CJ Cup Byron Nelson, Adam Scott favourite

In the extensive history of the Byron Nelson tournament, which this year adopts the name CJ Cup Byron Nelson, only two players have won it more than twice

by Andrea Gussoni
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CJ Cup Byron Nelson, Adam Scott favourite
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In the extensive history of the Byron Nelson tournament, which this year adopts the name CJ Cup Byron Nelson, only two players have won it more than twice. One is Tom Watson, who achieved victory in 1975 and then from 1978 to 1980, while the other is Sam Snead, one of the greatest golfers of the post-war era, triumphing in 1945, 1957, and 1958.

However, there's someone who aims to match them.

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That someone is Jason Day. The Australian returns aiming not only for a repeat of his 2022 win but also to achieve a hat-trick, considering he also won the event in 2010 at McKinney, on the TPC Craig Ranch course.

With a field open, especially with Will Zalatoris withdrawing, Day has concrete chances. The competition will be fierce, with his compatriot Adam Scott also in contention, having won in 2008 and showing strong form in 2024.

Other favorites include Tom Hoge, who seems to excel in this context, and the Swedish player Alex Noren, who has had consistent performances here, finishing 21st in 2021 and 12th in 2022. He might improve on one of those finishes and leave the other behind, but only time will tell.

Also, keep an eye on the German Stephan Jaeger, who has been the only one capable of stopping Scottie Scheffler in recent weeks. Adam Derek Scott AM, born on July 16, 1980, is an Australian professional golfer primarily competing on the PGA Tour.

He held the prestigious World No. 1 ranking in golf from mid-May to August 2014. Throughout his career, Scott has claimed victory in 31 professional tournaments worldwide, with three of them being unofficial money events, spanning across various major golf tours.

Scott's most notable triumph to date came at the 2013 Masters Tournament, marking his sole major championship victory and making him the first Australian to win the Masters. Among his significant wins are the 2004 Players Championship, the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

However, he also faced a memorable setback in the 2012 Open Championship, where he held a four-stroke lead with four holes remaining, only to bogey each of them and ultimately lose the title by a single stroke to Ernie Els.

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