Tap’s PGA Tour Roundup: 3 Things from Byron Nelson
With most of the elite players taking the week off from the PGA Tour, a few went down to Dallas for the AT&T Bryon Nelson. The tournament was played at Trinity Forest, a new course, that drew a variety of critiques from players and fans. It’s not often you see a new course get introduced at a regular tournament. I don’t think people expected it to play as easy as it did with the winning score being -23 by rookie Aaron Wise who continues his hot year. Once again, we did not see much from Jordan Spieth who never contended for the title.
Aaron Wise holds the ‘best young golfer no one knows about’ crown – If you’ve watched golf this year, Aaron Wise is a name that pops up on different leaderboards. He’s having a great year. Much similar to the year that Xander Schueffle had last season and notched him Rookie of the Year honors. Wise wins his first tournament, and you get the sense that this will not be his last one. Wise is only 21 years old, and his last three events he finished in the top 15 in all of them. Even though he hails from South Africa, Wise is an American, and someone who may be a sneaky contender for a Ryder Cup spot. That’ a huge moment though for such a young kid.
Jordan Spieth continues a tough season – I’m not ready to think Jordan Spieth will be average all year, but it’s evident that he’s struggling out there overall. He needs something to spark his mojo a little bit. I believe he hoped this tournament would be the key considering he’s one of the few who had played the course and being member, he’s played it regularly. Spieth didn’t even sniff the leaderboard. Even though Shinnecock is a good course for him, Spieth can’t be considered the U.S. Open favorite at this this point.
Hideki Matsuyama looking more like himself – One of the other elite golfers in the Bryon Nelson was Hideki Matsuyama. People did not expect much from him as he’s been struggling after dealing with a wrist injury. Matsuyama had a great weekend and moved up the leaderboard with a 67 on Sunday. The 16th place finish is Matsuyama’s best since the Farmer’s earlier this year right before his wrist injury.
Next up: PGA stays in Texas and the players contend for a goofy plaid jacket for the Fort Worth Invitational. The field is surprisingly deep considering The Memorial is the week after with Spieth, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson.