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As predicted in this space a week ago, fantasy scoring exploded at the AT&T Byron Nelson because Driving is weighted in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO. This was due to the absence of intermediate and primary rough at Trinity Forest.

The entry, Undercover, won the tournament with a whopping 1,922 points, easily a season-high total by any gamer. Entering the week, Grodo’s 1,668 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open was atop the charts. Only four other weekly leaders eclipsed 1,600 points.

Trinity Forest yielded a fairways-hit percentage of 79.50. That’s the highest since SilverRock’s 81.37 percent as a co-host of the CareerBuilder Challenge in 2011. Of the 1,386 courses measured since the statistic was first maintained in 1992, Trinity Forest’s clip ranks 21st-highest. (SilverRock’s 85.32 percent in 2010 is the record.)

Meanwhile, we’re encroaching on that time of year that gamers covet as decorated amateurs joins the ranks of the play-for-pay contingent. For example, Joaquin Niemann cannonballed into the pool with a solo sixth at the Valero Texas Open. Next week, 2017 U.S. Amateur champion Doc Redman will turn professional for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. As a result, he forfeits exemptions into the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. Currently 22nd in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the sophomore at Clemson will lead the Tigers into the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, later this week.

Brooks Koepka … Lands here almost by default because of who he is, not because he’s a shrewd investment. He’s making his tournament debut, which automatically eliminates him as a favorite at Colonial. However, there’s reason to be hopeful after a T11 at THE PLAYERS where he ranked 10th in strokes gained: tee-to-green, eighth in proximity and second in scrambling. The Fort Worth Invitational is just his fourth start since returning from injury, so he’s also more refreshed and recharged than just about everyone else in the field. That bodes well with his title defense at the U.S. Open looming on the horizon.

Kevin Na … He’s as much of a moving target as any talent on the board, but with a sturdy record at Colonial (9-for-11 with three top 10s and another three top 25s) and a T6 at Trinity Forest fueling the feels, this sets up as a good time to pounce.

Xander Schauffele … On a lesser scale, he’s executing with the kind of mold-breaking form with which Jon Rahm crashed onto the PGA TOUR. Schauffele’s latest example occurred at TPC Sawgrass where he pieced together four good rounds for a share of second place. That’s the kind of thing that’s not supposed to happen for debutants on that course. The rise has been remarkable, too. At this time last year, the then-PGA TOUR rookie was outside the top 335 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Today, he’s 23rd.

Adam Hadwin … The 30-year-old Canuck was the last man cut from the Power Rankings. He’s in his fourth consecutive start at Colonial with a T5 (2015) and T22 (2016) already on the books. He’s properly skilled to navigate the relatively short track; in fact, his tee-to-green work is vastly improved over previous seasons. And he’s connected 17 straight paydays to share the lead on TOUR in that quantifiable measurement of confidence.

Steve Stricker … Think he made a wise choice to stick with his commitment to the PGA TOUR Champions’ first major of the year? To wit, he shared runner-up honors at the Regions Tradition after opting for that event over the AT&T Byron Nelson. Now the PGA TOUR wins his appearance over the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship this week. Expect another smart decision to play out. The 2009 champ at Colonial padded a sparkling record here with a T7 last year.

Ryan Palmer … If you polled the locals asking who they wanted to see win the Fort Worth Invitational, he’d probably garner an overwhelming majority of votes. You already know that he’s a member at Colonial, but this is his 15th consecutive appearance since his rookie season of 2004. He’s contended and even came within a whiff of victory two years ago, but he’s yet to pose for pictures wearing the plaid jacket. Alas, if it happens this year, it would be a surprise given lackluster form upon arrival. In the vacuum of last week, he set up wonderfully yet missed the cut by three shots.

Louis Oosthuizen … For a major champion as consistently strong as he’s been (when healthy), he has not connected with success at Colonial. Since a personal-best T19 in 2012, he’s gone T38-WD-MC. He also missed the cut in his last two starts entering this week.

Cameron Smith … In due time, he’ll be a weapon almost everywhere, but the Aussie’s profile doesn’t match up well to Colonial. Not yet, at least. The brush stroke is that he prefers to hit it long and salvage what he can around and on greens. Colonial requires finesse and course management. Trap.

Brandt Snedeker … Puts to test the value of success at Colonial. He’s perfect in seven trips with a T2 (2015) and another pair of top 20s, but he arrives having missed three straight cuts. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the Snedeker Foundation is the benefactor of this week‘s Nashville Golf Open on the Tour for the second straight year. So, even if he doesn’t win in Texas, his charity wins in Tennessee.

Sam Burns … With potentially only two more PGA TOUR starts this season, the pressure is on to perform at Colonial where he’s making his debut. His better fit will be at next week’s Memorial where his game off the tee and putting should pay dividends.

Sean O’Hair … Presents as an intriguing option given his T2 at Colonial last year but coming off a withdrawal during THE PLAYERS. He called it quits after one round. An explanation wasn’t released. The 35-year-old is worth the plunge, however. His form for most of 2018 has been solid and he knows Colonial well. Sneak him into a lineup in DFS.

Paul Casey … Poised to compete in this week’s BMW PGA Championship. The Englishman last made headlines as a pre-tournament withdrawal from THE PLAYERS due to discomfort in his back. The following day (Wednesday, May 9), he wrote the following description of his condition on Instagram: "I’ve got sacroiliitis (inflammation of the SI joint) with a sprain of the ligament. Also muscle spasms and leg pain, possible due to the sciatic nerve getting trapped." Given his value in every format, gamers are forced to remain patient.

Peter Uihlein … With a T5 at Wells Fargo, the rookie positioned himself to qualify for the U.S. Open, which he did with a T21 at Trinity Forest after which he fell only two spots to 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He’s already exempt into The Open Championship and will eventually gain entry into the PGA Championship. Despite his worldly experience, it’s still an impressive membership debut for the 28-year-old. For many, his season has done nothing more than fulfill the baseline of expectations, but like all PGA TOUR rookies, he’s still had to execute on several courses he’s never seen or still learning all the while juggling all of the other challenges that go with navigating this circuit.