The PGA Tour heads for Texas this week and the AT&T Byron Nelson. Steven Bowditch is the defending champion and Jordan Spieth is looking to win in his hometown.
Jordan Spieth seeks hometown success, but his form in this event hasn’t been great in the past. His best result in this tournament is a tie for 16th, which he recorded as a teenager back in 2010. He’s still looking to win in Texas on the PGA Tour after three runner-up finishes.
Jordan Spieth putting drill:
The TPC Four Seasons course at Las Colinas was originally designed by Jay Morrish back in 1982 but, after the 2007 tournament, D.A Weibring and Steve Wolfard oversaw a major redesign of the layout – reshaping greens and bringing more water into play. The layout now poses a more strategic test and demands creativity and solid shot-making.
This tournament began life back in 1926 as the Dallas Open. It was renamed as the Byron Nelson Classic in 1968. Since then Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have been champions.
Last year the tournament was completed despite torrential rain during the week. Steven Bowditch of Australia came out on top, aided by a 62 in the first round.
The weather forecast looks unsettled with thunderstorms a distinct possibility.
Venue: TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
Date: May 19-22
Course stats: par 70, 7,166 yards
Purse: $7,300,000 Winner: $1,314,000
Defending Champion: Steven Bowditch (-18)
Thursday 19 – Sky Sports 4 from 9pm
Friday 20 – Sky Sports 4 from 9pm
Saturday 21 – Sky Sports 4 from 6.30pm
Sunday 22 – Sky Sports 4 from 6.30pm
Charley Hoffman – He’s on solid form with a number of good finishes in recent weeks, including a victory in the Valero Texas Open. He has a good record in this event and was joint second last season.
Matt Kuchar – He hadn’t been showing his best form until a tie for third last week. That could inspire him to even better things this week at a venue where he has never missed the cut.
Ryan Palmer – He’s one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour and has made 12 straight cuts leading into this week. He has two top-10 finishes in this event since he lost a playoff for the title to Keegan Bradley in 2011.
Key hole: 16th. A par-5 of 546 yards, this is a definite birdie hole. It always ranks as one of the easiest holes on the course and, if a player fails to make birdie here down the stretch, he’ll feel as though he’s dropped a shot.