2016 AT&T Byron Nelson — Just another PGA Tour event
After a weekend of Jason Day holding off everybody, including the tricked out TPC Sawgrass, we move on to a slightly easier venue. We are in everybody’s favorite city, Dallas, Texas. Seriously, what’s not to like about Dallas? Here’s what to watch for, and just a warning, there really isn’t much to watch for.
But first, the catchiest song ever:
TPC Four Seasons
TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, an impressive 7 words long, hosts this week, measuring 7,166 yards at a par 70. It’s also got a giant hotel as a backdrop. It was designed in 1981, and then redesigned in 2008 by D.A. Weibring and Steve Wolfard, with player consultants, get this, Harrison Frazar and J.J. Henry.
Now I haven’t played the course, so I can’t comment with my own opinions, however I can comment with anonymous tour pros opinions! In a “Worst Courses” opinion poll, TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas came in…. 4th to last. And the quotes from that poll are pretty great too.
“It was bad to begin with, and they still haven’t got it right.” (referring to the 2007 “redeisgn”)
“The worst course we play on tour. It doesn’t reward a good shot. Just terrible all around.”
At least it’s rated better than the other TPC San Antonio Oaks course, host of the Valero Texas Open, which was described as a “complete disaster”. I’d say bering terrible all around is better than being a complete disaster, but that’s just me.
I went through the pgatour.com’s photo tour of the course, which usually includes some cool pictures of the holes, but this time, all the pictures looked the same. Completely bland course. So I apologize for having to include this boring picture.
As surprisingly good field
I was all ready to trash this week as a crappy filler tournament
Check out pgatour.com’s power rankings. Spieth, DJ, Louis, Charl, Kuuuuuuch, and ZJ all teeing it up. Let’s go through the top guys to see what to watch for.
Spieth — MC at the Players, and really hasn’t done much this year besides not winning the Masters again. He also hasn’t played particularly well here at Las Colinas, unable to better his T16 finish that he accomplished as a 16 year old. I wonder if our expectations for Spieth as fans are tied to Tiger’s successes. Like we’re shocked when Spieth plays badly because Tiger really never did when he was Spieth’s age. Anyway, he’s still the #2 ranked golfer in the world, and all eyes will be on him this week.
DJ — Speaking of not doing much, where the hell has Dustin Johnson been this year. Just looked at his results, he’s apparently not missed a cut, never finished worse than 41st, and also had 4 top 5 finishes. Quietest good season I’ve seen in a while.
Louis and Charl — Not the name of a sitcom (though I’d totally watch if it were), Louis and Charl get lumped together because they’re both from South Africa, and both have some of the sweetest swings on tour.
Kuch — Matt Kuchar with the solid 3rd place finish comes into the week obviously playing well. He’s such an interesting player. 7 wins in his career, though none in the past 2 seasons. He’s about to turn 38 in June, and his resurgence as a top contender is impressive for someone of the older generation. I feel like he’s the model of longevity, and someone everyone can root for. Would be cool for him to win again, but as evidenced by PMick, winning when you get old is hard.
My man Bowditch gets his own section here, since he’s not a power ranked player. He’s the defending champion, and someone who got freaking married on the 18th green at TPC Four Seasons 4 years before last year’s win. I’m assuming he’s not power ranked because just this season, he’s shot 9 rounds in the 80 (9!), including four straight at the Cadillac Championship. Luckily for Bowditch, Las Colinas is a par 70, meaning he can be 9 over and still shoot in the 70s. Now that’s some positive thinking.
Not Much Else
While there’s a lot else going on in the golf world, Tiger keeps hitting bad shots, Jason Day keeps winning, Rickie keeps snapping, and players keep dropping out of the olympics, there really isn’t much else to watch for during this event. So go out an play this weekend yourself!
Dallas is such an awful city.That’s why Bubba, Smylie and myself are not playing this weekend.