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Aussies Among All-Star Byron Nelson Cast

Jason Day will aim to bounce from from a disappointing finish to last week's Players Championship. (Photo: Getty Images)
With four of the leading six players in the world set to tee it up at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Irving in Texas this week, the event is blessed to have such a strong line-up the week after an event of such significance as the Players Championship.

Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth are all at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in the northwest of Dallas, Garcia is the defending champion after a playoff victory over Brooks Koepka last year.

Johnson has regularly played well at this event with four top 10s in seven starts and, after his strong comeback over the weekend at the Players, appears the man to beat.  

The AT&T Byron Nelson has great success for Australian golfers with Adam Scott, Jason Day and Steven Bowditch winning in recent years and, earlier, Bruce Devlin and Peter Thomson who won his only PGA Tour title there in 1956. Thomson's five Open Championship wins would later become PGA Tour wins in a retrospective move.

Eleven Australians including Day get their chance this week to add to that record. Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Geoff Ogilvy, Cameron Percy, Rod Pampling, Stuart Appleby, Brett Drewitt, Steven Bowditch, Greg Chalmers and Stuart Deane will all tee it up.

Deane is the odd man out having made it into the field courtesy of winning a local pro event in September last year - the Joyce Crane/Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company Section Championship. Deane lives in Dallas and is Director of Golf at the University of Texas at Arlington.    

Day, who earlier in his career lived in nearby Fort Worth, is also a previous winner at TPC Four Seasons where his breakthrough PGA Tour victory came in 2010 and has had two other top 10s at the event.

Following his horror final round last week in Florida and his indifferent recent form, it will be interesting to see just how the now Ohio resident bounces back but there is little doubt as to what the Byron Nelson event means to him.

Jordan Spieth was well placed heading into the final round last year before finishing 18th after a round of 75 and he too has a few demons to overcome after last week’s missed cut. He has the added pressure or benefit of playing in front of home fans to consider.

Garcia was neither good nor bad last week but considering it was his first start since his Masters victory, his chance of something better this week is very much on the cards. Not only is Garcia the defending champion this week but he also won this title in 2004.

Koepka went so close last year and his recent good form, which included a runner-up finish at the Valero Texas Open and a 16th place finish last week suggests he could do well again.

Tony Finau enjoys a good record at this venue and apart from a missed cut last week at the Players, his recent form has been generally very good including third place in San Antonio and fifth in Tampa.  

Louis Oosthuizen has a very poor record in this event but should have a boost of confidence following his joint runner-up finish last week.

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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