Power Rankings: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship


The 29th event of the wraparound season is upon us, as the PGA Tour remains in Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. A field of 156 will tackle TPC Four Seasons Resort, where first-time winners have triumphed four of the last five years.

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Brendon Todd won this event a year ago by two shots over Mike Weir. Here are 10 players to watch in Dallas:

1. Dustin Johnson: Johnson has a strong record at this event, with four straight top-20 finishes included three finishes of T-7 or better. The bomber won earlier this year in Miami, ranks ninth in total strokes gained and has five top-10 finishes since February.

2. Jordan Spieth: The Dallas native will have plenty of fan support this week, and he has finished second in each of the first three Texas events this season. His best result at TPC Four Seasons, though, came as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010 (T-16).

3. Marc Leishman: The Aussie has a strong affinity with this course, having turned six starts into five finishes of T-12 or better. He tied for third both last year and in 2012, and Leishman enters off a streak of four straight top-30 finishes.

4. Keegan Bradley: Bradley won this event in 2011, then very nearly captured the trophy again in 2013 after a course-record 60 in the opening round. He has not finished outside the top 30 in four trips to Dallas and has three top-25 finishes in his last five starts overall.

5. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has been his reliable self at this event in recent years, with a trio of top-15 finishes since 2011. While he missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass in his most recent start, Kuchar has eight top-25 finishes in 14 starts this season, including a solo fifth at RBC Heritage last month.

6. Justin Thomas: The rookie has yet to win, but that drought could end sooner rather than later. Thomas has four straight top-25 finishes and 10 in 19 starts this season, and he will benefit from a friendly early-round tee time with Spieth.

7. Ryan Palmer: Palmer surprisingly missed the cut last week at Colonial, but the Texan should bounce back on a course where he has three top-25 finishes in the last four years. Palmer has seven top-25 finishes this season and ranks eighth in scoring average.

8. Charley Hoffman: His recent run continued with a T-10 finish at Colonial, and Hoffman now has five top-20 finishes over his last seven starts. Hoffman was T-11 at previous Texas stops in San Antonio and Houston and has three top-10 finishes at this event since 2006.

9. Zach Johnson: Johnson didn't factor last week at Colonial, but he still racked up his sixth top-20 finish in his last seven starts. The veteran is making his first appearance in this event since 2005 and ranks inside the top 20 in both fairways hit and strokes gained tee-to-green this season.

10. Morgan Hoffmann: Hoffmann sparked his season with a title contention at Bay Hill, and he now has finished T-28 or better in four of his last six starts. He finished T-5 in 2013 in his Nelson debut, then chased it with a T-16 finish last year.