AT&T Byron Nelson preview: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson headline field

Written By Alec Brzezinski
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Jordan Spieth returns to Texas where he'll try to win his first tournament in his home state as he headlines the field at this week's AT&T Byron Nelson near Dallas.

The No. 2 golfer in the world rankings is coming off an ugly missed cut at the Players Championship — his first start since collapsing at the Masters. 

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Though Spieth has finished second in each of the other three Texas tournaments, he has failed to improve upon the t-16 he posted here as a teenager. 

Last year, Steven Bowditch opened with a 62 and closed with a 64 to earn a surprise victory. He made 27 birdies over four days, but he has struggled mightily so far this season.

The Byron Nelson is played on the entertaining TPC Four Seasons Resort, where Keegan Bradley grabbed the course record when he shot a 60 in 2013.

Birdies will be flying once again this year as this par 70 offers a mixture of risk-reward holes.

Here are this week's top golfers:

Jordan Spieth (world ranking: 2) — Spieth has a lot of pressure on him heading home this week. Questions about his form following Augusta will continue to swirl until he wins again. Texas hasn't been too kind to Spieth in his young career, but this could be the week he breaks through if he can put his slicing woes behind him. Fantasy advice: He might be too expensive this week in a deep field featuring 10 of the top 30 golfers in the world.

Dustin Johnson (8) — Johnson has finished in the top 10 (t-8, t-7) in each of the last two years here. The long-hitting American hasn't won since the WGC-Cadillac Championship last spring, but he's collected 14 top 10s since then. Putting has given Johnson fits at times during that stretch. Yet, he remains one of the favorites every week he tees it up. Fantasy advice: We like Johnson this week. He is a top-10 machine that makes a lot of birdies.

Zach Johnson (18) — It's hard to believe Johnson is 40 years old, but he continues to excel on tour with his fantastic wedge game and putting. Last year's Open Championship winner finished fifth here last season. Though he enters the week without a top 10 in a stroke play event since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Fantasy advice: He should be a safe play as he rarely misses the cut. 

Charl Schwartzel (21) — Winner at the Valspar Championship earlier this year, Schwartzel has three wins in his last nine starts worldwide. Couple that with the fact he's finished in the top 11 two out of the last three years here, and the South African should enjoy a successful week. Fantasy advice: Schwartzel has not played since missing the cut at the Masters, but he's an intriguing play in bigger tournaments.

Matt Kuchar (23) — Kuchar looked sharp while finishing t-3 at the Players Championship last week. Often smiling, Kuchar now has four top 10s this season as he looks to rebound from a poor year last year. He finished t-7 here in 2014. Fantasy advice: When Kuchar is in form he's a virtual lock for a top 10. Play with confidence.

Others to watch:

Louis Oosthuizen, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee, Brandt Snedeker

Sleepers:

Tony Finau, Jonas Blixt, Bud Cauley, Charley Hoffman, Colt Knost

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