After a dominating performance by world No. 1 Jason Day at the big-money Players Championship over the weekend at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the PGA Tour heads to Texas for a two-week Lone Star State Swing beginning with the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at the TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas in Irving outside Dallas. And native son Jordan Spieth, the world No. 2, is the heavy favorite on sportsbook odds in a slightly watered-down field. The winning margin favorite is one shot at +250. A playoffs is +300.
Breaking Down The PGA Tour AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Betting Overview
TV: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Featured Groups), 4-7 p.m. (Featured Holes). Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups).
RADIO: Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.COM).
This tournament dates to 1944. That year, Byron Nelson teed it up at Lakewood Country Club and won the Texas Victory Open by 10 strokes over his friend Harold “Jug” McSpaden. The AT&T Byron Nelson is now the ninth longest-running active tournament on the Tour schedule. Aside from the three U.S. majors (the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and the Masters), only eight Tour events were established prior to 1944. While 10 years elapsed before an annual Dallas-based event began again in 1956, the stage was set for the introduction of the current tournament, which began as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in 1968. In 1983 the tournament moved to the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.
The course is a par 70 at 7,1666 yards. Originally laid out by Jay Morrish in 1983, the course underwent a major overhaul in 2007 by D.A. Weibring and Steve Wolfard. In 2019, the tournament will move from the Four Seasons course in Irving to the yet-built Trinity Forest Golf Course in Dallas. This is one of two PGA tournaments held in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – the only metropolitan area to host two PGA tournaments.
If there’s one hole to watch, it’s No. 14 as it’s annually one of the toughest of the tournament. It was the No. 1-handicap hole in the opening round last year. At 4.282, it tied for the 41st-hardest par 4 among 560 par 4s played all season.
At age 16 in 2010, 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.
Round 1 tee times (all times local, which is Central)3
No. 1 TEE
7 a.m. — D.J. Trahan, Shawn Stefani, Zac Blair
7:10 a.m. — Chad Campbell, Whee Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
7:20 a.m. — Boo Weekley, Michael Bradley, Tim Wilkinson
7:30 a.m. — Brian Harman, Ben Crane, Russell Henley
7:40 a.m. — James Hahn, Brendon Todd, Mike Weir
7:50 a.m. — Charley Hoffman, Scott Stallings, Harris English
8 a.m. — Peter Malnati, Scott Piercy, Alex Cejka
8:10 a.m. — Lucas Glover, Billy Mayfair, Justin Hicks
8:20 a.m. — Robert Garrigus, Andres Gonzales, Martin Flores
8:30 a.m. — Frank Lickliter II, Erik Compton, Ricky Barnes
8:40 a.m. — Derek Ernst, Adam Hadwin, Hudson Swafford
8:50 a.m. — Henrik Norlander, Kelly Kraft, Curtis Reed
9 a.m. — Dawie van der Walt, Rhein Gibson, Lance Lopez
12 p.m. — Mark Wilson, Kyle Reifers, Cameron Smith
12:10 p.m. — Tim Herron, Richard H. Lee, Tyrone Van Aswegen
12:20 p.m. — Jason Gore, Ted Purdy, Jeff Overton
12:30 p.m. — Tony Finau, Angel Cabrera, David Toms
12:40 p.m. — Zach Johnson, Steven Bowditch, Dustin Johnson
12:50 p.m. — Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker
1 p.m. — Aaron Baddeley, Scott Langley, Darron Stiles
1:10 p.m. — Robert Allenby, Derek Fathauer, Mark Hubbard
1:20 p.m. — Kyle Stanley, Chad Collins, Brett Stegmaier
1:30 p.m. — Will Wilcox, Anirban Lahiri, Luke List
1:40 p.m. — Brice Garnett, Bronson Burgoon, Bryson DeChambeau
1:50 p.m. — Tyler Aldridge, Joe Affrunti, Brian Norman
2 p.m. — Bud Cauley, Martin Piller, Jack Newman
No. 10 TEE
7 a.m. — Dicky Pride, Greg Owen, Steve Wheatcroft
7:10 a.m. — Chez Reavie, Andres Romero, D.H. Lee
7:20 a.m. — John Huh, Greg Chalmers, Jon Curran
7:30 a.m. — Gary Woodland, Ernie Els, Ryan Palmer
7:40 a.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen
7:50 a.m. — Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley
8 a.m. — Jonas Blixt, Ken Duke, Colt Knost
8:10 a.m. — Rod Pampling, Graham DeLaet, Luke Guthrie
8:20 a.m. — Cameron Beckman, Trevor Immelman, Charles Howell III
8:30 a.m. — Jerry Kelly, Steve Marino, Sung Kang
8:40 a.m. — Sam Saunders, Michael Kim, Abraham Ancer
8:50 a.m. — Lucas Lee, Andrew Landry, Kyle Robbins
9 a.m. — Cameron Percy, Alex Prugh, Bobby Wyatt
12 p.m. — Ian Poulter, Jhonattan Vegas, Tom Gillis
12:10 p.m. — Marc Leishman, Patrick Rodgers, Blayne Barber
12:20 p.m. — Spencer Levin, Scott Pinckney, Carlos Ortiz
12:30 p.m. — Danny Lee, Matt Jones, Stuart Appleby
12:40 p.m. — Brooks Koepka, John Senden, Brian Gay
12:50 p.m. — J.J. Henry, Seung-Yul Noh, Chesson Hadley
1 p.m. — D.A. Points, Michael Thompson, Will MacKenzie
1:10 p.m. — Johnson Wagner, Freddie Jacobson, Chris Stroud
1:20 p.m. — John Merrick, Carl Pettersson, Bryce Molder
1:30 p.m. — Sean O’Hair, Marc Turnesa, Andrew Loupe
1:40 p.m. — Thomas Aiken, Rob Oppenheim, Will Zalatoris
1:50 p.m. — Tom Hoge, Wes Roach, Alex Moon
2 p.m. — Billy Hurley III, Hiroshi Iwata, Conrad Shindler