HP Byron Nelson Championship: 4 Players to Watch on Sunday

Daniel ZhuContributor IMay 19, 2012

HP Byron Nelson Championship: 4 Players to Watch on Sunday

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    After Saturday's third round, a host of the top golfers, including Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, are in the hunt at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

    As Sunday's final round looms just around the corner, the final day should be a thriller to watch, as the top golfers battle it out in the Lone Star State.

    So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, let's take a look at a few players who can capture the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Jason Dufner

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    After winning the Zurich Classic in April, Jason Dufner has elevated his game to a whole new level.

    When we used to think of Dufner, we thought of him as the golfer who bogeyed the last three holes of the 2011 PGA Championship, and lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley.

    After his defining win, we now think of Dufner as a golfer who has plenty of confidence and is in contention nearly every week.

    Now, Dufner has his sights set on the HP Byron Nelson Championship this week, and he looks to capture his second title of the season.

    After solid rounds of 67, 66, and 69, Dufner is the leader at eight-under-par. If he can play consistent golf on Sunday, then expect him to win in 2012 yet again.

Jason Day

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    Jason Day, the young Aussie superstar, has had a rocky 2012 season thus far.

    He withdrew from the Masters and missed the cut last week at the Players Championship, and all in all, he has been playing subpar golf.

    However, with Day at seven-under-par this week heading into the final round, he may be able to steal the spotlight and capture his first victory in the 2012 season.

    Day shot rounds of 68, 68, and 67, starting to show his true form on the golf course.

    Of course, if he can continue his hot play on Sunday, Day has a good chance at winning this championship.

Phil Mickelson

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    Already with a win in 2012, Phil Mickelson's season has been nothing but spectacular.

    Lefty triumphed over Tiger Woods early in the season, gave himself a chance to win the Northern Trust Open, and contended for his fourth green jacket.

    Now, playing in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Mickelson is six back of the leader at two-under-par. He fired decent rounds of 70, 69, and 69, and is certainly not out of it yet.

    Don't write Phil off just yet because if he can play vintage golf and make a Sunday charge, he'll be right in the mix for the title.

Matt Kuchar

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    After winning the Players Championship last week, Matt Kuchar is right back in the mix to capture his second straight title.

    Kuchar's defining win at the Players should give him plenty of confidence heading into Sunday's final round. Kuchar shot solid rounds of 66 and 68, but stumbled in his third round with a 72.

    Currently he finds himself at four-under-par, four back of the leader.

    With his smooth swing and superb touch on the greens, expect him to make a charge on Sunday and capture the title.