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Monday, 13 May 2013

HP Byron Nelson Championship Preview

Guan on the PGA Tour
The story of the week will of course be 14 year old Guan Tianlang. The young golfer earned an invite following great performances at the Masters and the Zurich classic finishing in 58th and 71st respectively.

Defending champion Jason Dufner come into the week following results of T-20 at the masters and another notable result, T-62 at The Players. However he did have an 80 on the final day moving him rapidly down the field. Scoring, 71-67-72*80.

With The Byron Trophy
Dufner has been in the media's limelight following the creation of a new trends that has caught on with other famous sports persons around the Us and Europe. "Dufnering" is a classic. #Dufnering

The Byron Nelson Championship is one of, if not the tournament on the Pga tour that raises the most amount of charity funding. Currently the figure stands at $121 million.

The record for lowest score is Sam Snead (-20.) 1957.

HP Byron Nelson
One 9 hole is created as a TPC stadium course through the use of the old 'las colinas sports club' facility/course.

The course sits at 7,161 yards. This ma not seems so long but it is. At a par of 70 and only two par 5's easy birdies are not common here. Hitting your GIR is crucial with previous winners hitting up to 85% of them.

What to watch for; 

It may be early on in the round, but the 3rd hole is awfully important for the overall result of the championship. 

Currently playing 523 yards this hole is a beast. Tree lined on a slight dogleg left this requires two big hits to reach the green and try to come away with your birdie.

The 7th hold is a polar opposite to the 3rd. Only twenty yards longer at 543 this hole is a severe dogleg and a hole where a birdie/eagle opportunity must be taken.

And with the winners purse of $1,700,000 things do get heated down the stretch. 

Enjoy this tournament and all the history behind Mr. Bryon Nelson as he really was great for the game of golf. This tournament is always enjoyable and emotive.

Edward Kennedy @_EdwardKennedy