Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 HP Byron Nelson Preview, TV Schedule, News and Notes

The summer PGA Tour schedule is upon us.  Many top players will start to play more events to get ready for the majors.  This week, the tour heads to the TPC Four Seasons Resort for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  This year, the tournament is celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of Byron Nelson.  A pioneer for the game, Byron would have loved to see the names his tournament is attracting today.

Keegan Bradley returns to Texas to defend a tournament for the first time in his young career.  The 2011 PGA Champion had a solid start to the season but has fallen off a little bit lately.  Joining him in the field are Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, and 2012 Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen.  Other notable players are last week's winner of the Players Championship, Matt Kuchar, and Adam Scott.

The course at TPC Four Seasons is ranked as the 5th toughest on the PGA Tour.  It will play at just under 7200 yards on the week and play as a par 70.  With bermuda fairways and rough, there will be many jumpy lies on missed fairways.  The greens are definitely one of the harder sets of greens on tour, but do not run too fast.  The scores should not be too low if it does not rain.

TV Coverage:
Thursday 5/17 2-5 PM CST Golf Channel
Friday 5/18 2-5 PM CST Golf Channel
Saturday 5/19 2-5 PM CST CBS
Sunday 5/20 2-5 PM CST CBS

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