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PGA - HP Byron Nelson Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 16th through Sunday, May 19th
SITE: TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jay Morrish (1983), Ben Crenshaw/Byron Nelson
         (consultants), D.A. Weibring/Steve Wolfard (2008), J.J.
         Henry and Harrison Frazar (consultants)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,166
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 458 yds10 - Par 4 435 yds
2 - Par 3 221 yds11 - Par 4 323 yds
3 - Par 4 528 yds12 - Par 4 455 yds
4 - Par 4 431 yds13 - Par 3 180 yds
5 - Par 3 174 yds14 - Par 4 406 yds
6 - Par 4 448 yds15 - Par 4 504 yds
7 - Par 5 542 yds16 - Par 5 546 yds
8 - Par 4 461 yds17 - Par 3 198 yds
9 - Par 4 427 yds18 - Par 4 429 yds
35 3,690 yds35 3,476 yds
Annual:  60th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Jason Dufner
Runner-Up:  Dicky Pride
Tournament Record:  261 (Rory Sabbatini, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Loren Roberts, 1999)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Lee Rinker, Tiger Woods, 1997;
  Steve Pate, Tiger Woods, 1999)
Course Record:  61 (Billy Mayfair, 1993; Charlie Rymer, 1996;
  Justin Leonard, 2001; Cameron Beckman, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Sam Snead, 1957 - Glen Lakes Country Club;
  Arron Oberholser, 2006 - Cottonwood Valley)
Total Purse:  $6,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,206,000; 2nd Place - $723,600; 3rd Place - $455,600
2012 Finish
Jason Dufner269Marc Leishman271
Dicky Pride270Ken Duke274
Jonas Blixt271Phil Mickelson274
Joe Durant271Six players at275
J.J. Henry271
Past HP Byron Nelson Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Jason Dufner (269) -- Dicky Pride
2011*Keegan Bradley (277) -- Ryan Palmer
2010Jason Day (270) -- Brian Gay, Blake Adams, Jeff Overton
2009Rory Sabbatini (261) -- Brian Davis
2008*Adam Scott (273) -- Ryan Moore
2007Scott Verplank (267) -- Luke Donald
2006Brett Wetterich (268) -- Trevor Immelman
2005Ted Purdy (265) -- Sean O'Hair
2004*Sergio Garcia (270) -- Robert Damron, Dudley Hart
2003Vijay Singh (265) -- Nick Price
2002Shigeki Maruyama (266) -- Ben Crane
2001*Robert Damron (263) -- Scott Verplank
2000*Jesper Parnevik (269) -- Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III
1999*Loren Roberts (262) -- Steve Pate
1998John Cook (265) -- Fred Couples, Hal Sutton, Harrison Frazar
1997Tiger Woods (263) -- Lee Rinker
1996Phil Mickelson (265) -- Craig Parry
1995Ernie Els (263) -- Mike Heinen, D.A. Weibring, Robin Freeman
1994*#Neal Lancaster (132) -- David Ogrin, David Edwards, Mark Carnevale,
Tom Byrum, Yoshinori Mizumaki
1993Scott Simpson (270) -- Corey Pavin, D.A. Weibring
1992*#Billy Ray Brown (199) -- Ray Floyd, Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke
1991Nick Price (270) -- Craig Stadler
1990#Payne Stewart (202) -- Lanny Wadkins
1989*Jodie Mudd (265) -- Larry Nelson
1988*Bruce Lietzke (271) -- Clarence Rose
1987*Fred Couples (266) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1986Andy Bean (269) -- Mark Wiebe
1985*Bob Eastwood (272) -- Payne Stewart
1984Craig Stadler (276) -- David Edwards
1983Ben Crenshaw (273) -- Hal Sutton, Brad Bryant
1982Bob Gilder (266) -- Curtis Strange
1981*Bruce Lietzke (281) -- Tom Watson
1980Tom Watson (274) -- Bill Rogers
1979*Tom Watson (275) -- Bill Rogers
1978Tom Watson (272) -- Lee Trevino
1977Ray Floyd (276) -- Ben Crenshaw
1976Mark Hayes (273) -- Don Bies
1975Tom Watson (269) -- Bob E. Smith
1974Buddy Allin (269) -- Charles Coody, Homero Blancas, Lee Trevino,
Tom Watson
1973*Lanny Wadkins (277) -- Dan Sikes
1972*Chi Chi Rodriguez (273) -- Billy Casper
1971Jack Nicklaus (274) -- Jerry McGee, Frank Beard
1970*Jack Nicklaus (274) -- Arnold Palmer
1969Bruce Devlin (277) -- Frank Beard, Bruce Crampton
1968Miller Barber (270) -- Kermit Zarley
1967Bert Yancey (274) -- Roberto de Vicenzo
1966Roberto de Vicenzo (276) -- Ray Floyd, Joe Campbell, Harold Henning
1965Not Held
1964Charles Coody (271) -- Jerry Edwards
1963Not Held
1962Billy Maxwell (277) -- Johnny Pott
1961Earl Stewart, Jr. (278) -- Gay Brewer, Doug Sanders, Arnold Palmer
1960*Johnny Pott (275) -- Bo Winninger, Ted Kroll
1959Julius Boros (274) -- Earl Stewart Jr, Dow Finsterwald, Bo Winninger
1958*Sam Snead (272) -- Gary Player, Julius Boros, John McMullin
1957Sam Snead (264) -- Billy Maxwell, Cary Middlecoff, Bob Inman
1956*Peter Thomson (267) -- Gene Littler, Cary Middlecoff
1956Don January (268) -- Dow Finsterwald, Doug Ford
1955Not Held
1954Not Held
1953Not Held
1952Not Held
1951Not Held
1950Not Held
1949Not Held
1948Not Held
1947Not Held
1946Ben Hogan (284) -- Herman Keiser, Paul Runyan
1945Sam Snead (276) -- Harold McSpaden
1944Byron Nelson (276) -- Harold McSpaden

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called EDS Byron Nelson Championship (2003-08),
Verizon Byron Nelson Classic (2001-02), GTE Byron Nelson Classic (1988-2000), Byron Nelson Golf Classic (1968-87), Dallas Open (1944-67). The event was held twice in 1956 (May and June).

Top Contenders in the Field
Jason Dufner---mc------mc---------T-8Won
Dicky Pride------------mc------------2nd
Marc Leishman------------------T-8T-12mcT-3
Ryan Palmer---mcmcT-73mcmcmcmc2ndT-9
Jason Day---------------------Won5thT-9
Vijay SinghWonT-59T-3T-48T-13---T-16mcT-27T-9
Matt Kuchar------------T-39T-42T-39---T-6T-15
James Driscoll------T-35T-79---mcT-35T-59T-8T-19
D.A. Points------mcmc------3rdT-7T-40T-19
Keegan Bradley------------------------WonT-24
Brian GaymcmcmcT-19mcT-7mcT-2T-14T-56
Rory Sabbatini74thT-21T-14T-61T-3mcWonT-43mcmc
Jeff Maggertmcmc---mc---mcT-8mcwdmc
Louis Oosthuizen---------------------------mc
Martin Kaymer------------------------------
Charl Schwartzel------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Louis Oosthuizen
Darkhorse - Marc Leishman
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kevin Streelman) - Finished tied for 2nd
The PGA Tour travels to the Lone Star State for one of the most storied events on tour, as players begin gearing up for the U.S. Open Championship in four weeks. Five of the top 25 players in the world and the last four winners of this tournament are expected to compete. The highest-ranked player in the field is Louis Oosthuizen at No. 7 in the world. He is joined by Matt Kuchar (12), 2011 champion Keegan Bradley (14), defending champion Jason Dufner (20) and 2010 champion Jason Day (25). The purse increased $200,000 from last year to $6.7 million, with the winner receiving $1,206,000.

The ninth-oldest tournament on tour -- not including the majors -- the HP Byron Nelson Championship is one of only two events named for a player. The other event is the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which was known as the Bay Hill Invitational until 2007. Nelson has had his name attached to this tournament since 1968. This will be the seventh staging since Nelson passed away at the age of 94 in September of 2006.

This week, Dufner will try to become the first player since Tom Watson in 1978-80 to successfully defend his title. Only Watson, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus have won consecutive titles, with Watson winning three in a row.

Previous winners of this prestigious event include: Snead, Nicklaus, Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Payne Stewart, Nick Price, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia. International players have had great success the past several years, winning six times in the last 11 seasons.

Last year, Dufner poured in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by a single stroke over Dicky Pride. Dufner fired four rounds in the 60s to finish at 11-under-par 269. The win was his second in four weeks on the PGA Tour.

In 2011, Bradley parred the first playoff hole to defeat Ryan Palmer and earn his first PGA Tour title. He became the first rookie to win this tournament. Bradley shot rounds of 66-71-72-68 to get in at 3-under-par 277. Palmer rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Palmer's birdie on the 18th at the TPC-Four Seasons Resort was one of just two on that hole in the final round. Bradley would go on to win the PGA Championship in 2011 in his first appearance in a major and was named the 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Bradley's 3-under-par total in 2011 was the highest winning score in relation to par since Bruce Lietzke's 1-over-par total in 1981. It was the highest in a non-major since David Duval's 3-under winning score at the 1999 Players Championship.

In 2010, Day got up and down for bogey on the 18th hole after hitting his ball in the water, and that was good enough to give him the win by two shots over Brian Gay, Blake Adams and Jeff Overton. Day fired rounds of 66-65-67-72 and ended at 10-under-par 270 to earn his first victory on the PGA Tour.

Rory Sabbatini grabbed the lead for good with a birdie on the 11th hole in the final round, but needed four more birdies to secure his 2009 win. Sabbatini closed with a 6-under 64 to finish with a 72-hole scoring record of 19-under- par 261. He bested the old mark of 262, which Loren Roberts and Steve Pate set in 1999. The win was Sabbatini's fifth on the PGA Tour. With the victory, Sabbatini became the 14th player win Nelson's and Ben Hogan's (Colonial) tournaments. His final-round, 6-under 64 was the lowest final round by a winner at this event since Peter Thomson fired a 63 in 1956.

In one of the most emotional victories on tour, Scott Verplank captured the 2007 tournament, as he fashioned four sub-70 scores to clip Luke Donald by a shot. The Dallas resident, who had strong ties to the late tournament host, overcame a 3-shot deficit during the final day to claim his fifth career win. The victory came in his 21st appearance at the tournament, the most starts by a winner claiming his first Byron Nelson Championship.

Verplank became the sixth player over the age of 40 to win here, joining Snead (1957-58), Roberto de Vicenzo (1966), John Cook (1998), Roberts (1999) and Singh (2003).

Woods missed the cut at the 2005 event. It marked the first time he missed a cut on the PGA Tour since he withdrew from the 1998 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, ending his PGA Tour record of 142 consecutive events in the money. In nine appearances at this tournament, Woods has six top-5 finishes, including a win in 1997.

Nelson won the first Nelson Championship in 1944 and went on to win the season-long money title. There have been five other players to accomplish that feat: Hogan (1946), Nicklaus (1971), Watson (1978-80), Woods (1997) and Singh (2003). Watson, a four-time winner, has finished in the top ten 14 times and made the cut in 23 of 28 Nelsons.

Nine players have captured their first PGA Tour victory at this event: Don January (1956), Charles Coody (1964), Mark Hayes (1976), Neal Lancaster (1994), Robert Damron (2000), Ted Purdy (2005), Brett Wetterich (2006), Day (2010) and Bradley (2011).

The PGA Tour remains in Texas next week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, where Zach Johnson will defend his title.

05/14 16:45:40 ET

As of May 14, 2013, at 04:45 PM ET