Horses for Courses: 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson

New track = new challenges.

Let’s dive in!

via @PGATOUR Twitter

Everything is bigger in Texas and not many were bigger in the world of golf than Byron Nelson. The event that carries his name returns to the Lone Star state after a COVID-19 absence but will have a new home. TPC Craig Ranch in the Dallas suburb of McKinney replaces Trinity Forest as the new host for the next five years. 

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TPC Craig Ranch has hosted stages of Q-School and has also served as host of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in 2008 and 2012.

The Tom Weiskopf design, opened in 2004, will play as Par-72 and stretch 7,468 yards.

There’s plenty of space to swing it off the tee as the wind is always a factor in this part of the world.

The Bentgrass greens running at 11.5 feet will provide more than ample targets (see: wind) at almost 6,800 square feet on average.

Avoiding the 83 bunkers and keeping the ball out of Rowlett Creek, which will be in play on 13 holes, will pair with just over two inches of Bermuda rough to act as a deterrent this week.

Zoysia fairways will be similar to Trinity Forest but that’s where the comparison stops so I won’t spend much time looking at that event.

The winning scores of 16-under and 17-under (both Par-71) for the Korn Ferry Tournament Finals suggest an even lower winning total this week because of Par-72.

The first TOUR stop at TPC Craig Ranch will feature plenty of connections from the Dallas area. Colleyville resident Ryan Palmer holds the course record of 61. Defending event champion Sung Kang is a member at the club and a Dallas resident.

Obviously the notes below are from the past. Tom Weiskopf’s TPC Scottsdale is another point of interest as that track is used annually on TOUR. While it’s a different course, we can still glean information, just like we follow who plays well on Pete Dye tracks.

Good luck!

Recent Event Winners Stats

PlayerJustin BolliMatt Bettencourt
Runner-Up(s)James HahnJeff Klauk
Total Eagles11
Total BirdiesT1 (22)1 (24)
Total Bogeys87
Doubles or Worse01 (double)
Greens in Regulation4T12
Total PuttsT20T4
Par-3 ScoringT9 (-1)T13 (-1)
Par-4 Scoring2 (-9)1 (-8)
Par-5 ScoringT19 (-6)T10 (-8)

Recent Winners and Notables

2012: Tour Championship: Justin Bolli (-16, 268)

11 rounds of 66 or better. … Top seven players were 10-under or lower. … Low round of the week was 64. … Played October 25-28.

Tournament Notables Entered This Week:

James Hahn (2nd) posted one of the two rounds of 64 for the week, the lowest recorded. … Luke List (T13) posted four eagles for the week and led the field in Par-5 scoring (-11). … Ben Martin (T13) signed for four rounds 70 or better. … Brice Garnett (T19) posted 66 in Round 3, his best of the week. … Cameron Percy (T19) closed 66-68 after sitting 2-over after 36 holes. … Rob Oppenheim (T28) aced No. 14 in Round 4. … Joseph Bramlett (T31), Hudson Swafford (T39), Jim Herman (T42), Brian Stuard (T47) and Tim Wilkinson (T53) all completed the four rounds (no cut).

2008: Tour Championship: Matt Bettencourt (-17, 267)

Round 3 saw the two lowest rounds in tournament history, 63, posted. … There were 23 rounds of 66 or better. … Top 15 players 10-under or better. … Played November 6-9.

Tournament Notables Entered This Week:

Marc Leishman (T7) made 22 birdies, second best on the week. … Greg Chalmers (T25) made 18 birdies. … Scott Piercy (T31) led the field in Par-5 scoring (-11).

Key stat leaders

Top golfers in each statistic on the 2020-2021 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.

Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-GreenGolfer
1Bryson DeChambeau
4Jon Rahm
10Will Zalatoris
13Sergio Garcia
18Brooks Koepka
20Doug Ghim
22Hideki Matsuyama
26Aaron Wise
28Matt Fitzpatrick
34Luke List
35Daniel Berger
37Si Woo Kim
38Scottie Scheffler
39Jordan Spieth
40Jason Day
Putting: Birdie-or-Better PercentageGolfer
4Bryson DeChambeau
7Jordan Spieth
9Sam Burns
10Brooks Koepka
11Harris English
12Daniel Berger
13Harry Higgs
14Anirban Lahiri
15Ryan Palmer
18Tom Hoge
21Scottie Scheffler
31Jon Rahm
33Sebastian Munoz
36Rory Sabbatini
40Wesley Bryan
Par-4 ScoringGolfer
1James Hahn
5Daniel Berger
5Scottie Scheffler
11Si Woo Kim
15Ryan Palmer
15Austin Cook
15Sam Burns
15Matt Fitzpatrick
15Doug Ghim
15Brooks Koepka
25Talor Gooch
25Matt Jones
25Charles Howell III
34Jon Rahm
34Patton Kizzire
34Will Zalatoris
34Carlos Ortiz
34Russell Knox
34Anirban Lahiri
34Tom Hoge
34Roger Sloan
34Bryson DeChambeau

Horses for Courses

T2  James HahnT7   Marc Leishman
T13 Luke ListT25 Greg Chalmers
T13 Ben MartinT31 Scott Piercy
T19 Brice Garnett 
T19 Cameron Percy 
T28 Rob Oppenheim 
T31 Joseph Bramlett 
T39 Hudson Swafford 
T42 Jim Herman 
T47 Brian Stuard 
T53 Tim Wilkinson 

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