New Venue Adds Spice to AT&T Byron Nelson Classic
The PGA Tour will be making a new stop this week, and the players are likely to be in for a surprise at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic.
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas has played host to the event since 1983, but this week Trinity Forest Golf Club makes its first appearance on the PGA Tour roster.
The players will have done their homework so they will know what awaits them, but there could be raised eyebrows when it becomes clear that a links-style course is a mere nine miles from Dallas.
Those players who lap up the point and shoot nature of most PGA Tour venues will be in for a bit of a shock when faced with links terrain, although Trinity Forest member Jordan Spieth feels those who fly it high will still be able to compete.
“It’s like an American links,” Spieth said, per the PGA Tour’s official website. “You’ve kind of got to play it from the air, not really a bounce-the-ball-up kind of links, but it is still a links-looking golf course. So it’s weird, it’s unique.
Birkdale was kind of the closest comparison I’ve found to a links course that you kind of have to attack from the air. You get maybe four or five, six holes where you can bounce the ball up, but the way to get balls close is to come in with a higher shot.”
So to pinpoint the winner we may well require a player who is comfortable under a range of conditions, is not afraid to be creative and is a shot-maker.
Spieth would be the obvious starting point, being a member of the club, clearly the best player in the field, a winner on a range of layouts and someone who looks to be edging back into form.
But at 6.00 with 188BET he represents no value whatsoever and we’re happy to see him win and seek out an each-way alternative.
The player who catches our eye is former Masters champion Adam Scott. There have been some ups and down for the Australian since his win at Augusta in 2013, but he’s been playing some solid golf in 2018.
He looked a contender at the Players Championship last week, only for a third round 72 to knock him back. He closed with a 68 for a top-11 finish, and his all-round game looked in good shape.
Scott led the field in scrambling at Sawgrass last week, and that will stand him in good stead at Trinity Forest.
At 23.0 with 188BET, were happy to take an each-way chance on the 37-year-old returning to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2016.