Ranking the Byron Nelson field: Everyone's playing for 2nd
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The 156-man field is set to compete for the AT&T Byron Nelson title this week at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. This is the first time Trinity Forest will host a PGA Tour event, and it's unlike any other venue on the schedule - a links-type track full of wild green complexes, extensive bunkering, and extremely wide fairways.

Here, we rank the field's top 10 players (betting odds in brackets).

10. Brandt Snedeker (40-1)

Snedeker's world-class short game and putting will put him in the mix this week as Trinity Forest's undulating greens are tough to hit. He should be able to handle the strong Texas winds too, since he's one of the best wind players on Tour - proven when he shot 69 in 40-mph winds at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open, almost nine shots better than the field average.

9. Hideki Matsuyama (22-1)

Matsuyama is one of the elites in the field in terms of talent and world ranking, but he's only got a single top-five finish this year. He missed the cut at The Players because he went 7-over on No. 17 alone. He can regain his form in an instant, though, and no one should be shocked if he is in contention this week.

8. Sergio Garcia (18-1)

Garcia's recent results are cause for some concern. He missed back-to-back cuts, then looked extremely disinterested in last week's final round at The Players, ending up in 70th. However, Garcia is a two-time Byron Nelson winner and his success on links-type tracks is incredible, with 10 top-10 finishes in his last 18 Open Championship appearances.

7. Jimmy Walker (20-1)

The Texas resident is playing extremely well as of late, coming fourth at this year's Texas Open and tying for second at The Players. With a win at the 2015 Texas Open and a runner-up finish at the 2015 Byron Nelson, Walker is no stranger to performing well in the Lone Star State.

6. Beau Hossler (28-1)

The PGA Tour rookie is off to an impressive start with a runner-up finish at the Houston Open already under his belt. Hossler is a member at Trinity Forest and went to school at the University of Texas, so the course and conditions will be no shock to him whatsoever.

5. Matt Kuchar (18-1)

Kuchar enters the week as the second betting favorite behind Spieth. His consistency is off the charts, with his streak of consecutive cuts made sitting at 30, but his ability to win is questionable. His familiarity with links golf should help this week - he's played in 12 Open Championships and came in second last year.

4. Adam Scott (22-1)

Scott put the long putter back in his bag two weeks ago and has been playing better since. He gained 2.36 strokes putting last week en route to his tied-for-11th finish at The Players. Scott needs to climb into the top 60 in the world golf rankings to receive an exemption into the 2018 U.S. Open, and a high finish this week would certainly help.

3. Branden Grace (20-1)

Branden Grace flies under the radar in most events, but the South African is among the favorites this week as a strong links player who can handle the potentially high Texas winds. He's made 17 consecutive cuts.

2. Marc Leishman (22-1)

The Aussie should be right at home, as Trinity Forest has the feel of an Australian sandbelt design and should play like an Open Championship. Leishman has three top-six results in four years in Open Championships, and his remarkable short game should keep him in contention.

1. Jordan Spieth (9-2)

Spieth is a founding member at Trinity Forest, a course that fits his game perfectly. The creativity and imagination required to play the links-like layout are right in the Texas native's wheelhouse. His approach game and scrambling ability rank among the best in the world. Spieth is head and shoulders above the rest of the field.

(Odds courtesy: Bodog)
(Photos courtesy: Getty Images)

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