June 16, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Jordan Spieth walks from the tee on the 3rd hole during the third round of the 112th U.S. Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

HP Byron Nelson Classic Fantasy Golf Picks

Last year’s champion Jason Dufner makes a solid fantasy golf pick for this year’s HP Byron Nelson Classic. Here he holds the trophy on the 18th green after winning the HP Byron Nelson Classic after the final round at the TPC Four Seasons Resort – Las Colinas. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

After a thrilling PLAYERS Championship, many of the big names in golf get a couple weeks off as the PGA Tour heads to Texas for a couple weeks before the Memorial which is the next top-level field on the slate. For the next couple weeks, you’ll have to be extra savvy with your fantasy golf picks without the fallback of picking stars.

Last week, I didn’t pick the biggest star in the field and it came back to bite me as Tiger got the win after I went with a disappointing Phil and a choking Sergio instead in my A-list picks. There were five in our 20-member group that made the Tiger pick, and not surprising one of them won as HOME TEAM put up 162 to beat the rest of the group. MT Cup still remains atop the Spring Standings while Eagles Nest is in the lead for the full season.

I’m hoping to get my entry turned back around after a rough week at TPC Sawgrass. There are some nice fantasy options as the tour heads to Dallas though and go from one TPC course to another as they head to TPC Four Seasons. It’s a tough track that comes in at par-70 and is loaded with hazards that are tough to escape. However, the main challenge is the wind which is expected to be a major factor again this week.  Here are the picks I like to excel this week in Big D.

May 20, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Jason Dufner lines up his putt on the eighteenth green during the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Classic at the TPC Four Seasons Resort – Las Colinas. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

A-List

Jason Dufner- Even though he’s been struggling lately, the defending champ is a solid pick from a shallow A-List. Duff also finished t8 two years ago at this event and will be looking to bounce back after a final-round 80 made him tumble down the leaderboard last week.

Charles Howell III- The second A-list is one of the trickiest on the board this week. CH3 is a safer option than some of the other since he’s made the cut in six of his last eight tournaments. He has a pair of t10’s in his last five starts but also a pair of missed cuts. He’s made the cut at this event in his last three trips to Dallas highlighted by a t20 two years ago.

B-List

May 12, 2013; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Marc Leishman tees off on the first hole during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Marc Leishman- Leishman has been in the top 10 in his last three events with a t4 at the Masters, a t9 at Harbour Town, and a t8 last week. The Aussie also has a great history at this event with three top 10’s in the last four years including a t3 last year.

Jimmy Walker- Walker has eight top-25 finishes and closed with a final round 67 at the TPC last week on his way to a t15. He’s still looking for his first career win t30,

Keegan Bradley- Bradley has been inconsistent so I’ll start him on my bench in case he struggled on his way to a third consecutive MC. He was playing well before the Masters with four straight top 10’s but has struggled since. He won here in 2011 and followed that with a t24 last year.

Ben Crane- Crane has a pair of top 10’s in his last four starts and has made four of five cuts after a rough start to the season. He’s coming off a t8 last week at TPC Sawgrass and has a top-10 here from 2011.

C-List

Jason Day-After winning here in 2010, Day finished 5th in 2011 and t9 in 2012. He is also coming in playing extremely well with four top 10’s this season and 14 straight cuts made.

Jordan Spieth-Spieth is from Dallas and has been impressive on Tour so far this year. He has a trio of top ten’s and has made six of eight cuts. Spieth mad his Tour debut here is 2010 and finished t16 and followed that with a t32 in 2011. Spieth is comfortable on the course and should be ready for a solid week.

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