The PGA Tour travels from North Carolina down to Texas for the annual AT&T Byron Nelson, the final stop before the season’s second major: the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
Contested for the third year at TPC Craig Ranch, the Byron Nelson field will be headlined by Texans Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth.
The Lonestar State natives will be joined by three other top-25 ranked players: Tyrrell Hatton (17), Tom Kim (19) and Hideki Matsuyama (22).
What follows is a round-up of information and historical data to get you prepped for a weekend of golf in Texas.
2023 AT&T Byron Nelson
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PGA Tour: At-a-Glance
Name: AT&T Byron Nelson
Title Sponsor: AT&T
Tour Debut: 1944
Debut Name: Texas Victory Open
Dates: May 11-14, 2023
Where: McKinney, Texas
Course: TPC Craig Ranch
Distance: Par 72, 7468 yards
Format: 72-holes, Stroke play
Field: 152 Players (36-hole cut)
Winning Share: $1,710,000
Defending Champion: K.H. Lee
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AT&T Byron Nelson History
The Byron Nelson has traditionally been contested in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1944. It is one of two PGA Tour stops in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (the other being the Colonial stop) – the only metropolitan area to host two events.
Called the “Texas Victory Open,” the $2,000 first-prize check in that inaugural 1944 tournament was awarded to Dallas native Byron Nelson, who claimed a 10-shot victory over 17-time PGA Tour winner Jug McSpaden. At 8-under par, Nelson was the only player in the field to finish in the red.
Sam Snead and Ben Hogan won the next two editions before it was halted for the second world war.
After a 10-year absence, the tournament returned in 1956, and due to infighting over the tournament name, it held two iterations just a month apart – in May (Dallas Centennial Open) and June (Texas International Open), both at Preston Hollow Country Club.
Along with Nelson, Hogan, and Snead, who won twice more (1957-58), the tournament produced an impressive list of winners in its infancy, with major champions Don January, Peter Thomson (his only victory in the U.S.), Julius Boros, and Roberto De Vicenzo all taking home a trophy in the tournament’s first 10 editions following its sabbatical.
Since then, winners have included legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Raymond Floyd, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, Ben Crenshaw, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, and Tiger Woods.
Watson holds the tournament record for most victories with four – including three-straight titles (1978-80), followed by a hat trick of trophies from Snead, and two apiece by Nicklaus, Garcia, Bruce Lietzke and K.H. Lee.
In 1968, the tournament officially incorporated Nelson into its name, becoming the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. It was the first time a tournament was named after a player. Some 20 years later, in 1988, the tournament brought on GTE as its first title sponsor: the GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic. GTE/Verizon remained the title sponsors through the 2002 edition, with EDS/HP paying for the tournament title until 2014. AT&T has been the title sponsor since 2015.
History: Tournament Names
- AT&T Byron Nelson (2015-Present)
- HP Byron Nelson Championship (2009-14)
- EDS Byron Nelson Championship (2003-08)
- Verizon Byron Nelson Classic (2001-02)
- GTE Byron Nelson Classic (1999-2000)
- GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic (1988-98)
- Byron Nelson Golf Classic (1968-87)
- Dallas Open Invitational (1957-67)
- Texas International Open (June 1956)
- Dallas Centennial Open (May 1956)
- Dallas Invitational (1946)
- Dallas Open (1945)
- Texas Victory Open (1944)
4 – Tom Watson (1975, 1978-80)
3 – Sam Snead (1945, 1957-58)
2 – Jack Nicklaus (1970-71)
2 – Bruce Lietzke (1981, 1988)
2 – Sergio Garcia (2004, 2016)
261 – Rory Sabbatini (2009), Aaron Wise (2018), Sung Kang (2019)
26-under – K.H. Lee (2022)
History: Recent Winners
2022: K.H. Lee (-26)
2021: K.H. Lee (-25)
2020: No tournament (COVID)
2019: Sung Kang (-23)
2018: Aaron Wise (-23)
2017: Billy Horschel (-12)
2016: Sergio Garcia (-15)
2015: Steven Bowditch (-18)
2014: Brendon Todd (-14)
2013: Bae Sang-Moon (-13)
2012: Jason Dufner (-11)
AT&T Byron Nelson Field
The field teeing it up this week at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas is headlined by Texan superstars Scottie Scheffler (world No. 2) and Jordan Spieth (10).
Scheffler is back after skipping the Wells Fargo. He has two victories in 2023 and only one result outside the top 12 all season… Spieth enters off a missed-cut at the Wells Fargo. He has five top-10s this season, including a playoff loss at Hilton Head a few weeks ago. Spieth finished runner-up at last year’s Byron Nelson.
The two Texans will be joined by top-ranked stars such of Tyrrell Hatton (17), Tom Kim (19), Hideki Matsuyama (22), Tom Hoge (30), Jason Day (35), Adam Scott (37) and Si Woo Kim (42).
Top-5 Betting Favorites
1. Scottie Scheffler (+400)
2. Jordan Spieth (+1000)
3. Tyrrell Hatton (+1600)
4. Jason Day (+1800)
5. Tom Kim (+2000)
Full Field & Odds
Up Next: PGA Championship
The PGA Championship, the season’s second major, gets underway next week at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY where fan favorite Phil Mickelson returns after missing last season’s edition.
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