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AT&T Byron Nelson 2022 Rankings: Ryan Palmer Leads Major Dallas Contingent After Round 2 at TPC Craig Ranch

TPC leader of the day Craig Ranch was caught, as Sebastian Munoz couldn’t do much until after his record-breaking opening round at the AT&T Byron Nelson 2022. Backing his 12 under 60 with a respectable 3 under 69, the Colombian was joined by Ryan Palmer and David Skinns at the top of the standings at 15 under.

Palmer organized the round of the day and continued his par-5 dominance en route to a 10-under 62. Playing those eight holes in 9-under so far, the 45-year-old has once again put his best attacking foot in his home state of Texas. Last in line at the Texas Open in early April, Palmer finally lost the rhythm this weekend at TPC San Antonio.

“It’s so hard to win here. I mean, these guys are so good. I spent 19 years doing this…and these young guys are – you have to play such good golf to beat them,” Palmer said. “I played well in San Antonio, leading after two days and we’re back here right now, I’m sure I’ll be one or two back tomorrow, but we’re in position again and we’ll learn of what we learned in San Antonio and trying to do it here. »

The leaders

T1. Ryan Palmer, David Skinns, Sebastian Munoz (-fifteen): Lost in the mix of two Texas boys is the ultimate companion, David Skinns. The 40-year-old’s story has been well documented, but it’s worth remembering how incredible his rise to the PGA Tour has been.

To say the Englishman’s rookie campaign hasn’t been kind to him would be an understatement. In 15 PGA Tour starts this season, Skinns has collected just six paychecks with his best finish last November at the RSM Classic. Currently 208th in the FedEx Cup standings, a great weekend would go a long way to helping Skinns maintain his status on the PGA Tour.

other suitors

4. Justin Low (-14)

5.Charl Schwartzel (-13)

T6. Jordan Spieth, Joaquin Niemann, KH Lee (-12)

T9. Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Kokrak, Seamus Power, Beau Hossler, Mito Pereira (-11)

There are some fantastic stories at the top of the leaderboard, but it’s realistic to suggest that the lead is actually 12 cents. Spieth, Niemann and the defending champion all sit at this number and should each have a say in this tournament on Sunday on the back nine.

Niemann is particularly interesting — not because of his short game, but rather his lack of success with his irons so far. Moving effectively at TPC Craig Ranch without the help of his scoring clubs makes Niemann’s performance so far all the more impressive. If these clubs come for him, the 23-year-old should relish his chances of winning his second trophy of the season.

Spieth goes Spieth

Before you had time to finish your first cup of coffee, Jordan Spieth had already got himself into trouble. With his ball landing against a tree on the 10th fairway (his first hole of the day), the Dallas native gave the Texas crowd something to cheer about. He wouldn’t stop there, as Spieth fired eight birdies against just one bogey en route to a 7-under 65 second round.

At under 12, Spieth is only three strokes ahead of the leaders heading into the weekend. Already a winner of the Texas Open and Charles Schwab, the AT&T Byron Nelson trophy must surely have a reserved place on the 28-year-old Texas mantle.

“I tried pressing for so many years and it never worked. Last year I think on Sunday I really tried to press, I knew I needed it down, I think I only shot 1 cent or something,” said said Spieth. “In a good position, but who’s to say 20 under isn’t leading at the end of this day, so I could be way behind. Put the ball in the fairway, you really can hit any pin anywhere…there are a few holes you have to be a little careful and careful about, but the rest is more about aim, aim, shoot. So it’s all about making putts.

Scheffler shows determination

Golf is a game of duds. It’s not always about how good your good is, but rather often how bad your bad is. After a triple bogey on the par-4 13th, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler saw his name drift outside the projected cut line as he stood 2 under for the tournament.

What happened over the next 14 holes is exactly why Scheffler is the best player in the game right now. Playing this next stretch in 7 under, not only did the former Texas Longhorn play himself into the weekend, but even better, he played himself into contention.

A four-time winner in his previous six individual tournaments, Scheffler heads to AT&T fullback Byron Nelson with a chance to make his 2022 even more memorable. He will have his work cut out for him, but it’s time we stopped doubting what this 25-year-old is capable of.

You should probably bet on Hideki to win the PGA Championship

I was fortunate enough to be on CBS Media’s call ahead of next week’s PGA Championship, and a certain parallel to another major championship was brought up several times. Since Gil Hanse restored Southern Hills in 2019, the urge to compare the property to Augusta National has become evident.

The Fried Egg mentioned it in their video series (which you should 100% watch) but Dottie Pepper confirmed her thoughts on Wednesday. If that turns out to be the case, who is better placed for such an event than a former Masters champion?

A multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season, Matsuyama’s neck injury has taken its toll on his Florida swing and green jacket defense. Still, he was able to finish tied for 14th at Augusta National and currently leads the field in strokes gained at AT&T Byron Nelson. Finally healthy, if he can somehow earn his third win of the season this week in Texas, you have to imagine his 35-1 price tag will only get more expensive in Oklahoma.

Updated odds and picks

Here’s a look at the odds after 36 holes, courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Sebastien Munoz: 4-1
  • Ryan Palmer: 6-1
  • Jordan Spieth: 7-1
  • Joachim Niemann: 10-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 12-1
  • Justin Thomas: 14-1
  • David Skinns: 14-1
  • Lower Justin: 20-1
  • Myth Pereira: 22-1
  • Charlie Schwartzel: 22-1
  • Scottie Scheffler: 25-1
  • KH Lee: 25-1
  • Jason Kokrak: 25-1
  • Seamus Power: 25-1

The big boys usually have some of their prizes taken away because of the namesake, and that’s before the weekend. We’re already involved with Thomas at a similar number before the tournament, but the best value on the current odds board is undoubtedly Lee. The defending champion impressed alongside Spieth and Scheffler on the first two days and should have no problem overcoming a three-shot deficit over the final 36 holes.

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