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2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted May 12, 2013, 10:26 AM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated May 14, 2013, 1:14 PM ]

The 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship is scheduled for May 16-19 at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas. This is one of the oldest active events on the PGA Tour. The defending champion is Jason Dufner. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship. 

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Tournament course: TPC Four Seasons
Yardage: 7166 (70)
2012 Winner's score: 269 (-11)

Thursday May 16 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday May 17 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday May 18 - Round 3 - CBS (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)
Sunday May 19 - Final Round - CBS (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)

Live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Matt Kuchar. The TPC Four Seasons is a golf course that favors players who are excellent from tee to green. The course is notorious for its narrow fairways and formidable bunkers. When the wind intensifies, the difficulty jumps three-fold. If you are an erratic driver of the ball, this could be an extremely unpleasant experience. Many of the top players have opted to skip this tournament in recent years, criticizing the event's difficult and somewhat unfair set-up. Consistent players from tee to green like Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Jason Day have done well on this course. Kuchar is a similar type of player. He hits a lot of fairways and has few troubles finding the greens. His season to this point has been a slightly disappointing. He was in contention several times this year with only one match-play win to show for. Kuchar is due for a stroke-play victory and this tournament is that opportunity.

2. Dark Horse: Jordan Spieth. The young Texan returns to the site of his PGA Tour debut where he, as an amateur, shocked the world with a magnificent top-16 finish. It would be quite a story if he could somehow achieve his first professional win on his "home" course. My head is telling me he is not yet ready to win on tour, but the shock victories by fellow rookies Derek Ernst and Russell Henley prove anything is possible. Spieth certainly knows this course as well as anyone and his talent is undeniable. His year has been mixed to this point, but he does have three top-10s including a runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Open. Don't be surprise to see him atop the leaderboard at some point during the final day.

3. Player to Watch: Tianlang Guan. The young Chinese amateur will look to continue his streak of making the cut on the PGA Tour. Of the three U.S. professional tournaments he has participated in, the Byron Nelson offers the best opportunity but also the most risks. The TPC Four Seasons put a premium on accuracy, which bodes well for someone averaging 230-250 yards per drive. If he fails to hit the fairways, however, it will be a nightmare experience for the young golfer. The punishment for missing the fairways here is severe, as he will likely struggle to reach anywhere close to the green from the heavy roughs even with his best effort. There are two possible outcomes for Guan in Texas. He will either earn his best finish (top 40 or better) or post very big numbers to easily miss the cut. I am hoping for the former.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Matt Kuchar | 2. Jason Day (His record here is impeccable, one win and 2 other top-10s in three starts) | 3. Keegan Bradley (Former champion whose game fits this course well) | 4. Dustin Johnson (Inconsistency has been holding him back, played this event 4 times with 2 top-10s and no missed cuts) | 5. Jason Dufner (Defending champion, always among the leaders in driving accuracy).


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