The PGA Tour moves back the The Lone Star State for the second Texas Loop of the 2014 golf season and the HP Byron Nelson Championship. TPC Four Seasons Resort, where it all started for 20 year-old Jordan Spieth back in 2010 when he needed a note from his mom, so he could skip class to play in the Las Colinas, Texas area event. He made the cut, and came back for the weekend to finish T 16.
We lost Byron Nelson in 2006, but his tournament continues to be one of the more prestigious stops on the PGA Tour, and his wife, Peggy continues to greet players who finish this event in her husbands honor.
Byron set a record in 1945, winning 18 of 35 PGA Tour events including eleven in a row. He won 52 Tour events, which is 6th all-time, and has six major championships including a career slam. Nelson retired in 1946 to become a rancher in Roanoke, Texas, just North of Ft. Worth.
Sang Mood Bae beat Keegan Bradley in the final round last year, and continued the 60’s streak. All of the last 14 winners at Four Seasons have done so with all four rounds in the 60’s. Bae’s victory also denied Bradley a chance to become the first player since Mark Hayes in 1976, and Tom Watson in 1980 to win wire-to-wire at the HP Byron Nelson.
TPC Four Seasons was layed out in 1983 by Jay Morrish, and re-designed by D.A. Weibring, and Steve Wofford in 2007. Yours truly played here in 1989, and the course was a real challenge, even back then.
The course is 7166 yards, and plays to a par of 70 for the professionals.
The new layout has large, undulating greens, encouraging players to use slopes to work their shots closer to the pin – but with runoffs and closely mown areas just off the putting surface that will penalize poor shots. Weibring/Wolfard also did extensive tree landscaping that brings creeks and ponds more into play. The 18th hole features a unique “water cascade” that extends from the landing area to the green.
Patrick Cantalay, who was at one time, the world’s number one amateur will make a start after being out of action for the last year for stress fractures in his back. Cantalay hasn’t teed it up since taking runner-up at the Web.com Tour Finals opener last August, good enough to earn a PGA TOUR card.
The HP Byron Nelson has a purse at $6.9 Million Dollars, and the winner will receive 500 FedEx Cup Points to go with the winners share of $1.242 Million Dollars.
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