Power Rankings: HP Byron Nelson Championship


In the wake of its flagship event, the PGA Tour heads to Texas for the next two weeks of action. While Colonial will play host next week, this week all eyes are on TPC Four Seasons in Dallas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Jason Dufner returns to defend the title he won last year by one shot over Dicky Pride. Here are 10 names to watch in the heart of Texas:

1. Jason Day: A winner here in 2010, Day has also posted top-10 finishes in Dallas each of the last two years. The Aussie has four top-10 finishes this season, most notably a third-place finish at the Masters, and enters off a tie for 19th at TPC Sawgrass.

2. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has four top-10s to his credit this season, notably a win at the WGC Match Play, and hasn't missed a cut in 2013. He's finished inside the top 15 each of the past two years, including a tie for sixth in 2011.

3. Marc Leishman: An ideal combination of current form and past event history. Leishman enters off three straight top-10 finishes, including a tie for fourth at Augusta National. He also tied for third last year in Dallas, the third time he finished inside the top 12 in this event since 2009.

4. D.A. Points: In the midst of a career year, Points sits eighth on the Tour's money list thanks to a win in Houston and runner-up finish in New Orleans. He has played well in Dallas before, most notably a third-place finish in 2009 and a tie for seventh in 2010, and has broken par in nine of his last 12 rounds overall.

5. Louis Oosthuizen: The highest-ranked player in this week's field, Oosthuizen has made five PGA Tour starts in events with a cut, but has played the weekend only twice. Those two efforts, though, resulted in a tie for 10th in Houston in addition to last week's T-19 finish at the Stadium Course.

6. Jimmy Walker: Now in possession of the longest active made cut streak on the PGA Tour at 22 in a row, Walker heads to Dallas on the heels of a 5-under 67 Sunday at TPC Sawgrass. He ranks seventh on Tour in birdie average, 10th in scoring average and has three straight top-25 finishes.

7. Keegan Bradley: Bradley notched his first career PGA Tour win here in 2011 and followed up with a T-24 finish last year in defense of his title. After a strong start to the 2013 season, he's missed two consecutive cuts but is likely to bounce back against a relatively weaker field on a course where he's won in the past.

8. J.J. Henry: A graduate of nearby TCU, Henry has a surprisingly strong record in this event: 10 made cuts in 11 appearances, with four top-15 finishes including last year's tie for third. With four missed cuts in his last five starts overall, Henry lacks momentum but appears to thrive in this event.

9. Ryan Palmer: Coming off an emotional week where he tied for fifth at TPC Sawgrass after news of a close friend's death, Palmer returns to a course where he lost in a playoff in 2011 and tied for ninth last year. He's made the cut in six of his last seven starts overall and will undoubtedly benefit from crowd support in his home state this week.

10. Charl Schwartzel: Making his first appearance at this event, Schwartzel has finished inside the top 25 in five of six PGA Tour stroke-play events this year. The South African is sixth on Tour in scoring average, 11th in birdie average and 17th in total putting.