For the first time, the AT&T Byron Nelson was played at Trinity Forest Golf Club — a relatively new track just outside of Dallas. While the reviews were mixed, there’s no arguing that the course was eminently gettable all week long — and the aforementioned Wise got it!
Unfortunately for him, his 1,036,000 check and that victory wasn’t enough for him to get out of the friend zone.
But let’s not focus on the negatives…
The fact of the matter is, Aaron Wise was dominating. He may have only won by three strokes over Aussie Marc Leishman, but Wise was in control from round one until the final putt fell on Sunday. The key to his first win? The big dog — Wise his 50/56 fairways for the week. That’s always a key on a links course where accuracy is at a premium.
While Wise was busy taking everyone to school at Trinity Forest Golf Club, there were plenty of players whose weeks feel somewhere between the champ and that of 2001 Open Champion, David Duval, who finished DFL at +11 for the week.
Here’s a look at those who loved the layout at the new Trinity Forest Golf Club and those who miss the Four Seasons.
Aaron Wise — Obviously, you’ve got to put the winner here. Aaron Wise had himself a career week in Dallas last week, collecting PGA Tour win No. 1. On top of taking home the million dollar-plus winner’s check, he also punched his ticket to the Masters in 2019. That’s a pretty good week! Wise proved that ignorance is bliss, winning the inaugural AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club, book-ending rounds of 63 and 68 on Friday and Saturday with rounds of 65 on Thursday and Sunday.
Marc Leishman — Arguably the most underrated player on the Tour, Marc Leishman made plenty of noise last week in Dallas. The highest ranked Australian on the planet opened the week in stellar fashion, posting a course-record 61. Leishman followed that up with three rounds in the 60’s — 66, 69 and 68 — but it wasn’t enough to catch eventual champion, Wise. Leishman hasn’t picked up a win just yet — but he’s a good bet to do so in the coming weeks and months.
Jordan Spieth — It’s not surprising that Jordan Spieth has been struggling with his putting a bit lately since he seems to slump a bit early each summer. No worries — I’m sure he’ll win a major when we least expect it. Last week, however, Spieth chalked up his poor putting on the greens of the new Trinity Forest Golf Club. The three-time major champion said he had difficulty reading the greens — something he stated was never a problem for him at the tournament’s former host — Four Seasons Resort. It’s unfair to throw shade at Spieth — but it’s not what fantasy owners wanted to hear from the Texas native after his T-11 finish.
Adam Scott — It’s a little hard for me to put Adam Scott in the bogeys category this week — but I’ll explain why I felt I had to. Scott, who managed to pick up a T-9 finish at Trinity Forest, hasn’t won on Tour since 2013 when donned the green jacket. So, you’d think that’d be enough to make him a fantasy ace last week — but you’d be wrong. Scott opened the week with rounds of 67 and 65 before stumbling around on Saturday — moving day of all days — to a 1-over 72 before shooting 65 on Sunday. Simply put — it should have been better for Scott and all those taking a flyer on the major champ last week.
Matt Kuchar — Death, Taxes and Matt Kuchar being a fantasy bust. Seems to be the three things in this world you can count on these days. To be honest, it’s kind of scary to think about how off Kuchar has been since his devastating loss at the Open last summer. Normally a fantasy stalwart, Kuchar has had his share of OK weeks — but for the most part, Kuchar has been down-right disappointing. Until he does something noteworthy, Kuchar should remain on your bench for the foreseeable future.
Sergio Garcia — Similar but opposite to Kuchar, Sergio Garcia has been a fantasy disaster since he won the Masters in 2017. I don’t blame him — after the wait he endured to become a major champion, he’s more than entitled to a fantasy funk. That said, we should remain skeptical about his usefulness in our lineups until he shows us he’s back.