AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

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AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
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The TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas Golf Course, partially designed by Byron Nelson and home of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
Tournament information
Location Irving, Texas, U.S.
Established 1944,[1] 70 years ago
Course(s) Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas
Par 70
Length 7,166 yards (6,553 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $7.1 million
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 261 Rory Sabbatini (2009)
To par −20 Sam Snead (1957)
Current champion
United States Brendon Todd
Las Colinas is located in United States
Las Colinas
Las Colinas
Location in the United States
Las Colinas is located in Texas
Las Colinas
Las Colinas
Location in Texas

The AT&T Byron Nelson Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour. The tournament is held in May at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, U.S. It is one of two PGA tournaments held in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – the only metropolitan area to host two PGA tournaments. The tournament is the leading fundraiser for charity on the PGA Tour and has raised more than $121 million. 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. Nelson commonly made an appearance during the tournament. It is organized by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.[2]

For the tournament's first several decades, it was played at a variety of courses in Dallas. Byron Nelson was the tournament's first winner in 1944,[3] 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 1958-67. In 1968 the event was renamed the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and its name, through a series of sponsors, has always subsequently been in conjunction with Nelson's name. That same year the event moved to Preston Trail Golf Club, where it was played from 1968-82. In 1983 the event moved to venues in Irving, first at Las Colinas Sports Club from 1983–85, and then at the TPC at Las Colinas from 1986–93.

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 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.[4] The agreement ran through 2014, with AT&T becoming the title sponsor beginning in 2015.[5]

In 2019, the tournament will move from the Four Seasons course in Irving to the yet-unbuilt Trinity Forest Golf Course in Dallas.[6]

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par 1st prize ($) Purse ($) Ref
AT&T Byron Nelson Championship
2015 May 28–31 1,278,000 7,100,000
HP Byron Nelson Championship
2014 Brendon Todd  United States 266 –14 1,242,000 6,900,000
2013 Bae Sang-moon  South Korea 267 −13 1,206,000 6,700,000
2012 Jason Dufner  United States 269 −11 1,170,000 6,500,000
2011 Keegan Bradley  United States 277PO −3 1,170,000 6,500,000
2010 Jason Day  Australia 270 −10 1,170,000 6,500,000
2009 Rory Sabbatini  South Africa 261 −19 1,170,000 6,500,000
EDS Byron Nelson Championship
2008 Adam Scott  Australia 273PO −7 1,152,000 6,400,000
2007 Scott Verplank  United States 267 −13 1,134,000 6,300,000
2006 Brett Wetterich  United States 268 −12 1,116,000 6,200,000
2005 Ted Purdy  United States 265 −15 1,116,000 6,200,000
2004 Sergio García  Spain 270PO −10 1,044,000 5,800,000
2003 Vijay Singh  Fiji 265 −15 1,008,000 5,600,000
Verizon Byron Nelson Classic
2002 Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 266 −14 864,000 4,800,000
2001 Robert Damron  United States 263PO −17 810,000 4,500,000
GTE Byron Nelson Classic
2000 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 269PO −11 720,000 4,000,000
1999 Loren Roberts  United States 262PO −18 540,000 3,000,000
GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1998 John Cook  United States 265 −15 450,000 2,500,000
1997 Tiger Woods  United States 263 −17 324,000 1,800,000
1996 Phil Mickelson  United States 265 −15 270,000 1,500,000
1995 Ernie Els  South Africa 263 −17 234,000 1,300,000
1994 Neal Lancaster  United States 132^PO −9 216,000 1,200,000
1993 Scott Simpson  United States 270 −10 216,000 1,200,000
1992 Billy Ray Brown  United States 199*PO −11 198,000 1,100,000
1991 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 270 −10 198,000 1,100,000
1990 Payne Stewart  United States 202* −8 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Jodie Mudd  United States 265PO −15 180,000 1,000,000
1988 Bruce Lietzke (2)  United States 271PO −9 135,000 750,000
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1987 Fred Couples  United States 266PO −14 108,000 600,000
1986 Andy Bean  United States 269 −11 108,000 600,000
1985 Bob Eastwood  United States 272PO −8 90,000 500,000
1984 Craig Stadler  United States 276 −8 90,000 500,000
1983 Ben Crenshaw  United States 273 −7 72,000 400,000
1982 Bob Gilder  United States 266 −14 63,000 350,000
1981 Bruce Lietzke  United States 281PO +1 54,000 300,000
1980 Tom Watson (4)  United States 274 −6 54,000 300,000
1979 Tom Watson (3)  United States 275PO −5 54,000 300,000
1978 Tom Watson (2)  United States 272 −8 40,000 200,000
1977 Raymond Floyd  United States 276 −8 40,000 200,000
1976 Mark Hayes  United States 273 −11 40,000 200,000
1975 Tom Watson  United States 269 −19 35,000 175,000
1974 Buddy Allin  United States 269 −15 30,000 150,000
1973 Lanny Wadkins  United States 277PO −3 30,000 150,000
1972 Chi-Chi Rodríguez  United States 273PO −7 25,000 125,000
1971 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States 274 −6 25,000 125,000
1970 Jack Nicklaus  United States 274PO −6 20,000 100,000
1969 Bruce Devlin  Australia 277 −3 20,000 100,000
1968 Miller Barber  United States 270 −10 20,000 100,000
Dallas Open Invitational
1967 Bert Yancey  United States 274 −10 20,000 100,000
1966 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 276 −8 15,000 85,000
1965 No tournament
1964 Charles Coody  United States 271 −13 5,800 40,000
1963 No tournament − Dallas hosted 1963 PGA Championship
1962 Billy Maxwell  United States 277 −7 5,300 35,000
1961 Earl Stewart  United States 278 −6 4,300 30,000
1960 Johnny Pott  United States 275PO −9 3,500 25,000
1959 Julius Boros  United States 274 −10 3,500 25,000
1958 Sam Snead (3)  United States 272PO −12 3,500 25,000
1957 Sam Snead (2)  United States 264 −20 8,000 40,000 [7]
Texas International Open
1956 (June) Peter Thomson  Australia 267PO −13 13,478 70,000 [8]
Dallas Centennial Open
1956 (May) Don January  United States 268 −12 6,000 30,000 [9]
1947-55 No tournament
Dallas Invitational
1946 Ben Hogan  United States 284 +4 2,000 10,000 [10]
Dallas Open
1945 Sam Snead  United States 276 −12 2,000 10,000 [11]
Texas Victory Open
1944 Byron Nelson  United States 276 −8 2,000 10,000 [12]

PO Indicates a win in a playoff
* Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes
^ Indicates weather-shortened to 36 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[3][13][14][15]

Multiple winners[edit]

Four men have won this tournament more than once through 2013.

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 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.[16]
  • 1976: Mark Hayes becomes the first wire to wire winner of the Nelson.[17]
  • 1981: Bruce Lietzke defeated Tom Watson in a playoff spoiling Watson's bid for a 4th straight Nelson triumph.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 2005: Tiger Woods' record streak of 142 cuts made came to an end at this tournament.
  • 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.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History
  2. ^ Our Charity
  3. ^ a b 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Media Guide
  4. ^ "HP becomes new sponsor of Byron Nelson Championship". PGA Tour. October 2, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Nichols, Bill (May 11, 2013). "Nichols: Byron Nelson's new home should be ready when contract at TPC expires in 2018". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Durrett, Richard (May 15, 2013). "Byron Nelson plots 2019 move". ESPN. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Don January Eyes Second Big Golf Prize". The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. May 28, 1956. p. 4. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Little Ben Hogan Takes Dallas Open". The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Maine). Associated Press. September 30, 1946. p. 12. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Sammy Sneads Wins Dallas Open Golf". Lodi News-Sentinel (Lodi, California). United Press. September 10, 1945. p. 3. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Nelson Adda To Bankings". San Jose Evening News (San Jose, California). International News Service. September 11, 1944. p. 6. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ AT&T Byron Nelson Championship – Winners – at www.pgatour.com
  14. ^ HP Byron Nelson Championship – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1970–2009)
  15. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 
  16. ^ Australian Thomson Texas Open Champ
  17. ^ Wire To Wire, It's Hayes
  18. ^ Lietzke holds off Watson
  19. ^ Eastwood takes playoff victory
  20. ^ Journeyman golfer wins big playoff
  21. ^ 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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Coordinates: 32°51′50″N 96°57′29″W / 32.864°N 96.958°W / 32.864; -96.958