We go from the cool, rainy conditions last weekend in the Washington D.C. Metro to the heat of north Texas in mid-May.
The PGA Tour schedule marches on for the AT&T Byron Nelson. This event was established in 1944 and has been held almost every year since 1956. The tournament’s current namesake, Byron Nelson, attached himself to the event in 1968.
The tournament has moved to different courses throughout the years, now settling at TPC Craig Ranch for the second year.
TPC Craig Ranch is a par 72 measuring 7,438 yards.
It’s a Tom Weiskopf design that opened in 2004. It hosted the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in 2008 and 2012 (Nationwide Tour and Web.com Tour at the time, respectively) and has also served as a KFT second stage Q school site.
Former PGA Tour player D.A. Weibring was a consultant on the design. The course has Zoysia fairways and Bentgrass greens. It has gentle, rolling hills and is along the limestone banks of Rowlett Creek.
Like most TPC courses, it’s designed with spectators in mind. Ampitheater-like mounds and viewing areas will allow for the event to pack in plenty of fans.
This is a course that favors big hitters, though all skill sets can go low here. Winning scores for the two KFT events here were 16- and 17-under and K.H. Lee won last year’s Byron Nelson at 25-under.
Shooting 10-under didn’t even get you in the top 50 at 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson.
The weather for the week looks warm, dry, and breezy, so perhaps we’ll see some firm turf.
The field this week is pretty solid with the PGA Championship looming next week. It’s not a long jaunt from the Dallas/Fort Worth metro up to Southern Hills in Oklahoma.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler headlines a field that features four of the top 10 and 18 of the top 50.
There’s one last tune-up before the second major championship of 2022. Let’s see who’s best equipped to walk away with the title.