in the top 20 in nine of his last 10 tournaments.

Bradley is the defending champion of this tournament. Bradley is 22nd in the world rankings, but he has been in a bit of a funk. He has finished outside the top 20 in his last four tournament, which includes two missed cuts. Prior to this four-tournament streak, he had finished in the top 20 in 12 of his last 13 tournaments.

The HP Byron Nelson Championship begins on Thursday, May 17 and will run through Sunday, May 20 from TPC Four Seasons-Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. For complete odds for each golfer to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship, see below.

2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Odds to Win

Phil Mickelson 11/1
Matt Kuchar 12/1
Adam Scott 14/1
Keegan Bradley 18/1
Jason Day 22/1
Louis Oosthuizen 22/1
Jason Dufner 22/1
Ernie Els 30/1
Carl Pettersson 30/1
John Rollins 40/1
Jeff Overton 40/1
Brian Gay 40/1
Brian Davis 40/1
Johnson Wagner 45/1
Ryan Palmer 45/1
Padraig Harrington 55/1
DA Points 60/1
Charles Howell III 60/1
Jhonattan Vegas 66/1
YE Yang 66/1
Scott Piercy 66/1
Pat Perez 66/1
Seung-Yul Noh 70/1
Greg Chalmers 70/1
Robert Garrigus 75/1
John Huh 75/1
Jimmy Walker 75/1
JB Holmes 75/1
Charley Hoffman 80/1
Boo Weekley 80/1
Vijay Singh 80/1
Ken Duke 80/1
Jonas Blixt 80/1
Blake Adams 90/1
Gary Woodland 90/1
Heath Slocum 100/1
Chad Campbell 100/1
Brendan Steele 100/1
Greg Owen 100/1
Jerry Kelly 100/1
Rory Sabbatini 100/1
Hunter Haas 110/1
Marc Leishman 110/1
Rod Pampling 110/1
David Mathis 110/1
Matt Jones 125/1
Arjun Atwal 125/1
Harrison Frazar 125/1
JJ Henry 125/1
Justin Leonard 125/1
Kris Blanks 125/1
Vaughn Taylor 125/1
Danny Lee 125/1
Bob Estes 125/1
Graham Delaet 125/1
Brandt Jobe 125/1
Russell Knox 125/1
James Driscoll 125/1
Dicky Pride 140/1
Ricky Barnes 150/1
Billy Mayfair 150/1
Billy Horschel 150/1
Josh Teater 150/1
John Mallinger 150/1
Jeff Maggert 150/1
Will Claxton 150/1
Chris Couch 175/1
Kevin Chappell 175/1
William Mcgirt 175/1
Miguel Angel Carballo 175/1
Andres Romero 175/1
Colt Knost 175/1
Bobby Gates 175/1
Paul Haley II 175/1
Roberto Castro 175/1
Martin Flores 200/1
Mark Anderson 200/1
Kyle Reifers 200/1
Alex Cejka 200/1
John Merrick 200/1
Nathan Green 200/1
Tommy Gainey 200/1
Tim Herron 200/1
Erik Compton 200/1
Stephen Ames 200/1
Nick Ohern 200/1
Ryuji Imada 200/1
Scott Verplank 200/1
Andres Gonzales 225/1
Patrick Sheehan 225/1
Chez Reavie 225/1
Scott Stallings 225/1
Steve Flesch 225/1
Garth Mulroy 225/1
Joe Ogilvie 225/1
Chris DiMarco 250/1
Jason Bohn 250/1
Troy Matteson 250/1
Tom Pernice Jr 250/1
Tim Petrovic 250/1
Sung Kang 250/1
Gary Christian 250/1
Daniel Chopra 250/1
DJ Trahan 250/1
Jason Kokrak 250/1
Roland Thatcher 250/1
Rocco Mediate 250/1
Richard S Johnson 250/1
Cameron Beckman 250/1
Briny Baird 250/1
Mathew Goggin 250/1
Michael Putnam 275/1
Brett Wetterich 275/1
Gavin Coles 300/1
Billy Hurley III 300/1
Shane Bertsch 300/1
Kevin Kisner 300/1
Mike Weir 300/1
Richard H Lee 350/1
Michael Bradley 350/1
Matt Bettencourt 350/1
Steve Wheatcroft 350/1
JJ Killeen 350/1
Rich Beem 350/1
David Duval 350/1
Jamie Lovemark 400/1
Brendon Todd 400/1
Troy Kelly 400/1
Derek Lamely 400/1
Garrett Willis 400/1
Hank Kuehne 400/1
Fran Quinn 500/1
Steven Bowditch 500/1
Edward Loar 500/1
Scott Dunlap 500/1
Travis Wadkins 500/1
Scott Brown 500/1
Tommy Biershenk 500/1
Stephen Gangluff 500/1
Marco Dawson 500/1
Alexandre Rocha 500/1
Marc Turnesa 600/1
Matt Mcquillan 600/1
Kyle Thompson 600/1
Kelly Kraft 600/1
Neal Lancaster 750/1
Joey Snyder III 750/1
Zack Miller 750/1
Brian P Ricketts 750/1
Charlie Beljan 750/1

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HP Byron Nelson Championship: Preview
By Matt Fargo

The PGA Tour rolls into Texas this week for the HP Byron Nelson Championship from the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. Irving has served as host city to the Nelson for 27 years and this event is the ninth longest running active tournament on the schedule.

Despite this storied history, it does not attract the same field that it used to. That is even more the case this week following The Players Championship after being two weeks after it last year.

This will be the fifth year the TPC will be the sole host as Cottonwood was removed from the rotation. The winning score that year was -7 by Adam Scott and the higher score can be attributed to the earlier date, late April, as opposed to the late May date that it now takes place at.

Three years ago, Rory Sabbatini broke the tournament record at -19 while two years ago, Jason Day brought home the championship at -10. But last year, Keegan Bradley and Ryan Palmer finished at -3 with the former winning in a playoff.

The TPC Four Seasons Resort is a 7,166-yard, par 70 layout and the reason for the tough scoring last year was sustained winds throughout the tournament. We could see a repeat as the forecast is calling for high winds again - although that could change come the weekend.

Hitting fairways has always been tough here and last year was no exception as it finished sixth toughest in fairways hit, so going with an accurate driver is key. Also, players familiar with Texas winds are a good bet.

The Players champion Matt Kuchar is here this week and we could see a letdown from him. Also in the field is fan favorite Phil Mickelson (+1,000), who is making his first appearance here since 2007. He is the favorite this week and while possessing six top 15 finishes in his career at the Nelson, he has not won here since 1996. That's a cause for concern and takes away any value.

As mentioned, the defending champion is Keegan Bradley (+1,500) and he made the cut at The Players after missing the weekend in his last two starts. He isn't playing well this year but it didn't hurt him last year as he came in with a run of MC, T26, MC and 72nd and was able to pull out the playoff win. The biggest surprise may have been the fact it was his first start here. He can easily defend.

We would like more value with Jason Day (+2,000) but he won here in 2010 in his first start at the TPC Four Seasons and then followed that up with a solo fifth last year. He is coming off a missed cut at Sawgrass but showed positive signs the prior week in Charlotte. He missed the cut at The Players in the previous week before his win here two years ago so that pattern bodes well.

Jeff Overton (+4,000) missed the cut last week but that should not factor because his recent track record at the Nelson takes precedence. He tied for second in 2010 and then finished T8 last year and that 2011 finish came right after a T65 at the Colonial. Even though his overall year has been average, he has missed only three cuts in 13 events and has two top fives to his credit.

Brian Gay (+4,000) was tied for runner up here two years ago while finishing T14 last year and he fits this course perfectly. He has missed only three cuts all season and has two top 10s including a T4 at the Valero Texas Open. He came in last year as the most accurate driver but is only 63rd this year however he makes up for it being third in scrambling. His 63 on Sunday here two years ago was the lowest round of the event.

For the longshot odds this week, we will take a look at Johnson Wagner (+5,000). He has not been playing great over the last month but his finishes have gotten progressively better. He finished T35 last week after a disappointing Sunday 75. His last start here was in 2010 where he finished T12 and he has already found the winners circle once this year.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at HP Byron Nelson Championship (all for one unit)

Keegan Bradley (+1,500)

Jason Day (+2,000)

Jeff Overton (+4,000)

Brian Gay (+4,000)

Johnson Wagner (+5,000)

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Byron Nelson Championship Preview

The Tour swings back to Texas for the Byron Nelson Championship. TPC Four Seasons is traditionally one of the toughest Par 70's on the Tour, and the last two champions (Keegan Bradley a year ago, Jason Day in 2010) won on their first visit to Irving.

Here's a look at who's poised to break through this week…

Phil Mickelson (10/1): Lefty returns to the Byron Nelson for the first time since 2007, when he finished T3. He's posted six top-15's at the tournament, including a win in 1996. He finished T4 in the Tour's last Texas stop, at the Shell Houston Open just 1½ months ago.

John Rollins (40/1): Rollins has been solid this year, with seven top-25 finishes. Considering how strong he's been off the tee (first on the Tour in total driving), he has a real chance to contend this week. His T6 finish at Four Seasons last year was a career best.

Adam Scott (12/1): Scott won here in 2008 and finished T3 in 2006. He's coming off a strong week at The Players, finishing T15 on a course where he usually struggles.

Carl Pettersson (30/1): He had a strong finish at The Players, the only one to break 70 on Saturday and Sunday en route to a T10 finish. Pettersson has been putting well all year (.598 strokes gained, 12th-best on the Tour), and he's had some success at the Byron Nelson, including a T4 in 2008

Louis Oosthuizen (20/1): If it's going to be another first-timer winning at Four Seasons, Oosthuizen has the best chance. He was wildly erratic in missing the cut at The Players, registering 11 birdies, but also 10 bogeys and a double. But when he's on, he's as good as anyone in this field.

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