Power Rankings: 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship


This week marks the 27th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads back to the Lone Star State for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. A field of 156 players will tee it up this week at TPC Four Seasons, where low scores are expected.

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Sang-Moon Bae returns to defend the title he won here a year ago by two shots over Keegan Bradley.. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Dallas:

1. Keegan Bradley: Bradley notched his first PGA Tour win here in 2011 and nearly went wire-to-wire a year ago. While he had an uncharacteristic missed cut at TPC Sawgrass, Bradley has eight top-25 finishes in 14 starts this season and should get things back on track this week at TPC Four Seasons, where he clearly feels comfortable.

2. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar "only" tied for 17th at the Players, which was his worst result in almost two months. Kuchar remains one of the most consistent players around this season and he has finished no worse than T-42 in six career appearances in Dallas. He's second on Tour in scoring average and tied for sixth here in 2011.

3. Jordan Spieth: Spieth comes in off another high finish at TPC Sawgrass and has been upfront about the fact that his hometown event is close to his heart. He now has six top-10 finishes this season and is sixth on Tour in scoring average. Spieth may face an emotional letdown post-Players but he bounced back in a similar spot last month at the RBC Heritage, where he tied for 12th after the Masters.

4. Jimmy Walker: Walker is another Texan and one of only four players to finish inside the top 10 at both the Masters and the Players Championship. He remains atop the FedEx Cup standings, leads the Tour in strokes gained putting and currently sits second in birdie average. Walker has missed only one cut in seven career appearances in this event.

5. Dustin Johnson: DJ hasn't played in Dallas since 2011, but his most recent three appearances here all netted top-20 finishes, including a tie for fourth in 2009. While he's cooled off since his torrid streak through February and March, Johnson still ranks second on Tour in driving distance and seventh in GIR percentage.

6. Marc Leishman: Leishman hasn't had a 2014 season to remember, but he did rally with a Sunday 67 at TPC Sawgrass and has a scintillating record at TPC Four Seasons. Leishman has four top-12 finishes here in the last five years and if there's one thing we've learned this season, it's not to bet against the Aussies.

7. Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel was third here a year ago and while he's made limited starts this season, he does have five top-25 finishes in eight events. The South African hasn't won in the U.S. since his major triumph more than three years ago, but the same could be said of Martin Kaymer last week.

8. Ryan Palmer: Palmer is another Texan who has played well in the DFW area, with two top-10 finishes in the last three years including a playoff loss to Keegan Bradley in 2011. Palmer already has a pair of runner-up finishes to his credit this season and ranks third on Tour in the all-around.

9. Harris English: One of the breakout stars of 2013-14, English already has six top-10 finishes and nine top-25s to his credit this season. He tied for 17th in Dallas a year ago, when he contended for the title before a final-round 74. English is third on Tour in GIR percentage, fifth in scoring average and sixth in birdie average.

10. Graham DeLaet: DeLaet remains arguably the top player on Tour still without a win, though that drought could end this week. The Canadian tied for 10th a year ago, when he carded four straight rounds of par or better, and leads the Tour in GIR percentage this season.