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AT&T Byron Nelson

AT&T Byron Nelson

Location in the United States

Location in the United States

Location in Texas

Location in Texas

The AT&T Byron Nelson is a golf tournament in Texas on the PGA Tour. The tournament is held in May, and in 2018 moved to the new Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. It is one of two PGA Tour stops in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – the only metropolitan area to host two events. The tournament is the leading fundraiser for charity on the PGA Tour and has raised more than $143 million. For much of its history, it was the only PGA Tour stop named after a professional golfer; it remains one of only two such events, along with the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As host, Byron Nelson (1912–2006) commonly made appearances during the tournament. It is hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a 600-member civic organization, and has benefited the Club's nonprofit Momentous Institute since its inception.[4]

For its first several decades, the tournament was played at a various courses in Dallas. Nelson, a Texas native raised in Fort Worth, was the tournament's first winner in 1944,[5] when it was played at Lakewood Country Club. The following year it was played at Dallas Country Club, and then in 1946 moved to Brook Hollow Golf Club. For the better part of the next decade the event was not contested, until two iterations of it were held in 1956, both at Preston Hollow Country Club. In 1957, the event moved to Glen Lake Country Club before it began a decade-long relationship with Oak Cliff Country Club, from 1958–1967.

In 1968, fifty-one years ago, the event was renamed the Byron Nelson Golf Classic[6][7] and its title, through a series of sponsors, has continuously included Nelson's name. That same year the event moved to Preston Trail Golf Club,[7] where it was played through 1982, then moved to venues in Irving: Las Colinas Sports Club (1983–1985) and TPC at Las Colinas (1986–1993).

Beginning in 1994, the tournament was played at two courses, the Tournament Players Course and the Cottonwood Valley Course, both located at the Four Seasons. Previously only the TPC was used, but since the tournament was played in May (during the height of the North Texas storm season), the weather played havoc with the tournament in some years, causing several delays and shortened tournaments. Therefore, the decision was made to add the Cottonwood Valley course in order to shorten the amount of time needed to complete the first two rounds. The first two rounds were played on both courses (each player played one round on each course); after the cut was determined, the TPC is used exclusively for the final two rounds. However, in 2008 the tournament reverted to using only the TPC course, which was significantly renovated.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) bought the previous title sponsor, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in mid-2008.[8] The agreement ran through 2014, with AT&T becoming the title sponsor in 2015.[9]

In 2018, the tournament moved to the new Trinity Forest Golf Club, southeast of downtown Dallas.[10]

AT&T Byron Nelson
Tournament information
LocationDallas, Texas, U.S.
Established1944,[1] 75 years ago
Course(s)Trinity Forest Golf Club (2018)
Length7,380 yards (6,748 m)[2][3]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$7.9 million
Month playedMay
Tournament record score
Aggregate261 Rory Sabbatini (2009),
261 Aaron Wise (2018),
261 Kang Sung-hoon (2019)
To par−23 Aaron Wise (2018),
Kang Sung-hoon (2019)
Current champion
South KoreaKang Sung-hoon

Course layout

AT&T Byron Nelson in 2018



  • Hole #11 is a par 5 for members, 537 yards (491 m) from the back tees

  • The approximate average elevation is 390 feet (120 m) above sea level


YearPlayerCountryScoreTo parMargin
of victory
share ($)
Purse ($)Ref
AT&T Byron Nelson
2019Kang Sung-hoonSouth Korea261−232 strokesUnited StatesMatt Every
United StatesScott Piercy
2018Aaron WiseUnited States261−233 strokesAustraliaMarc Leishman1,386,0007,700,000
2017Billy HorschelUnited States268−12PlayoffAustraliaJason Day1,350,0007,500,000
2016Sergio García (2)Spain265−15PlayoffUnited StatesBrooks Koepka1,314,0007,300,000
2015Steven BowditchAustralia259**−184 strokesUnited StatesCharley Hoffman
United StatesScott Pinckney
United StatesJimmy Walker
HP Byron Nelson Championship
2014Brendon ToddUnited States266−142 strokesCanadaMike Weir1,242,0006,900,000
2013Bae Sang-moonSouth Korea267−132 strokesUnited StatesKeegan Bradley1,206,0006,700,000
2012Jason DufnerUnited States269−111 strokeUnited StatesDicky Pride1,170,0006,500,000
2011Keegan BradleyUnited States277−3PlayoffUnited StatesRyan Palmer1,170,0006,500,000
2010Jason DayAustralia270−102 strokesUnited StatesBlake Adams
United StatesBrian Gay
United StatesJeff Overton
2009Rory SabbatiniSouth Africa261−192 strokesEnglandBrian Davis1,170,0006,500,000
EDS Byron Nelson Championship
2008Adam ScottAustralia273−7PlayoffUnited StatesRyan Moore1,152,0006,400,000
2007Scott VerplankUnited States267−131 strokeEnglandLuke Donald1,134,0006,300,000
2006Brett WetterichUnited States268−121 strokeSouth AfricaTrevor Immelman1,116,0006,200,000
2005Ted PurdyUnited States265−151 strokeUnited StatesSean O'Hair1,116,0006,200,000
2004Sergio GarcíaSpain270−10PlayoffUnited StatesRobert Damron
United StatesDudley Hart
2003Vijay SinghFiji265−152 strokesZimbabweNick Price1,008,0005,600,000
Verizon Byron Nelson Classic
2002Shigeki MaruyamaJapan266−142 strokesUnited StatesBen Crane864,0004,800,000
2001Robert DamronUnited States263−17PlayoffUnited StatesScott Verplank810,0004,500,000
GTE Byron Nelson Classic
2000Jesper ParnevikSweden269−11PlayoffUnited StatesDavis Love III
United StatesPhil Mickelson
1999Loren RobertsUnited States262−18PlayoffUnited StatesSteve Pate540,0003,000,000
GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1998John CookUnited States265−153 strokesUnited StatesFred Couples
United StatesHarrison Frazar
United StatesHal Sutton
1997Tiger WoodsUnited States263−172 strokesUnited StatesLee Rinker324,0001,800,000
1996Phil MickelsonUnited States265−152 strokesAustraliaCraig Parry270,0001,500,000
1995Ernie ElsSouth Africa263−173 strokesUnited StatesRobin Freeman
United StatesMike Heinen
United StatesD. A. Weibring
1994Neal LancasterUnited States132^−9PlayoffUnited StatesTom Byrum
United StatesMark Carnevale
United StatesDavid Edwards
JapanYoshi Mizumaki
United StatesDavid Ogrin
1993Scott SimpsonUnited States270−101 strokeUnited StatesBilly Mayfair
United StatesCorey Pavin
United StatesD. A. Weibring
1992Billy Ray BrownUnited States199*−11PlayoffUnited StatesBen Crenshaw
United StatesRaymond Floyd
United StatesBruce Lietzke
1991Nick PriceZimbabwe270−101 strokeUnited StatesCraig Stadler198,0001,100,000
1990Payne StewartUnited States202*−82 strokesUnited StatesLanny Wadkins180,0001,000,000
1989Jodie MuddUnited States265−15PlayoffUnited StatesLarry Nelson180,0001,000,000
1988Bruce Lietzke (2)United States271−9PlayoffUnited StatesClarence Rose135,000750,000
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1987Fred CouplesUnited States266−14PlayoffUnited StatesMark Calcavecchia108,000600,000
1986Andy BeanUnited States269−111 strokeUnited StatesMark Wiebe108,000600,000
1985Bob EastwoodUnited States272−8PlayoffUnited StatesPayne Stewart90,000500,000
1984Craig StadlerUnited States276−81 strokeUnited StatesDavid Edwards90,000500,000
1983Ben CrenshawUnited States273−71 strokeUnited StatesBrad Bryant
United StatesHal Sutton
1982Bob GilderUnited States266−145 strokesUnited StatesCurtis Strange63,000350,000
1981Bruce LietzkeUnited States281+1PlayoffUnited StatesTom Watson54,000300,000
1980Tom Watson (4)United States274−61 strokeUnited StatesBill Rogers54,000300,000
1979Tom Watson (3)United States275−5PlayoffUnited StatesBill Rogers54,000300,000
1978Tom Watson (2)United States272−81 strokeUnited StatesLee Trevino40,000200,000
1977Raymond FloydUnited States276−82 strokesUnited StatesBen Crenshaw40,000200,000
1976Mark HayesUnited States273−112 strokesUnited StatesDon Bies40,000200,000
1975Tom WatsonUnited States269−152 strokesUnited StatesBob E. Smith35,000175,000
1974Buddy AllinUnited States269−154 strokesUnited StatesHomero Blancas
United StatesCharles Coody
United StatesLee Trevino
United StatesTom Watson
1973Lanny WadkinsUnited States277−3PlayoffUnited StatesDan Sikes30,000150,000
1972Chi-Chi RodríguezUnited States273−7PlayoffUnited StatesBilly Casper25,000125,000
1971Jack Nicklaus (2)United States274−62 strokesUnited StatesFrank Beard
United StatesJerry McGee
1970Jack NicklausUnited States274−6PlayoffUnited StatesArnold Palmer20,000100,000
1969Bruce DevlinAustralia277−31 strokeUnited StatesFrank Beard
AustraliaBruce Crampton
1968Miller BarberUnited States270−101 strokeUnited StatesKermit Zarley20,000100,000
Dallas Open Invitational
1967Bert YanceyUnited States274−101 strokeArgentinaRoberto De Vicenzo
United StatesKermit Zarley
1966Roberto De VicenzoArgentina276−81 strokeUnited StatesJoe Campbell
United StatesRaymond Floyd
South AfricaHarold Henning
1965No tournament
1964Charles CoodyUnited States271−131 strokeUnited StatesJerry Edwards5,80040,000
1963No tournament − Dallas hosted 1963 PGA Championship
1962Billy MaxwellUnited States277−34 strokesUnited StatesJohnny Pott5,30035,000
1961Earl StewartUnited States278−61 strokeUnited StatesGay Brewer
United StatesArnold Palmer
United StatesDoug Sanders
1960Johnny PottUnited States275−5PlayoffUnited StatesTed Kroll
United StatesBo Wininger
1959Julius BorosUnited States274−101 strokeUnited StatesDow Finsterwald
United StatesEarl Stewart
United StatesBo Wininger
1958Sam Snead (3)United States272−12PlayoffUnited StatesJulius Boros
United StatesJohn McMullen
South AfricaGary Player
1957Sam Snead (2)United States264−2010 strokesUnited StatesBob Inman
United StatesBilly Maxwell
United StatesCary Middlecoff
Texas International Open
Peter ThomsonAustralia267−13PlayoffUnited StatesGene Littler
United StatesCary Middlecoff
Dallas Centennial Open
Don JanuaryUnited States268−121 strokeUnited StatesDow Finsterwald
United StatesDoug Ford
1947-55: No tournament
Dallas Invitational
1946Ben HoganUnited States284+42 strokesUnited StatesHerman Keiser
United StatesPaul Runyan
Dallas Open
1945Sam SneadUnited States276−124 strokesUnited StatesJug McSpaden2,00010,000[15]
Texas Victory Open
1944Byron NelsonUnited States276−810 strokesUnited StatesJug McSpaden2,00010,000[16]

*** Par for final three rounds lowered to 69 due to course flooding; 14th hole was converted to a par 3* ** Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes* ^ Indicates weather-shortened to 36 holes Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records. Main sources[5][17][18][19]

Multiple winners

Five men have won this tournament more than once through 2017.

  • 4 wins Tom Watson: 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980

  • 3 wins Sam Snead: 1945, 1957, 1958

  • 2 wins Jack Nicklaus: 1970, 1971 Bruce Lietzke: 1981, 1988 Sergio García: 2004, 2016

Tournament highlights

  • 1956: Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of The Open Championship shoots a final round 63, then makes birdie on the first two holes of sudden death to defeat Gene Littler and Cary Middlecoff. It was his one and only PGA Tour victory in the United States.[20]

  • 1976: Mark Hayes becomes the first wire to wire winner of the Nelson.[21]

  • 1981: Bruce Lietzke defeated Tom Watson in a playoff spoiling Watson's bid for a 4th straight Nelson triumph.[22]

  • 1985: Bob Eastwood defeated Payne Stewart in a playoff after coming to the 72nd hole trailing Stewart by three shots. Eastwood made birdie on the final hole while Stewart made double bogey. Stewart made yet another double bogey on the first hole of sudden death to give Eastwood the title.[23]

  • 1994: Neal Lancaster won the first ever six-player sudden death playoff in PGA Tour history. He made a birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Tom Byrum, Mark Carnevale, David Edwards, Yoshi Mizumaki, and David Ogrin.[24]

  • 2005: Tiger Woods' record streak of 142 cuts made came to an end at this tournament.

  • 2006: After graduating from Q school, Brett Wetterich's win propels him to a surprise Ryder Cup appearance.

  • 2008: Australian Adam Scott sank a 48-foot putt on the third playoff hole to clinch victory over American Ryan Moore.

  • 2010: At age 16, Jordan 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. (In 2011 Spieth would again be granted a sponsor's exemption and would again make the cut, finishing 32nd overall.)

  • 2013: Keegan Bradley hits a course-record 60 (−10) in the first round. Bradley leads the first three rounds, but Bae Sang-moon earned the win.[25]

  • 2018: Aaron Wise sets the tournament record.

  • 2019: Kang Sung-hoon won his first PGA Tour title. Scott Piercy went bogey-free for the entire tournament, becoming the first to do so in a 72-hole PGA Tour event since Charles Howell III at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

See also

  • Dallas Open (1926)


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