The TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas had a fairly dramatic overhaul for last season’s Byron Nelson Championship. D.A Weibring, with the assistance of J.J Henry and Harrison Frazar, altered every tee, green and fairway, rebuilt 70 bunkers and lengthened the par 70 course to 7,166 yards.
As a result Adam Scott’s winning total in 2008 was considerably higher than in previous championships. In fact, you have to look back to 1984 to find a four round total higher than that of the Australian. Scott was matched on 273 in 2008 by Ryan Moore, but the talented Aussie came through a playoff at the third extra hole.
Scott will be back at Las Colinas to defend his title, but he’s missed the cut in his last five starts and will not be considered amongst the favourites for this week.
Ian Poulter will likely be in the running. The Englishman has enjoyed an excellent run of form in the States over recent weeks and he finished in a tie for third in this tournament back in 2007.
Venue: TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Texas
Date: May 21-24
Course stats: par 70, 7,166 yards
Purse: $6,500,000, Winner: $1,170,000
Defending champion: Adam Scott (-7)
Thursday 21st – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Friday 22nd – Live on Setanta Golf from 8pm
Saturday 23rd – Live on Setanta Golf from 6pm
Sunday 24th – Live on Setanta Golf from 6pm
Justin Leonard – He’s on solid form and recorded another top-10 last week. He hasn’t missed a cut in this event since 2000.
Ian Poulter – The Englishman is enjoying an excellent run of form that’s seen him into the top-20 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Next thing for Poults? A victory.
Key Hole: 17th. A 198 yard par-3 played into an amphitheatre style green. The putting surface has been reshaped so more balls will filter down towards the cup, but water waits just off the green’s edge to collect slightly wayward shots.
Skills Required: Creativity D.A Weibring’s re-design has challenged the players to be more creative with their choices from tee to green. They’ll need a full arsenal of shots to end the week on top.