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Will Zalatoris looks to earn his first victory this weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

The PGA Tour plays its final event ahead of the PGA Championship this week in McKinney, Texas, the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch.

Max Homa took a two-shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship last week, fending off a fading Keegan Bradley, Matt Fitzpatrick and Cameron Young.

There will be a loaded fielded near Dallas starting Thursday, including multiple major champions. The list includes native son Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Texan Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka.

TPC Craig Ranch is a par-72, spanning 7,438 yards. And it can be had. All four par-5s present easy birdie opportunities. Last year's winning score by KH Lee under soggy conditions was 25-under.

Bradley's T-2 at the Wells Fargo allowed us to cash on our top-10 pick at +300. We were less fortunate with our selections to win (Tony Finau, T-41) and finish top 5 (Abraham Ancer, T-56).

A new week presents a new opportunity for FrontPageBets, so let's get to it.  

(Odds courtesy of DraftKings.) 

The favorite: Scheffler (+700)

The reigning Masters champion makes himself at home on this course, one he's played many times. Scheffler, the World No. 1, boasts four victories on the season and will be tough to beat in Texas. Will he tune up for the season's second major with another victory? Oddsmakers think so.

Pick to win:  Will Zalatoris (+1400)

Zalatoris has been consistently successful this season, without yet winning. He has five top-10 finishes, including two second-place finishes. His iron play will be the difference here. Key stat: He is second on Tour in strokes gained approach the green (1.048).

Top 5: Koepka (+650)

Koepka has been strong on another Tom Weiskopf course, TPC Scottsdale. He has two wins at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and despite having an uneven campaign to this point, he should be a factor. He has a pair of top-5s and a T-12 to show thus far.

Top 10: Jhonattan Vegas (+500)

Vegas, a University of Texas product, showed flashes of good play last week, finishing T-15. He owns one top-10 this season at the Corales Puntacana Championship, and has been in the top 15 on three occasions. 

More notable AT&T Byron Nelson odds to win

Justin Thomas (+900)

Xander Schauffele (+1800)

Dustin Johnson (+1800)

Sam Burns (+2000)

Jordan Spieth (+2200)

Hideki Matsuyama (+2800)


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Gerry Ahern is senior content editor for FrontPageBets. A 35-year veteran sports editor and digital media executive, he has led coverage of the biggest events in sports, from Super Bowls, to Final Fours, to Olympics, to the Masters. 

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