The PGA Tour embarks on the next event of the tour season, the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. Dallas Texas and the TPC Four Seasons will once again host the Byron Nelson Championship. The TPC Four Seasons Resort will play to a par of 70 covering 7,166 yards. In 1983 Jay Morrish originally designed the course which was overhauled by DA Weibring and Steve Wolford in 2007.
Welcome back to Texas as the PGA Tour makes a stop at the annual event that celebrates one of the games greats at the AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational. Here we go, time for the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational Predictions, Picks at TPC Four Seasons, what holes will challenge the field and which players will be near the top coming down the stretch on Sunday? Let’s find out.
Dates: May 28-31 2015
Course: TPC Four Seasons Resort
Stats: Par 70, 7,166 yards
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel-4-7 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel-4-7 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel -1-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Purse: $7.1 million total purse, $1.278 million winners share
AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational Hole Breakdown
When you look at the TPC Four Seasons Resort there are a few holes that will challenge this field more than others throughout the week. While the TPC Four Seasons might not have a “Green Mile” or a “Horrible Horseshoe,” there are plenty of holes that can jump up and bite this field.
The par-4 427 yard, ninth hole is one of those places. The right side of this fairway is protected by water with adequate bunkering in the fairway and near the green to challenge the player’s skills. Prevailing crosswinds will tend to push shots near the water opening up room for a big score.
The par-4 12th will play to 455 yards with severe sloping and mounding that was softened and paired with an elevated green during the renovation. There is a large bunker protecting incoming shots on the right and another back left just waiting to bury a rogue approach shot. Players should not get over aggressive here and pick other spots to attack on TPC Four Seasons.
Number 16 is a 546 yard par-5 that climbs the length of the hole from tee box to a culmination at the green. There are strategically placed bunkers down the left side and middle of the hole forcing players to carefully choose their clubs on the tee. The updated shaping in this green will ensure scores between eagle and double bogey will all be seen this week. To say there might be swings at number 16 is an understatement
The par-3 198 yard 17th hole is the signature hole at the TPC Four Seasons. During the renovation it has been reshaped allowing players to feed tee shots towards pin placements that precariously close to the edge of the water where an other than solid shot can end in a disaster coming home. This scenic view can also cause mental anguish if the players do not focus.
The tee box on the par-4 429 yard 18th is high above and has been repositioned to create an impressive and intimidating view of the lakes and cascading water that go from the tee shot landing area to the green. The temptation to fire at the pin and go for birdie on the dog leg left will create its own level of drama as the round ends.
AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational Top Picks
A full field will be at the TPC Four Seasons this week for the event. Who is the most likely to win this week at the 2015 Byron Nelson Invitational? Attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack. It’s time for the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational Predictions, Picks at TPC Four Seasons.
|Jordan Spieth||The youngster just keeps getting better and better. He had a brief hiccup at the Players Championship but has since rebounded with a tie for 2nd last week at the Crown Plaza Invitational, with 64-65 bookend rounds. While he did not “light it up” at the TPC Four Seasons in 2013 and 2014, it is important to remember that he has two starts in 2011 and 2010 as an amateur. He made the cut in both of those starts and finished 16th in 2010. This is a new Spieth and expect him to light it up at home.|
|Keegan Bradley||Keegan is the definition of a Horse for the Course. He is a fan of Dallas Texas or at least the Byron Nelson Championship with a 29th last year, 24th in 2012, a runner-up finish in 2013 and a title here in 2011. If you look at his lead up events in 2013 and 2011 he was playing worse than he has in 2015 yet still managed to play the TPC Four Seasons very well. I would not rule him out as a win candidate based on history alone.|
|Dustin Johnson||Dustin Johnson had quite the stretch earlier this year where he finished no worse than tied for 6th in five-of-six straight starts including a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. He did not light up the Players but took some time off and returns for the Byron Nelson. In his last four starts at the Byron Nelson Invitational he has finished tied for 7th in 2014 and 2010, tied for 20th in 2011, tied for 4th in 2009. He has the resume to compete without question.|