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The AT&T Byron Nelson is a golf tournament in Texas on the PGA Tour. The tournament is held in May, and in 2018 moved to the new Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. It is one of two PGA Tour stops in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – the only metropolitan area to host two events. The tournament is the leading fundraiser for charity on the PGA Tour and has raised more than $143 million.[citation needed] For much of its history, it was the only PGA Tour stop named after a professional golfer; it remains one of only two such events, along with the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As host, Byron Nelson (1912–2006) commonly made appearances during the tournament. It is hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a 600-member civic organization, and has benefited the Club's nonprofit Momentous Institute since its inception.[4][citation needed]

AT&T Byron Nelson
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LocationDallas, Texas, U.S.
Established1944,[1] 75 years ago
Course(s)Trinity Forest Golf Club (2018)
Par71
Length7,380 yards (6,748 m)[2][3]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.9 million
Month playedMay
Aggregate261 Rory Sabbatini (2009),
261 Aaron Wise (2018),
261 Kang Sung-hoon (2019)
To par−23 Aaron Wise (2018),
Kang Sung-hoon (2019)
South Korea Kang Sung-hoon
Dallas is located in the United States
Dallas
Dallas
Location in the United States
Dallas is located in Texas
Dallas
Dallas
Location in Texas

For its first several decades, the tournament was played at a various courses in Dallas. Nelson, a Texas native raised in Fort Worth, was the tournament's first winner in 1944,[5] when it was played at Lakewood Country Club. The following year it was played at Dallas Country Club, and then in 1946 moved to Brook Hollow Golf Club. For the better part of the next decade the event was not contested, until two iterations of it were held in 1956, both at Preston Hollow Country Club. In 1957, the event moved to Glen Lake Country Club before it began a decade-long relationship with Oak Cliff Country Club, from 1958–1967.

In 1968, fifty-one years ago, the event was renamed the Byron Nelson Golf Classic[6][7] and its title, through a series of sponsors, has continuously included Nelson's name. That same year the event moved to Preston Trail Golf Club,[7] where it was played through 1982, then moved to venues in Irving: Las Colinas Sports Club (1983–1985) and TPC at Las Colinas (1986–1993).

Beginning in 1994, the tournament was played at two courses, the Tournament Players Course and the Cottonwood Valley Course, both located at the Four Seasons. Previously only the TPC was used, but since the tournament was played in May (during the height of the North Texas storm season), the weather played havoc with the tournament in some years, causing several delays and shortened tournaments. Therefore, the decision was made to add the Cottonwood Valley course in order to shorten the amount of time needed to complete the first two rounds. The first two rounds were played on both courses (each player played one round on each course); after the cut was determined, the TPC is used exclusively for the final two rounds. However, in 2008 the tournament reverted to using only the TPC course, which was significantly renovated.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) bought the previous title sponsor, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in mid-2008.[8] The agreement ran through 2014, with AT&T becoming the title sponsor in 2015.[9]

In 2018, the tournament moved to the new Trinity Forest Golf Club, southeast of downtown Dallas.[10]

Contents

Course layoutEdit

AT&T Byron Nelson in 2018

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 552 235 412 443 315 420 570 140 505 3,592 416 471 205 480 630 440 429 215 502 3,788 7,380
Par 5 3 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 35 71

Source:[2][3]

  • Hole #11 is a par 5 for members, 537 yards (491 m) from the back tees
  • The approximate average elevation is 390 feet (120 m) above sea level

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Ref
AT&T Byron Nelson
2019 Kang Sung-hoon   South Korea 261 −23 2 strokes   Matt Every
  Scott Piercy
1,422,000 7,900,000
2018 Aaron Wise   United States 261 −23 3 strokes   Marc Leishman 1,386,000 7,700,000
2017 Billy Horschel   United States 268 −12 Playoff   Jason Day 1,350,000 7,500,000
2016 Sergio García (2)   Spain 265 −15 Playoff   Brooks Koepka 1,314,000 7,300,000
2015 Steven Bowditch   Australia 259** −18 4 strokes   Charley Hoffman
  Scott Pinckney
  Jimmy Walker
1,278,000 7,100,000
HP Byron Nelson Championship
2014 Brendon Todd   United States 266 −14 2 strokes   Mike Weir 1,242,000 6,900,000
2013 Bae Sang-moon   South Korea 267 −13 2 strokes   Keegan Bradley 1,206,000 6,700,000
2012 Jason Dufner   United States 269 −11 1 stroke   Dicky Pride 1,170,000 6,500,000
2011 Keegan Bradley   United States 277 −3 Playoff   Ryan Palmer 1,170,000 6,500,000
2010 Jason Day   Australia 270 −10 2 strokes   Blake Adams
  Brian Gay
  Jeff Overton
1,170,000 6,500,000
2009 Rory Sabbatini   South Africa 261 −19 2 strokes   Brian Davis 1,170,000 6,500,000
EDS Byron Nelson Championship
2008 Adam Scott   Australia 273 −7 Playoff   Ryan Moore 1,152,000 6,400,000
2007 Scott Verplank   United States 267 −13 1 stroke   Luke Donald 1,134,000 6,300,000
2006 Brett Wetterich   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Trevor Immelman 1,116,000 6,200,000
2005 Ted Purdy   United States 265 −15 1 stroke   Sean O'Hair 1,116,000 6,200,000
2004 Sergio García   Spain 270 −10 Playoff   Robert Damron
  Dudley Hart
1,044,000 5,800,000
2003 Vijay Singh   Fiji 265 −15 2 strokes   Nick Price 1,008,000 5,600,000
Verizon Byron Nelson Classic
2002 Shigeki Maruyama   Japan 266 −14 2 strokes   Ben Crane 864,000 4,800,000
2001 Robert Damron   United States 263 −17 Playoff   Scott Verplank 810,000 4,500,000
GTE Byron Nelson Classic
2000 Jesper Parnevik   Sweden 269 −11 Playoff   Davis Love III
  Phil Mickelson
720,000 4,000,000
1999 Loren Roberts   United States 262 −18 Playoff   Steve Pate 540,000 3,000,000
GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1998 John Cook   United States 265 −15 3 strokes   Fred Couples
  Harrison Frazar
  Hal Sutton
450,000 2,500,000
1997 Tiger Woods   United States 263 −17 2 strokes   Lee Rinker 324,000 1,800,000
1996 Phil Mickelson   United States 265 −15 2 strokes   Craig Parry 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Ernie Els   South Africa 263 −17 3 strokes   Robin Freeman
  Mike Heinen
  D. A. Weibring
234,000 1,300,000
1994 Neal Lancaster   United States 132^ −9 Playoff   Tom Byrum
  Mark Carnevale
  David Edwards
  Yoshi Mizumaki
  David Ogrin
216,000 1,200,000
1993 Scott Simpson   United States 270 −10 1 stroke   Billy Mayfair
  Corey Pavin
  D. A. Weibring
216,000 1,200,000
1992 Billy Ray Brown   United States 199* −11 Playoff   Ben Crenshaw
  Raymond Floyd
  Bruce Lietzke
198,000 1,100,000
1991 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 270 −10 1 stroke   Craig Stadler 198,000 1,100,000
1990 Payne Stewart   United States 202* −8 2 strokes   Lanny Wadkins 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Jodie Mudd   United States 265 −15 Playoff   Larry Nelson 180,000 1,000,000
1988 Bruce Lietzke (2)   United States 271 −9 Playoff   Clarence Rose 135,000 750,000
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1987 Fred Couples   United States 266 −14 Playoff   Mark Calcavecchia 108,000 600,000
1986 Andy Bean   United States 269 −11 1 stroke   Mark Wiebe 108,000 600,000
1985 Bob Eastwood   United States 272 −8 Playoff   Payne Stewart 90,000 500,000
1984 Craig Stadler   United States 276 −8 1 stroke   David Edwards 90,000 500,000
1983 Ben Crenshaw   United States 273 −7 1 stroke   Brad Bryant
  Hal Sutton
72,000 400,000
1982 Bob Gilder   United States 266 −14 5 strokes   Curtis Strange 63,000 350,000
1981 Bruce Lietzke   United States 281 +1 Playoff   Tom Watson 54,000 300,000
1980 Tom Watson (4)   United States 274 −6 1 stroke   Bill Rogers 54,000 300,000
1979 Tom Watson (3)   United States 275 −5 Playoff   Bill Rogers 54,000 300,000
1978 Tom Watson (2)   United States 272 −8 1 stroke   Lee Trevino 40,000 200,000
1977 Raymond Floyd   United States 276 −8 2 strokes   Ben Crenshaw 40,000 200,000
1976 Mark Hayes   United States 273 −11 2 strokes   Don Bies 40,000 200,000
1975 Tom Watson   United States 269 −15 2 strokes   Bob E. Smith 35,000 175,000
1974 Buddy Allin   United States 269 −15 4 strokes   Homero Blancas
  Charles Coody
  Lee Trevino
  Tom Watson
30,000 150,000
1973 Lanny Wadkins   United States 277 −3 Playoff   Dan Sikes 30,000 150,000
1972 Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States 273 −7 Playoff   Billy Casper 25,000 125,000
1971 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States 274 −6 2 strokes   Frank Beard
  Jerry McGee
25,000 125,000
1970 Jack Nicklaus   United States 274 −6 Playoff   Arnold Palmer 20,000 100,000
1969 Bruce Devlin   Australia 277 −3 1 stroke   Frank Beard
  Bruce Crampton
20,000 100,000
1968 Miller Barber   United States 270 −10 1 stroke   Kermit Zarley 20,000 100,000
Dallas Open Invitational
1967 Bert Yancey   United States 274 −10 1 stroke   Roberto De Vicenzo
  Kermit Zarley
20,000 100,000
1966 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 276 −8 1 stroke   Joe Campbell
  Raymond Floyd
  Harold Henning
15,000 85,000
1965 No tournament
1964 Charles Coody   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Jerry Edwards 5,800 40,000
1963 No tournament − Dallas hosted 1963 PGA Championship
1962 Billy Maxwell   United States 277 −3 4 strokes   Johnny Pott 5,300 35,000
1961 Earl Stewart   United States 278 −6 1 stroke   Gay Brewer
  Arnold Palmer
  Doug Sanders
4,300 30,000
1960 Johnny Pott   United States 275 −5 Playoff   Ted Kroll
  Bo Wininger
3,500 25,000
1959 Julius Boros   United States 274 −10 1 stroke   Dow Finsterwald
  Earl Stewart
  Bo Wininger
3,500 25,000
1958 Sam Snead (3)   United States 272 −12 Playoff   Julius Boros
  John McMullen
  Gary Player
3,500 25,000
1957 Sam Snead (2)   United States 264 −20 10 strokes   Bob Inman
  Billy Maxwell
  Cary Middlecoff
8,000 40,000 [11]
Texas International Open
1956
(June)
Peter Thomson   Australia 267 −13 Playoff   Gene Littler
  Cary Middlecoff
13,478 70,000 [12]
Dallas Centennial Open
1956
(May)
Don January   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Dow Finsterwald
  Doug Ford
6,000 30,000 [13]
1947-55: No tournament
Dallas Invitational
1946 Ben Hogan   United States 284 +4 2 strokes   Herman Keiser
  Paul Runyan
2,000 10,000 [14]
Dallas Open
1945 Sam Snead   United States 276 −12 4 strokes   Jug McSpaden 2,000 10,000 [15]
Texas Victory Open
1944 Byron Nelson   United States 276 −8 10 strokes   Jug McSpaden 2,000 10,000 [16]

** Par for final three rounds lowered to 69 due to course flooding; 14th hole was converted to a par 3
* Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes
^ Indicates weather-shortened to 36 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[5][17][18][19]

Multiple winnersEdit

Five men have won this tournament more than once through 2017.

Tournament highlightsEdit

  • 1956: Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of The Open Championship shoots a final round 63, then makes birdie on the first two holes of sudden death to defeat Gene Littler and Cary Middlecoff. It was his one and only PGA Tour victory in the United States.[20]
  • 1976: Mark Hayes becomes the first wire to wire winner of the Nelson.[21]
  • 1981: Bruce Lietzke defeated Tom Watson in a playoff spoiling Watson's bid for a 4th straight Nelson triumph.[22]
  • 1985: Bob Eastwood defeated Payne Stewart in a playoff after coming to the 72nd hole trailing Stewart by three shots. Eastwood made birdie on the final hole while Stewart made double bogey. Stewart made yet another double bogey on the first hole of sudden death to give Eastwood the title.[23]
  • 1994: Neal Lancaster won the first ever six-player sudden death playoff in PGA Tour history. He made a birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Tom Byrum, Mark Carnevale, David Edwards, Yoshi Mizumaki, and David Ogrin.[24]
  • 2005: Tiger Woods' record streak of 142 cuts made came to an end at this tournament.
  • 2006: After graduating from Q school, Brett Wetterich's win propels him to a surprise Ryder Cup appearance.
  • 2008: Australian Adam Scott sank a 48-foot putt on the third playoff hole to clinch victory over American Ryan Moore.
  • 2010: At age 16, Jordan Spieth (the defending U.S. Junior Amateur champion, and a student at nearby Jesuit College Preparatory School) became the youngest player to play in the tournament, courtesy of a sponsor's exemption (the first one granted since 1995). Spieth would make the cut (becoming the sixth-youngest person in PGA Tour history to make a professional tour event cut) and finish 16th overall. (In 2011 Spieth would again be granted a sponsor's exemption and would again make the cut, finishing 32nd overall.)
  • 2013: Keegan Bradley hits a course-record 60 (−10) in the first round. Bradley leads the first three rounds, but Bae Sang-moon earned the win.[25]
  • 2018: Aaron Wise sets the tournament record.
  • 2019: Kang Sung-hoon won his first PGA Tour title. Scott Piercy went bogey-free for the entire tournament, becoming the first to do so in a 72-hole PGA Tour event since Charles Howell III at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ History Archived May 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Course map". AT&T Byron Nelson. May 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Championship scorecard" (PDF). Trinity Forest Golf Club. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Our Charity Archived October 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Media Guide
  6. ^ "Tourney named for Lord Byron". Schenectady Gazette. New York. UPI. April 23, 1968. p. 22.
  7. ^ a b "Byron Nelson Classic in color from Dallas". Schenectady Gazette. New York. April 27, 1968. p. 7, TV.
  8. ^ "HP becomes new sponsor of Byron Nelson Championship". PGA Tour. October 2, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  9. ^ Nichols, Bill (May 11, 2013). "Nichols: Byron Nelson's new home should be ready when the contract with TPC expires in 2018". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Durrett, Richard (May 15, 2013). "Byron Nelson plots 2019 move". ESPN. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "Sam Sneads Wins Dallas Tourney By 10 Strokes". Park City Daily News. Bowling Green, Kentucky. Associated Press. September 16, 1957. p. 9. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  12. ^ "Peter Thomson Wins His First U.S. Golf Match". The Gettysburg Times. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. June 4, 1956. p. 5. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  13. ^ "Don January Eyes Second Big Golf Prize". The Gettysburg Times. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. May 28, 1956. p. 4. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  14. ^ "Little Ben Hogan Takes Dallas Open". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press. September 30, 1946. p. 12. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  15. ^ "Sammy Snead Wins Dallas Open Golf". Lodi News-Sentinel. Lodi, California. United Press. September 10, 1945. p. 3. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  16. ^ "Nelson Adda To Bankings". San Jose Evening News. San Jose, California. International News Service. September 11, 1944. p. 6. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  17. ^ AT&T Byron Nelson – Winners – at www.pgatour.com
  18. ^ HP Byron Nelson Championship – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1970–2009)
  19. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.
  20. ^ Australian Thomson Texas Open Champ
  21. ^ Wire To Wire, It's Hayes
  22. ^ Lietzke holds off Watson
  23. ^ Eastwood takes playoff victory
  24. ^ Journeyman golfer wins big playoff
  25. ^ Hawkins, Stephen (May 20, 2013). "Sang-Moon wins the HP Byron Nelson Championship". PGA of America. Associated Press. Retrieved May 23, 2013.

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