As another year of the HP Byron Nelson Classic descends on the Dallas area, who are some of the frontrunners to make a run the chase for the weekend?
Many people will have their eyes on the 14 year old Guan Tianlang from China who is part of the 2013 field with a sponsors exemption. While he may not be around on Sunday for the trophy this kid has a strong future ahead of him for sure.
“Always a challenge, every tournament, because this is another big event … this is only my third start and everything is still new to me,” Guan said Wednesday, a day before the Nelson’s opening round. “I have to play my best and make some good score.”
This year is definitely kids play. Forget about some of the childish antics of Ricky Fowler, pay attention to the 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, the Dallas native playing at TPC Four Seasons for the third time.
Spieth is playing as a pro this time, having made six of nine cuts and already won nearly $700,000 this season. As an amateur at the Nelson, he tied for 16th as a 16-year-old in 2010, then played on the same day as his high school graduation two years ago when he tied for 32nd. He played one season at the University of Texas before turning pro.
So what about the rest of the field? Well there is some good talent going to be showcased this weekend. What has happened to defending champion Jason Duffner? Well his game has yet to develop this season, but seems to be the front runner to defend his title.
Other players that bare watching are Ben Crane and Keegan Bradley. While Bradley has really gone cold, Crane has continued to heat up and if he hits the fairways with regularity, he will be right there on Sunday.