Spieth aiming to arrest form slump at AT&T Byron Nelson

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Jordan Spieth returns to Dallas for his hometown event at AT&T Byron Nelson, desperate to get back in the winners' circle.

As the PGA Tour tournament gets underway on Thursday, Dallas-born Spieth is coming off a forgettable showing at last week's Players Championship.

Spieth missed the cut, the second time since January, but home comforts might be enough to see the world number two - grouped with Jason Dufner and Jimmy Walker - back to form, with the likes of Jason Day and Rory McIlroy not in the field.

While Spieth is still searching for his first professional win in Texas following three runners-up placings, the state is a happy stomping ground for defending champion Steven Bowditch, who is seeking a third Tour title.

 

JOHNSON LOOMS LARGE

Looking at Dustin Johnson's past performances, the American is due a win. In his past six starts, the U.S. Open (2015) and The Open runner-up (2011) has three top-five finishes, having placed fourth at the Northern Trust Open and the Masters, while he was third at the Shell Open last month. The 31-year-old is also coming off a personal-best display at TPC Sawgrass - tied for 28th.

 

WEATHER EXPECTED TO CLEAR AT TPC FOUR SEASONS

Golfers and fans should get a full weekend of golf at TPC Four Seasons, weather permitting. While rain and thunderstorms are forecast on Thursday, mostly dry three days thereafter are expected to greet the field.

 

BOTHERED SPIETH SEEKING FORM

Spieth took the sport by storm last year, winning two major titles, but the 22-year-old American has found the going tougher in 2016. Since claiming the Tournament of Champions in January, Spieth has missed the cut twice, including at last week's Players Championship as rival Jason Day extended his lead atop the rankings. It was Spieth's first tournament since his stunning final-round collapse at the Masters in April. And all eyes will be on the Texan this weekend as he bids to arrest his form slump.

 

DEFENDING CHAMP BOWDITCH RETURNS TO HIS FAVOURITE STATE

Bowditch loves playing in Texas, just look at his PGA Tour record. Last year, Bowditch holed 27 birdies and led all four rounds of the tournament as he triumphed by four strokes. It was the Australian's second career win in Texas, having taken out the Valero Texas Open 14 months earlier.

 

DECHAMBEAU STILL ADJUSTING TO PGA TOUR, SPIETH WANTS TO HAVE MORE FUN

Since turning professional and finishing tied for fourth at the RBC Heritage last month, 22-year-old Bryson DeChambeau has missed consecutive cuts at the Valero Texas Open and Wells Fargo Championship. "The last couple events, it's golf," DeChambeau said. "I'm still young, still learning, still figuring out how to get this thing going and, you know, not everybody plays their best every single week."

As Spieth struggles for form, he said: "I need to really focus on staying on the positive because I can hit either extreme this week, trying so hard to play so well in front of so many friends and family. If I can engage with my friends and family maybe and kind of smile more, you know, it's only going to help me on the course if I'm approaching it like it's just another round with friends."