The AT&T Byron Nelson first started out as the Texas Victory Open in 1944. It was played at Lakewood Country Club and Byron Nelson was the tournament’s first winner.
In 1968 the event was renamed the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and the tournament has been associated with the Nelson name since.
Last year, the tournament moved outside Dallas County’s borders for the first time to McKinney’s TPC Craig Ranch in Collin County. TPC Craig Ranch will be the host course for the AT&T Byron Nelson up until 2025.
McKinney businessman, David Craig, developed the $30M golf club which was completed in 2004. His vision from the outset was that the course would someday host the Byron Nelson tournament. The 7,438-yard Par 72 was designed by Tom Weiskopf and is a member of the Tournament Players Club network operated by the PGA Tour.
“When we hired Tom Weiskopf to design TPC Craig Ranch, I made it very clear that my vision was that this golf course would someday host the Byron Nelson,”
It was the venue for the season ending 2008 Nationwide Tour Championship and the 2012 Web.com Championship. Matt Bettencourt won the 2008 Nationwide Tour Championship on a score of -17 (267), 1 shot clear of Jeff Klauk. Justin Boli won the 2012 edition of the Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch on a score -16 (268).
TPC Craig Ranch is about ten miles from the future site of the PGA of America headquarters. The new headquarters has two championship courses under construction, one of which is scheduled to host the 2027 PGA Championship.
The course features a variety of challenges. From short Par 4’s such as the drivable 14th that measures just 330 yards to three Par 3’s that play over 215 yards. The Par 3 7th tops out at 232 yards. The stock Par 5’s average out at a modest 558 yards. The closing hole on the outward nine features the longest Par 5 at 569 yards.
Those who find the short grass with regularity this week should prosper. The course’s biggest defense is the wind and if it blows, the importance of accuracy increases.
TPC Craig Ranch Scorecard
2021 AT&T Byron Nelson | K.H. Lee
Winning Score -25 (263)
Last year’s AT&T Byron Nelson saw South Korean, K.H. Lee, capture his first PGA Tour victory. He carded four rounds in the 60’s including a pair of 65’s in his opening two rounds. Lee finished on -25 (263) for the tournament, three strokes clear of his nearest rival, Sam Burns. On his way to victory, he racked up 28 Birdies and squared only three Bogeys for the week.
Strokes Gained Category
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Lee’s iron-play on approach was imperious. He finished the week 2nd in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green category or a gain of 8.272 strokes. This equated to almost 54% of his overall gain on the field average for the tournament. He also finished in the Top 10 in Strokes Gained Putting, a gain of 4.507 strokes or just shy of 30% of his overall gain for the week. Other stats include T81 for Driving Accuracy, T72 for Driving Distance, T5 for GIR and 6th in Putts per GIR.
AT&T Byron Nelson Tips
Sam Burns 20/1 (E/W) – runner up in last year’s edition of the Byron Nelson played at TPC Craig Ranch. Finished that tournament on a score of -22 (266), so reasonable to infer that the course suits his eye. Already a multiple winner on Tour this season with victories in the Sanderson’s Farm Championship and a successful title defense of the Valspar Championship. His strong season to date is reflected in his stats, placing 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis. The 25-year old is also 10th on Tour for GIR and 7th for Birdie Average. Among the elite in the field, he ticks a lot of boxes to make it win number three this season.
Seamus Power 50/1 (E/W) – a regular at the AT&T Byron Nelson he finished in the Top 10 at last year’s edition of the tournament played at TPC Craig Ranch. Enjoying a strong season with 4 x Top 10’s among 9 x Top 25 finishes. The likeable Irishman places inside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis which is testament to where his game is at currently. He is also 6th on Tour for GIR and 19th for Scoring Average. Willing to overlook last week’s Wells Fargo’s missed cut, the benefit of which is a couple of extra days of rest. Inexperience has rapidly eroded in favor of comfort and consistency. Good each way value.
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