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PGA - AT&T Byron Nelson Preview

Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
Course Architect: | Par: 70 | Yardage: 7,166

Hole By Hole

Front Nine: Par 35 3,690 yds

  • 1 - Par 4 458 yds
  • 2 - Par 3 221 yds
  • 3 - Par 4 528 yds
  • 4 - Par 4 431 yds
  • 5 - Par 3 174 yds
  • 6 - Par 4 448 yds
  • 7 - Par 5 542 yds
  • 8 - Par 4 461 yds
  • 9 - Par 4 427 yds

Back Nine: Par 35 3,476 yds

  • 10 - Par 4 435 yds
  • 11 - Par 4 323 yds
  • 12 - Par 4 455 yds
  • 13 - Par 3 180 yds
  • 14 - Par 4 406 yds
  • 15 - Par 4 504 yds
  • 16 - Par 5 546 yds
  • 17 - Par 3 198 yds
  • 18 - Par 4 429 yds

Tournament Info

Annual
62nd
Television
Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 4-7 p.m. (et), - Thursday/Friday -- 8-11 p.m. (et) - replay, - Saturday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et), CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et), Golf Channel - Sunday -- 7-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion
Brendon Todd
Runner-Up
Mike Weir
Tournament Record
261 (Rory Sabbatini, 2009)
54-Hole Record
194 (Loren Roberts, 1999)
36-Hole Record
128 (Lee Rinker, Tiger Woods, 1997; Steve Pate, Tiger Woods, 1999)
Course Record
60 (Keegan Bradley, 2013)
18-Hole Record
60 (Sam Snead, 1957 - Glen Lakes Country Club; Arron Oberholser, 2006 - Cottonwood Valley)
Total Purse
$7,100,000
Shares
1st Place - $1,278,000; 2nd Place - $745,200; 3rd Place - $469,200

Tournament Finishes

2014

  • Brendon Todd (266)
  • Mike Weir (268)
  • Charles Howell III (270)
  • Marc Leishman (270)
  • James Hahn (271)
  • Boo Weekley (271)
  • Graham DeLaet (272)
  • Dustin Johnson (272)
  • Matt Kuchar (272)
  • Gary Woodland (272)

Past Winners

2014

Winner:
Brendon Todd (266)
Runner Up:
Mike Weir

2013

Winner:
Sang-Moon Bae (267)
Runner Up:
Keegan Bradley

2012

Winner:
Jason Dufner (269)
Runner Up:
Dicky Pride

2011

Winner:
*Keegan Bradley (277)
Runner Up:
Ryan Palmer

2010

Winner:
Jason Day (270)
Runner Up:
Brian Gay, Blake Adams, Jeff Overton

2009

Winner:
Rory Sabbatini (261)
Runner Up:
Brian Davis

2008

Winner:
*Adam Scott (273)
Runner Up:
Ryan Moore

2007

Winner:
Scott Verplank (267)
Runner Up:
Luke Donald

2006

Winner:
Brett Wetterich (268)
Runner Up:
Trevor Immelman

2005

Winner:
Ted Purdy (265)
Runner Up:
Sean O'Hair

2004

Winner:
*Sergio Garcia (270)
Runner Up:
Robert Damron, Dudley Hart

2003

Winner:
Vijay Singh (265)
Runner Up:
Nick Price

2002

Winner:
Shigeki Maruyama (266)
Runner Up:
Ben Crane

2001

Winner:
*Robert Damron (263)
Runner Up:
Scott Verplank

2000

Winner:
*Jesper Parnevik (269)
Runner Up:
Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III

1999

Winner:
*Loren Roberts (262)
Runner Up:
Steve Pate

1998

Winner:
John Cook (265)
Runner Up:
Fred Couples, Hal Sutton, Harrison Frazar

1997

Winner:
Tiger Woods (263)
Runner Up:
Lee Rinker

1996

Winner:
Phil Mickelson (265)
Runner Up:
Craig Parry

1995

Winner:
Ernie Els (263)
Runner Up:
Mike Heinen, D.A. Weibring, Robin Freeman

1994

Winner:
*#Neal Lancaster (132)
Runner Up:
David Ogrin, David Edwards, Mark Carnevale, Tom Byrum, Yoshinori Mizumaki

1993

Winner:
Scott Simpson (270)
Runner Up:
Corey Pavin, D.A. Weibring

1992

Winner:
*#Billy Ray Brown (199)
Runner Up:
Ray Floyd, Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke

1991

Winner:
Nick Price (270)
Runner Up:
Craig Stadler

1990

Winner:
#Payne Stewart (202)
Runner Up:
Lanny Wadkins

1989

Winner:
*Jodie Mudd (265)
Runner Up:
Larry Nelson

1988

Winner:
*Bruce Lietzke (271)
Runner Up:
Clarence Rose

1987

Winner:
*Fred Couples (266)
Runner Up:
Mark Calcavecchia

1986

Winner:
Andy Bean (269)
Runner Up:
Mark Wiebe

1985

Winner:
*Bob Eastwood (272)
Runner Up:
Payne Stewart

1984

Winner:
Craig Stadler (276)
Runner Up:
David Edwards

1983

Winner:
Ben Crenshaw (273)
Runner Up:
Hal Sutton, Brad Bryant

1982

Winner:
Bob Gilder (266)
Runner Up:
Curtis Strange

1981

Winner:
*Bruce Lietzke (281)
Runner Up:
Tom Watson

1980

Winner:
Tom Watson (274)
Runner Up:
Bill Rogers

1979

Winner:
*Tom Watson (275)
Runner Up:
Bill Rogers

1978

Winner:
Tom Watson (272)
Runner Up:
Lee Trevino

1977

Winner:
Ray Floyd (276)
Runner Up:
Ben Crenshaw

1976

Winner:
Mark Hayes (273)
Runner Up:
Don Bies

1975

Winner:
Tom Watson (269)
Runner Up:
Bob E. Smith

1974

Winner:
Buddy Allin (269)
Runner Up:
Charles Coody, Homero Blancas, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson

1973

Winner:
*Lanny Wadkins (277)
Runner Up:
Dan Sikes

1972

Winner:
*Chi Chi Rodriguez (273)
Runner Up:
Billy Casper

1971

Winner:
Jack Nicklaus (274)
Runner Up:
Jerry McGee, Frank Beard

1970

Winner:
*Jack Nicklaus (274)
Runner Up:
Arnold Palmer

1969

Winner:
Bruce Devlin (277)
Runner Up:
Frank Beard, Bruce Crampton

1968

Winner:
Miller Barber (270)
Runner Up:
Kermit Zarley

1967

Winner:
Bert Yancey (274)
Runner Up:
Roberto de Vicenzo

1966

Winner:
Roberto de Vicenzo (276)
Runner Up:
Ray Floyd, Joe Campbell, Harold Henning

1965

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1964

Winner:
Charles Coody (271)
Runner Up:
Jerry Edwards

1963

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1962

Winner:
Billy Maxwell (277)
Runner Up:
Johnny Pott

1961

Winner:
Earl Stewart, Jr. (278)
Runner Up:
Gay Brewer, Doug Sanders, Arnold Palmer

1960

Winner:
*Johnny Pott (275)
Runner Up:
Bo Winninger, Ted Kroll

1959

Winner:
Julius Boros (274)
Runner Up:
Earl Stewart Jr, Dow Finsterwald, Bo Winninger

1958

Winner:
*Sam Snead (272)
Runner Up:
Gary Player, Julius Boros, John McMullin

1957

Winner:
Sam Snead (264)
Runner Up:
Billy Maxwell, Cary Middlecoff, Bob Inman

1956

Winner:
*Peter Thomson (267)
Runner Up:
Gene Littler, Cary Middlecoff

1956

Winner:
Don January (268)
Runner Up:
Dow Finsterwald, Doug Ford

1955

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1954

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1953

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1952

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1951

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1950

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1949

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1948

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1947

Winner:
Not Held
Runner Up:

1946

Winner:
Ben Hogan (284)
Runner Up:
Herman Keiser, Paul Runyan

1945

Winner:
Sam Snead (276)
Runner Up:
Harold McSpaden

1944

Winner:
Byron Nelson (276)
Runner Up:
Harold McSpaden
* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders

Player2008200920102011201220132014---
Brendon Todd---mc------mcT-17Won
Mike Weir---T-16---mcmcT-332nd
Marc Leishman---T-8T-12mcT-3T-12T-3
Matt KucharT-42T-39---T-6T-15T-33T-7
Dustin JohnsonT-63T-4T-7T-20------T-7
Charl Schwartzel---------------3rdT-11
Ryan Palmermcmcmc2ndT-9T-33T-22
Keegan Bradley---------WonT-242ndT-29
Jimmy WalkerT-35T-23T-53mcT-29T-27T-37
Jordan Spieth------T-16T-32---T-68T-37
Vijay Singh---T-16mcT-27T-9T-78T-37
Rory SabbatinimcWonT-43mcmcT-43T-45
Jason Dufner---------T-8WonT-33T-48
Sangmoon Bae---------------Wonmc
Brooks Koepka------------------mc
Jason Day------Won5thT-9T-27---
Ian PoulterT-35mc---------------
Zach Johnson---------------------
Brandt Snedeker---------------------

Sports Network Selections

Pick To Win:
Ian Poulter
Darkhorse
Danny Lee
Last Week's Pick To Win - Zach Johnson
Finished tied for 19th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Robert Streb
NOTES: The PGA Tour remains in the Lone Star State for one of the most storied events on tour, as players begin gearing up for the U.S. Open Championship in three weeks. Eight of the top 25 players in the world, including Masters champion and Texas native Jordan Spieth are expected to compete. The purse increased $200,000 from last year to $7.1 million, with the winner receiving $1,278,000. Spieth is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2 in the world. He finished tied for second last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth. Spieth has two wins and three runner-up finishes this season. He currently leads the money list with over $5.6 million in earnings. Spieth finished tied for 16th at this tournament in 2010 as a 16-year-old in his first PGA Tour event. The 9th-oldest tournament on tour -- not including the majors -- the AT&T Byron Nelson is one of only two events named for a player. The other event is the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which was known as the Bay Hill Invitational until 2007. Nelson has had his name attached to this tournament since 1968. This will be the ninth staging since Nelson passed away at the age of 94 in September of 2006. This week, Brendon Todd will try to become the first player since Tom Watson in 1978-80 to successfully defend his title. Only Watson, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus have won consecutive titles, with Watson winning three in a row. Previous winners of this prestigious event include: Snead, Nicklaus, Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Payne Stewart, Nick Price, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott. International players have had great success the past several years, winning seven times in the last 13 seasons. Last year, Brendon Todd carded rounds of 68-64-68-66 to claim his first PGA Tour title. Todd ended at 14-under-par 266 at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas for a 2-stroke victory over Mike Weir. Todd became the 11th player to capture his first PGA Tour victory at this event, joining Don January (1956), Charles Coody (1964), Mark Hayes (1976), Neal Lancaster (1994), Robert Damron (2000), Ted Purdy (2005), Brett Wetterich (2006), Jason Day (2010), Keegan Bradley (2011) and Sangmoon Bae (2013). In 2011, Bradley parred the first playoff hole to defeat Ryan Palmer and earn his first PGA Tour title. He became the first rookie to win this tournament. Bradley shot rounds of 66-71-72-68 to get in at 3-under-par 277. Palmer rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Palmer's birdie on the 18th was one of just two on that hole in the final round. Bradley went on to win the PGA Championship in 2011 in his first appearance in a major and was named the 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Bradley's 3-under-par total in 2011 was the highest winning score in relation to par since Bruce Lietzke's 1-over-par total in 1981. It was the highest in a non-major since David Duval's 3-under winning score at the 1999 Players Championship. Rory Sabbatini grabbed the lead for good with a birdie on the 11th hole in the final round, but needed four more birdies to secure his 2009 win. Sabbatini closed with a 6-under 64 to finish with a 72-hole scoring record of 19-under- par 261. He bested the old mark of 262, which Loren Roberts and Steve Pate set in 1999. The win was Sabbatini's fifth on the PGA Tour. With the victory, Sabbatini became the 14th player to win Nelson's and Ben Hogan's (Colonial) tournaments. His final-round, 6-under 64 was the lowest final round by a winner at this event since Peter Thomson fired a 63 in 1956. In one of the most emotional victories on tour, Scott Verplank captured the 2007 tournament, as he fashioned four sub-70 scores to clip Luke Donald by a shot. The Dallas resident, who had strong ties to the late tournament host, overcame a 3-shot deficit during the final day to claim his fifth career win. The victory came in his 21st appearance at the tournament, the most starts by a winner claiming his first Byron Nelson title. Verplank became the sixth player over the age of 40 to win here, joining Snead (1957-58), Roberto de Vicenzo (1966), John Cook (1998), Roberts (1999) and Singh (2003). Woods missed the cut at the 2005 event. It marked the first time he missed a cut on the PGA Tour since he withdrew from the 1998 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, ending his PGA Tour record of 142 consecutive events in the money. In nine appearances at this tournament, Woods has six top-5 finishes, including a win in 1997. Nelson won the first Nelson Championship in 1944 and went on to win the season-long money title. There have been five other players to accomplish that feat: Hogan (1946), Nicklaus (1971), Watson (1978-80), Woods (1997) and Singh (2003). Watson, a 4-time winner, has finished in the top ten 14 times and made the cut in 23 of 28 Nelsons. The PGA Tour travels to Ohio next week for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, where Hideki Matsuyama will defend his title. 05/26 16:15:26 ET
 
 
 
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