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AT&T Byron Nelson 2022 Leaderboard: Ryan Palmer leads a large Dallas contingent after Round 2 at TPC Craig Ranch

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Overnight leader at TPC Craig Ranch has been caught as Sebastian Munoz could only do so much after his record-breaking first round at the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson. Backing up his 12-under 60 with a respectable 3-under 69, the Colombian joined Ryan Palmer and David Skinns at the top of the standings at 15 under par.

Palmer put together the day’s round and continued his dominance of the par 5s en route to a 10-under 62. Playing those eight holes at 9-under to this point, the 45-year-old has once again put his best foot forward. forward in his home state of Texas. Last in contention at the Texas Open in early April, Palmer finally lost his stride over the 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 guys are … you have to play great golf to beat them,” Palmer said. “I played really well in San Antonio, leading after two days and we’re back here right now, I’m sure I’ll be back one or two tomorrow, but we’re in position again and I’ll learn from what we learned in San Antonio and try to do it here.” .

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The leaders

T1. Ryan Palmer, David Skinns, Sebastian Munoz (-fifteen): Lost in the shuffle of two Texas boys is the best officer, David Skinns. The 40-year-old’s story has been well documented, but it’s worth reviewing just how amazing his rise to the PGA Tour was.

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

other contenders

4. Bottom Justin (-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 the lead is actually 12 below. Spieth, Niemann and the defending champion sit at this number and should have a say in this tournament on Sunday over the back nine.

Niemann is of particular interest — not for his short game, but rather his lack of success with his irons thus far. Getting around TPC Craig Ranch effectively without the help of his scoring clubs makes Niemann’s performance to this point all the more impressive. If those clubs approach him, the 23-year-old would like his chances of his second trophy of the season.

Spieth goes to Spieth

Before you had time to finish your first cup of coffee, Jordan Spieth was in trouble. With his ball resting against a tree on the 10th fairway (his first hole of the day), the Dallas native gave the Texas crowd something to celebrate. He didn’t stop there, as Spieth added eight birdies against just one bogey en route to a second-round 7-under 65.

At 12 under, Spieth trails the leaders by just three shots heading into the weekend. Already a winner of the Texas Open and Charles Schwab, the AT&T Byron Nelson Trophy must surely have a place reserved for him in the mantle of 28-year-old Texas size.

“I tried to push for so many years and it never worked. Last year, I think on Sunday I really tried to push, I knew I needed a low one, I think I just shot 1 low or something,” Spieth said. “In a good position, but who’s to say 20-under isn’t leading at the end of this day, so he could be way behind. Put the ball in the fairway, you really can get to any pin anywhere…there’s a par You have to watch out for the holes and be careful, but the rest of it is kind of point, point, shoot. So it all comes down to putting.”

Scheffler shows determination

Golf is a game of failures. It’s not always about how good your good is, but rather how bad your bad is. After a triple bogey on the par-4 13th hole, World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler saw his name roll off the projected cut-off line as he dropped to 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 at 7-under, the former Texas Longhorn not only played into the weekend, but better yet, he played into contention.

Scheffler, who has won four times in his previous six singles tournaments, heads to the back half of AT&T Byron Nelson with a chance to make his 2022 even more memorable. He’ll have a lot of work ahead of him, but it’s about time we stop doubting what this 25-year-old is capable of.

You should probably bet on Hideki to win the PGA Championship

I was lucky enough to attend the CBS Media call ahead of next week’s PGA Championship, and parallels with another major championship were mentioned numerous times. Since Gil Hanse restored Southern Hills in 2019, the need to compare the property to Augusta National has been apparent.

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

A multiple-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, Matsuyama’s neck injury took a 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 the AT&T Byron Nelson. Finally healthy, if he somehow can get his third win of the season this week at Texas, you have to imagine his 35-1 price tag will only get more expensive in Oklahoma.

Updated odds and forecasts

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

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

Usually the big boys have a portion of their prices taken off due to the namesake, and this is the case heading into the weekend. We’re already involved with Thomas in a similar number leading up to the tournament, but the best value on the current odds board is undoubtedly Lee. The defending champion impressed alongside Spieth and Scheffler the first two days and should have no trouble making up a three-shot deficit over the final 36 holes.

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