Unfortunately Byron Nelson is not with us anymore. With his passing went some of the really big name players who used to love to play in his tournament at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas. Many of the worlds top players are also competing in Europe this week at the BMW Championship.
Byron Nelson Field
Despite the lack of top 10 players in the field, there are still some great personalities and stories to follow. In fact, the "personality styles" of many of the players in this week's field is quite interesting.
First we have "Aqua Man" himself, Woody Austin. You never know what sort of crazy thing Woody will do, from breaking a putter over his head to falling into a water hazard. At least he now carries goggles in his golf bag.
Rich Beem is one of the funnest players to watch on tour. He shows his emotions like every person in the gallery is his best friend.
Rory Sabbatini is in the field, and he's one of those players who incites discussion from slow play to manners. He's always in the middle of some kind of controversy.
K.J. Choi is fresh off his PLAYERS Championship win. How will this course setup for the Choi ball striking machine?
Sergio Garcia withdrew from British Open qualifying due to an infected fingernail, but somehow recovered enough to play the BNC three days later. Hmmm.
Jordan Speith is a local who returns to the Championship after an amazing year last year. At 16 he made the cut in the tournament last year and became the sixth youngest player to ever to achieve that feat.
The featured group Thursday and Friday this week includes Sergio Garcia, Choi and bomber Dustin Johnson. That will be a fun group to watch.
The TPC Four Seasons is definitely a "TPC" layout. What that typically means is a course which is set up to show the tour, with areas around the greens shaped for gallery viewing. Many of the greens are designed like mini-amphitheaters.
Around the greens are shaved roll-offs and collection areas where errant approach shots will end up.
The course itself is quite hilly, with a surprising amount of elevation change from tee to green on many holes. 17, a par-3, has a huge drop from tee to green for example.
Fun To Watch
Will Jason Day defend his championship this year or will a fresh face pull off that first Tour win? Regardless of the lack of top 10 stars, this will be a fun tournament to watch.